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Local Community Organisations


Karabar Housing Cooperative has proudly developed strong ties with local community organisations including the Lions Club of Queanbeyan and the Rotary Club of Jerrabomberra.

The Cooperative works closely with the Queanbeyan and District Anglican Church,

St Benedict's Community Centre and HOME in Queanbeyan, sharing a common interest in providing safe and affordable housing for those in need in Queanbeyan.

We collaborate with St Benedict’s and Celebration Community to ensure all housing applicants and tenants have access to appropriate housing, advocacy and practical support when necessary.

We enjoy head lease arrangements with the Queanbeyan and District Anglican Church on two parcels of land where the majority of the Cooperative's townhouses are situated. Leases are in place until 2044, which demonstrates the commitment of both organisations to our shared mission and common goals.



Local Action to Address Homelessness and Housing Affordability


The Queanbeyan Housing Action Collective (Q-HAC) is a voluntary collective whose members support responses to local homelessness, domestic violence and affordable housing needs of people in our community.  Q-HAC foundation members are: 

St Benedicts Community Centre (Home; Molonglo Support Services (Home - Molonglo Support Services); Karabar Housing Cooperative (Home (, and the Terry Campese Foundation (The Terry Campese Foundation).  

Q-HAC was formed to identify innovative ways to address homelessness and housing affordability in our region and, since its inception in 2018, Q-HAC foundation members have partnered with state government, local government, local businesses, local charitable organisations, local service clubs, and community members to achieve success.

Five years of Q-HAC initiatives include:

  • Community awareness raising by sharing our community’s homelessness and housing Issues by hosting the “Creating a Better Queanbeyan” Forum – 2018

  • Developing the Issues Paper “The Right to a Home”, and presenting it to the Queanbeyan Palerang Regional Council – 2018

  • Designing and running the “24 hours Without” participatory event where 8 local identities experienced 24 hours of actual scenarios of homelessness - 2019

  • Hosting the thankyou (for the above event), Fundraising Dinner and Auction to announce the goal of raising $100,000 to bring a Sleepbus (sleepbus : Queanbeyan Service) to our community as an alternative to rough/unsafe sleeping – 2019

  • Achieving the Sleepbus Fundraising goal of $100,000 - 2020

  • Welcoming the Sleepbus commencement of service – 2021

  • Inviting local council candidates to raise their awareness of the current local homelessness and affordable housing situation and the need for the development of an Affordable Housing Strategy – 2021

  • Presenting in favour of the motion to develop an Affordable Housing Strategy at a QPRC council meeting

  • Celebrating Sleepbus as the 2002 Australia Day Community Event of the Year Award winner.

  • Celebrating Kelli Roxon who was awarded 2023 Queanbeyan Citizen of the Year for her outstanding and enduring leadership as a volunteer with Sleepbus Queanbeyan


Lions Community Bookshop

The Cooperative thanks the Lions Community Bookshop for its amazingly generous and regular donations over several years.  These donations have contributed to the cost of replacing floor coverings and installing reverse-cycle air conditioning units in Karabar Housing homes. 

We also thank members of the Lions Club of Queanbeyan who assisted the Cooperative host its very successful pilot barbecue for tenants post-COVID. 



Support from Rotary Jerrabomberra has allowed Karabar Housing to upgrade a bathroom for one of our senior tenants, and to beautify the grounds of the complex known as Beth Shalom.

Beth Shalom is a 6-unit complex owned by the Queanbeyan and District Anglican Church (QDAC).  The intention behind the existence of Beth Shalom has been to provide low-cost accommodation for parishioners and people in need in the Queanbeyan area.  Karabar Housing provides property management support services to QDAC for Beth Shalom.    

See details of the projects here:

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BethShalom Rotary award
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