Community Corner with Gemma – May Edition

May 31, 2024 | Townsville Fire news

As May ends, I can’t help but feel immensely proud of what we achieved this month and what we ignited for the future. As the Community Engagement Manager for the Townsville Fire, May brought a new and impactful addition to our school programs.

We have made significant strides in how we educate and engage our community. Here’s a personal recap of the month that was.




One of the most meaningful initiatives was partnering with Penney, the incredible Community Engagement Coordinator from North Queensland Women’s Legal Service, to start the conversation about coercive control, this initiative was proudly sponsored by South32 Cannington.

Leading the Change: Penney and I visited schools across Townsville and even took our message on the road to the Burdekin, reaching out to kids from Ayr and Bowen. Understanding the signs of coercive control is vital, and these workshops brought new knowledge to both students and teachers. It’s in our control to end coercive control. The enthusiastic response has inspired us to extend this workshop until the end of the school year, and also due to keen interest from North Queensland schools.

Watch our video to learn more about how this campaign was rolled out.




Our players brought energy and excitement to the courts with our basketball clinics, thanks to our fantastic players Saffron Shiels, Ella Tofaeono, and Indi Bowyer.

These clinics were more than just basketball lessons—they were opportunities to foster a sense of community and teamwork. We strive to create an environment where students feel encouraged and supported, from beginners to pros. Basketball is a fantastic way to teach important life skills like teamwork and perseverance. By engaging directly with the kids, these clinics help strengthen the bond between Townsville Fire and the local community, playing sports a fun and educational experience for all involved.


Strengthening Bonds

May was about more than just delivering programs; it was about forging meaningful connections. From heartfelt discussions during workshops to high-fives after successful shots, every interaction helped deepen the bond between Townsville Fire and the broader North Queensland community.

Reflecting on May, I’m filled with gratitude for the teamwork and dedication from everyone involved. Our partnership with North Queensland Women’s Legal Service has had a significant impact, and I’m excited about the future. Together, we’re making a real difference, and I can’t wait to see how we continue to grow. Here’s to keeping the fire burning bright and making an even greater impact in the months to come. Stay tuned!

For more information on our Community Programs click the link HERE.

Community update by Gemma Heaft, Community Engagement Manager.