paranaple centre, Devonport

Community Development is many things and can be approached in many ways.  At is very core though, Community Development is done ‘together’.

Join us in Devonport for the annual Neighbourhood Houses conference in Tasmania.  Be inspired, energized and reconnect with friends and colleagues from across the network. Bring your ideas and stories and let’s do it again.  Let’s celebrate Neighbourhood Houses and Community Development Together.

Keynote speaker Cormac Russell

Cormac is Managing Director of Nurture Development in Ireland, and a faculty member of the Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) Institute at Northwestern University, Chicago.

Over the last 20 years Cormac has worked in over 30 countries around the world. He has trained communities, agencies, NGOs and governments in ABCD and other strengths based approaches in Kenya, Rwanda, Southern Sudan, South Africa, the UK, Ireland, Sweden, the Netherlands, Canada and Australia.

He is passionate about the proliferation of community-driven change and citizen-centered democracy, and has supported hundreds of communities to make ABCD visible through what he calls ABCD Neighbourhood Learning Sites.

His motto, paraphrasing Benjamin Franklin, is: ‘When it comes to Community Building, well done is better than well said’.

You can see a snippet of Cormac at work in this video

 Conference Program

Wednesday 25 September – evening reception East Devonport Community House


Conference dinner – Thursday 26 September

Dinner will be held at the conference venue.  The theme is

“Nauticool or Nice”

Devonport is a port city at the mouth of the Mersey River, and of course has a rich maritime history.  And then there are all sorts of other ways to interpret the theme – so have fun, and don’t forget we’ll have awards for best dressed etc…

Workshop information:

1.Grant writing –  tips and tricks for success. Get the low down on writing grants from two grant providers and an opportunity to ask questions
2. Governance for House Boards – an update on the Handbook for boards and how to use it with your Board, along with a Q and A on dealing with the issues your board may be facing.
3. Facilitation 101 – how to create the space , and manage the process for a productive and informative conversation.
4.Gardening and Food Workshop – speakers to be finalised.
5. Bullying and Harassment – what are the requirements and methods for dealing with these challenging situations.


Thanks to our sponsors for their generous support that enables  us to participation by
the staff and volunteers of our Member Houses at subsidised rates.

 If you would like to sponsor the NHT Conference for 2019, you can download our 2019 sponsorship package
or get in touch with



Conference will be held at the paranaple centre, Devonport



We encourage you to book direct with your accommodation provider.  Travel booking websites offer good deals, but local accommodation providers do better if we book direct.

Click here for the Discover Tasmania website for accommodation in the Devonport area.



Download the Group Registration Spreadsheet designed for Houses HERE

Download the Group registration Hard Copy Form HERE 

Click here to register online.

Download NHT’s Cancellation policy

EXPO 2019

Expo will happen on Thursday 26 September from around 12 noon – 2pm.  Set up time will be advised.

We’re happy to take your form in case another organisation cancels their booking. Please send in the below Expression of Interest form, and we’ll confirm your place when we can.  Please download the below form, and mail it into 



Previous Conferences

Conference 2018 – Creating our Future

Conference 2017 – Connected Communities

Conference 2016 – Making it Happen

Conference 2015 – Our Enterprising Communities

Conference 2014