Regional Social Development Coalition

Building Community leadership and capacity to strengthen our regional communities.


RSDC, Regional Social Development Coalition, originally established in 1974 as MRCSD , works to build community leadership and capacity to strengthen regional communities in the Whitsunday Isaac and Mackay area.

RSDC has a support and advocacy role, rather than a service delivery role. By working with local, community managed organisations, we can provide individual mentoring and support to ensure ongoing sustainability so that organisations can continue to provide those services and activities which are essential for a strong and resilient community.

RSDC is also an advocate for local and regional issues, supporting the collective voice to be heard.   Through our relationships with peak bodies, such as Volunteering QLD, Coalition for Community Boards, QCOSS and Community Services Industry Alliance, as well as Federal and Queensland Government departments, RSDC is able to lobby and progress your local concerns by fostering collaboration and regional planning around those concerns.

RSDC’s diverse membership comes from across the WIM region and we offer membership to organisations and individuals at minimal fee

Core Values, Purpose

The Regional Social Development Centre (RSDC) affirms that it is passionate about the CORE VALUES of:

  • Social justice and inclusion
  • Promoting respect and diversity
  • Empowering people to have a voice
  • Fostering grassroots action
  • Integrity

This will result from social infrastructure investment projects run by the RSDC and the organisation’s advocacy as a regional peak body (in partnership with state and federal governments, regional councils, industry and community based organisations as well as individuals) that aims to ‘fill the gap’ in needs, improve social capital and empower people in the region.



Goal and Future Vision

In pursuit of its CORE PURPOSE of empowering people to make communities better places to live, our GOAL is that the RSDC is recognised as the regional peak body for community and social development issues.

We work towards a FUTURE in which the Mackay, Whitsunday and Isaac region has a high standard of social well-being and where residents recognise the RSDC as having played a key role in facilitating their efforts to make the region one of the most liveable and friendly.


Until September 2010, the Regional Social Development Centre was known as the Mackay Regional Council for Social Development, or MRCSD.   A snapshot of the organisation’s history in this region includes: 1970’s

  • MRCSD was formed in 1974 under the Australian Assistance Plan
  • MRCSD was designed to allow regional areas in Australia to assess and resource their own social needs.
  • Individuals and organisations came together from across the region to raise their issues and work with MRCSD staff to develop strategies to address them
  • These individuals and organisations from across the region also determined the future focus and activity of MRCSD
  • Funding ceased after an initial 3 year period due to change of (Whitlam) govt
  • Evaluation conducted and MRCSD found to be a valuable resource, but funding did not continue
  • The organisation continued to function with the assistance of committed local people working on a voluntary basis


  • Some funding was received in 1990 from the Qld government
  •  Since that time, the organisation has continued to operate with grants from both state and federal governments funding specific programs and projects.


  • Community Development Worker program implemented, with recurrent funding from Dept of Communities
  • Also managed Community Housing and Migrant Settlement Programs


  • Commenced Welcome Centre project, Volunteer Hub and Creative Generators Regional Arts project
  • Commenced offering training workshops
  • Changed organisation’s name to Regional Social Development Centre


Work undertaken throughout the history of the Regional Social Development Centre includes:

  • Establishing an Emergency Respite Service
  • Fostering the development of Australia’s first Australian South Sea Islander community association.
  • Informing government through public forums and submissions of policy gaps and the impact of such on local communities (e.g. increased insurance requirements for community-based organisations, closure of Taxi Transit service in Mackay, participation in development of Whitsunday, Hinterland and Mackay regional plan).
  • Working with individuals and groups to establish Disability Enhancement Fund.
  • Auspicing many groups and organisations, some of which have progressed to becoming their own incorporated associations (e.g. George St Neighbourhood Centre programs).
  • Community Builders project in Pioneer Valley, which supported two individuals to become councillors, then mayors, of the former Sarina and Mirani Shires.

RSDC Current Activities, Community Links, Publications.

PLACED-BASED solutions forum Flyer 22-25th October 2018

Join our Community Forum with RSDC

Monday 22 October 2018,  9:30am – 4:30pm
Venue: CQU Mackay Ooralea Campus

Regional Social Development Coalition (RSDC) is very proud to be partnering with SEGRA 2018 to bring you a
pre-conference event
Community Forum.

This forum is for you:

  • Community minded people living and working in regional communities
  • Management committee and board members
  • Community organisation employees and volunteers
  • People with interest in working collaboratively
  • Government department staff in regional offices
  • Local, state and federal government employees


  • Download the Placed based solutions forum flyer below for information on the event.

PLACED-BASED solutions Highlights 22nd October 2018

Join our Community Forum with RSDC

Monday 22 October 2018,  9:30am – 4:30pm
Venue: CQU Mackay Ooralea Campus

“Strengthening Communities in WIM” project, aimed at enhancing community leadership and cohesion

to build stronger, more resilient regional communities across WIM region.

SEGRA is Australia’s most credible independent voice on issues affecting regional Australia.

  • Download the Placed based solutions forum highlights flyer below for information on the event.

PLACED-BASED solutions workshop 18th Oct

Join our Community Workshops with RSDC

18 October 2018,  3pm – 6pm
Venue: Magpies Sporting Club, 1 Glenella Rd, Mackay

Join us to have your say about the value of locally manged organisation, the challenges facing locally managed organisation, and the resources needed to develop a regional model of sustainability for our communities.

  • Download the flyer below for information on the event.

Changing Lives, Changing Communities

Changing Lives, Changing Communities

Mackay 17 & 18 October 2018

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is here and brings opportunities to build and shape inclusive, thriving communities. Changing Lives, Changing Communities is about
bringing together all parts of the community to co-create solutions to ensure people with disability are included in their community and can access what they need, like a place to call home, good health, transport, education and a job.
This event will focus on what we have achieved and what more we can do together. During the two days we will discuss the stories we want to tell in our communities and how they can change the outcomes for people with disability and people everywhere. We will then work through a process to create the movement for change.

Download the flyer below for information on the event, and please don’t forget to register at QCOSS.ORG.AU

Community Forum Mackay 10 Oct

Community Workshops with RSDC

For over 40 years Regional Social Development Coalition (RSDC) has been working across WHITSUNDAY ISAAC, MACKAY region to address the concerns and needs of communities through social infrastructure projects,
supporting collaborative partnerships and advocating for matters of concern.

Download the flyer below and join our community workshop with RSDC on Octcober 10th