The Team

Josephine Tait

CEO – Weipa Community Care Association Inc.

Josephine has recently joined as CEO of Weipa Community Care since and has enjoyed the challenges that this role has presented. Josephine was previously on the board of the Community Centre and has a passion for helping the local community that shines through in her work.

Rachel Meredith

NILS Officer

Rachel is responsible for providing financial support to low income families (NILS) in Weipa and surrounding communities of Mapoon, Napranum and the Cape Region. She provides basic budgeting advice to potential clients who may require items to enhance their quality of life and to promote financial independence.

Rachel Meredith

Community Development Officer

Rachel is currently in this role for 6 months and joined the team in February 2019. Rachel has worked as Support Worker for our Crisis Shelter and assists with this role when required, she is also the No Interest Loan Scheme (NILS) Support Worker. Her role includes developing and nurturing community relationships by engaging various networks through centre based activities, events and workshops in surrounding areas of Weipa and Cape York.

Annie Don'e

Youth Alcohol and Other Drugs Case Manager

Annie is pioneering this new position in the team, which provides support and case management services to local young people who are struggling with substance misuse. Annie has previously worked in as Support Worker for our Crisis Shelter and has built a strong rapport with the Weipa community.

Renu Ayyappan

Administration Assistant

Renu joined our team in May 2019 and has become an integral part of the team. Renu spends her time assisting the CEO and the Team and is consistently striving for the best results.

Lauren Gregory

Cape Youth Connect Coordinator

Lauren is currently the Team Leader of the Weipa Community Care Association Inc. Child Care Services delivering quality service and assurance for the day to day coordination of the Weipa Family Day Care Scheme.

Lauren Gregory

Family Day Care Coordinator

Lauren has recently joined the team and has previously worked with Weipa Community Care in various roles. Lauren currently works along side our Family Day Care Educators throughout Weipa and surrounds.

Alanna Schneider

Support Worker – Shelter

Alanna provides quality support and assistance to victims of domestic and family and violence. She works closely with women and their accompanying families who access the Western Cape Women’s Shelter providing them with essential empowerment strategies.  Her warm heartedness and compassion brings a smile to everyone’s face.

Susan Bowman

Domestic and Family Violence Counsellor - Weipa North West Cape Healing Services

Sue offers free counselling to community members affected by domestic and family violence This services operates 5 days a week and is currently being supported by other services with referrals.  Monday – Weipa, Tuesday – Napranum and Wednesday – Mapoon.  Anyone who would like to access this free service can call 0400 950 344.  Walk in appointments are also accepted.

Debbie Patterson

Op Shop Supervisor

Debbie is responsible for the day to day operation of our Community Op Shop. Debbie has been in this role for 6 months. Debbie is a vibrant personality and is always eager to assist in customer service. 

Leesa Groom

Finance Officer

Leesa is an important part of the team at the Community Centre. She is our dedicated virtual finance whizz specialising in accounting, booking keeping and payroll.

Joan Watterson

Café Supervisor

Joan has been volunteer at the Community Centre for some years and recently joined the team in her full/time role overseeing the Café, Op-Shop and volunteering program


Nay Bunkhrong

Loraine Smith

Become A Volunteer

There are several ways you can volunteer at Weipa Community Care Inc. from assisting in the Op Shop, Café, Administration to helping at events and in the Healing Services. Volunteering is a great way to give back to the community while meeting new friends and gaining valuable experience and skills.

Committee Members

Robert Cedar – President
 Chris Newman – Treasurer
Tracey Jia – Secretary

We would like to pay our respects to and acknowledge the Traditional owners and custodians of the land we work, play, walk and dwell. We also pay our respects and thanks to the Elders of past, present and future. Services are funded by the Department of Housing and Public Works and the Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors and the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women. Family Day Care is funded by the Federal Government and in partnership with Rio Tinto and Weipa Town Authority. NILS is funded by Good Shephard Micro Finance and National Australia Bank.