Emerald Centre Renaming to the Leslie Wilson Outback Centre

Emerald Centre Renaming to the Leslie Wilson Outback Centre

BUSHkids was proud to welcome his Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland in Emerald on Wednesday 26 May to rename the centre in honour of his predecessor and founder of BUSHkids, Sir Leslie Orme Wilson, 15th Governor of Queensland.

Since Sir Leslie Wilson’s founding of BUSHkids over 85 years ago, the organization has helped change the lives of over 50,000 young Queenslanders and their families.

We’d like to thank the current governer, His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC for taking time out of his busy schedule to visit our Emerald Centre and perform the official renaming for us.

The now titled ‘Leslie Wilson Outback Centre’ has been providing services to the Central Highlands since 1997 and receives wonderful support from the local community thanks to the hard work of our Friends of BUSHkids (FoBK) volunteers who are chaired by farmer and grazier, Charlie Wilson, Sir Leslie’s grandson.

BUSHkids vision for the development of supports across Western Queensland is becoming a reality under Charlie Wilson’s leadership as chair and the Friends of BUSHkids in Emerald are working to help BUSHkids achieve this through a long term, sustainable fundraising program that will support this approach long into the future.

If you’re interested in supporting BUSHkids, please call our Brisbane Office on 07 3870 7288.

You can also find pictures from the day below.  Tap or click on individual pictures to see more, then tap left or right of the picture to cycle through the gallery.

Emerald Centre Renaming



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New opportunities for CQ children as Bushkids office opens

CQ CHILDREN with disabilities are set to benefit from a new Bushkids team in Rockhampton.

They can now be given access to more support services after a new office opened on New Year’s Day on Bolsover St.

Babies as young as zero to children aged six will benefit from the Bushkids program.

Their 10 Rockhampton staff offer early intervention for children with developmental delay or disability, which had not been consistently available across the region.

Susan Harrison, Bushkids’ clinical services manager said the organisation had a contract to provide these services to families on behalf of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

She said the NDIS provides an opportunity for parents to discuss concerns about their child’s development with a team member who would be able to provide them with advice.

These services extend from Rockhampton to Gladstone, Emerald and Biloela areas.

To read more please visit The Morning Bulletin’s article written by Sean Fox of The Morning Bulletin here

NDIS programs for young kids to roll out in CQ this year

It’S a not-for-profit organisation that has a history with Central Queensland dating back to the 1930s and later this year, it will be offering extra services to the region’s bush kids.

BUSHkids, which is part of the Royal Queensland Bush Children’s Health Scheme, has been chose to deliver Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) services to Rockhampton and Central Queensland under the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

From November, BUSHkids will start providing ECEI services to children living around Rockhampton, Gladstone, Biloela, Emerald and the Central Highlands…

To read more please visit The Morning Bulletin’s article written by Kerri-Anne Mesner.  The article can be found here.