Three Sista’s Pty Ltd was established in 2011 as a social enterprise dedicated to providing affordable transitional/crisis accommodation.
The uniqueness of the Three Sista’s business model is underpinned by the social mandate that allows us to broker agreements with a range of non-government, private and government organisations to deliver identified services that contribute to our mantra of “a hand up not hand out”.
Using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems has earned us a spot as Australia’s newest certified B Corporation and the first in Queensland. Certified B Corporations are a new kind of company committed to meeting rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability with the goal of redefining success in business.
A number of factors contribute to the rationale behind the establishment of Three Sista’s services and these include:
• High unemployment rates in the Cairns area
• Shortage of affordable housing options
• Highest levels of homelessness per capita in Australia
• Significant numbers of people from Cape York travelling to Cairns for medical treatment and for a variety of reasons not returning to their home communities
• Gap in linkages between holistic health management and homelessness
• Cyclical nature of many people within the homeless stream
• An existing homelessness system which is based in welfare dependency
Three Sista’s has been able to bring the worlds of private investment, government priorities and a commitment to collaborative efforts together to achieve real social change that impacts well beyond an accommodation perspective into longer term outcomes for individuals and families.
Working with our partners, Three Sista’s is developing innovative tenancy agreements that allow for the inclusion of special conditions that engage families in social reforms and assisting in the reestablishment of a strong family unit.
Our Company philosophies are based on the principles of community development not commercial redevelopment!
"With little fanfare and steely determination, the team at Three Sistas are achieving incredible results with Indigenous families in crisis and homeless situations." Gavin King - Member for Cairns
"I would like to thank Three Sista's, for the recognition of our hard work and for the wonderful support that they provide for our people. Would like to take the time to say a special Thanks to a place that only have a small amount of staff, it's a credit to you all. Janet and Stuart you have provided safe and friendly environment for all. You surely are a great team and your hard work is so appreciated. Thanks once again. " Sherisse Williams - Queensland Health Parks and Displaced Program
"You guys are fantastic. You take what could possibly be a huge negative and turn it into a positive that benefits so many. You do this with everything and it is no wonder you are making such a huge difference in people's lives. " Darlene Rose - Department of Housing
You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obeslete...Buckminster Fuller
Three Sista’s took over management of the Plaza Palms facility
Official launch of the Three Sista’s Redevelopment Project – Minister Kate Ellis
Three months in and already a massive change and transformation is being noticed
Local owners group established
Social enterprise expansion on site with the refurbishment of the commercial kitchen and café
Plaza Palms AGM – appointment of new Executive Committee
University of Sydney – Strategic Business Planning
16 months into the Three Sista’s story and the property is starting to come alive
Restaurant and former bar area conversion to multipurpose facility
Three Sista's / Working for Change
7 - 27 McLachlan St
Manunda Qld 4870
07 4032 1520
07 4032 4062