Damien Tracey - Round 1, 2019 Champion

Delivering assistive technology solutions

Located in Bundaberg

Damien Tracey is passionate about advocating for people with assistive technology needs and has spent the last few years exploring the nexus between health and technology. As CEO of Bundaberg not-for-profit charity Community Lifestyle Support (CLS), he and his team provide a wide range of NDIS and allied health services to people living with a disability. Their objective is simple - to make life a little easier and loads more fun.

As part of this charitable enterprise, Damien has worked with countless like-minded partners to create the CLS Innovation Hub, a place that promotes wellness, skills enhancement and the sharing of ideas. Whilst it may be a commercial hive of activity during the day, after hours Damien and his collaborators run free workshops and programs designed to build the technological capability of the Bundaberg community.

A critical part of the hub is the AT_Makerspace, a rapid hardware prototyping facility where people with shared interests in electronics and advanced manufacturing can gather to collaborate on innovative projects. The AT_Makerspace is part of a global network of Makerspaces across the globe, each one tailored to a specific topic, cause, or community need.

For Damien and his like-minded community collaborators, the AT_Makerspace embraces volunteerism and is focused on the research and development of assistive technology. This umbrella term includes assistive, adaptive and rehabilitative devices for people with disabilities or the elderly. The group’s aim is to improve an individual’s functioning and independence. Damien actively volunteers his time and knowledge to organise, support and train at events.

Damien was instrumental in bringing the Tikkun Olam Makers (TOM) assistive technology Makeathon to Queensland. Starting life in Israel, these three-day events are part of a global movement aimed at developing innovative technology solutions for people with disabilities. These events leverage the collective skills and knowledge of people living with a disability, makers, technology specialists, schools, universities and the general public to affect positive change through technology. Other uses for the AT_Makerspace include training workshops on 3D printing and digital literacy.

Damien’s activities:

Crush Pop-Up Makerspace, held annually, giving people a chance to participate in a wide range of creative experiences and hands-on activities that combine the power of new technology with the wisdom of traditional methods.

TOM Queensland Makeathon and TOM Maker Long Weekend, both events are part of the TOM (Tikkun Olam Makers) global movement that is bringing together people with disabilities and makers to develop open source assistive technology to address everyday challenges.

A wide range of evening and weekend technology focused workshops designed to enhance the Bundaberg regions technological capability.


Damien is nominated by Bundaberg Regional Council


Delivering assistive technology solutions

Located in Bundaberg

Damien Tracey is passionate about advocating for people with assistive technology needs and has spent the last few years exploring the nexus between health and technology. As CEO of Bundaberg not-for-profit charity Community Lifestyle Support (CLS), he and his team provide a wide range of NDIS and allied health services to people living with a disability. Their objective is simple - to make life a little easier and loads more fun.

As part of this charitable enterprise, Damien has worked with countless like-minded partners to create the CLS Innovation Hub, a place that promotes wellness, skills enhancement and the sharing of ideas. Whilst it may be a commercial hive of activity during the day, after hours Damien and his collaborators run free workshops and programs designed to build the technological capability of the Bundaberg community.

A critical part of the hub is the AT_Makerspace, a rapid hardware prototyping facility where people with shared interests in electronics and advanced manufacturing can gather to collaborate on innovative projects. The AT_Makerspace is part of a global network of Makerspaces across the globe, each one tailored to a specific topic, cause, or community need.

For Damien and his like-minded community collaborators, the AT_Makerspace embraces volunteerism and is focused on the research and development of assistive technology. This umbrella term includes assistive, adaptive and rehabilitative devices for people with disabilities or the elderly. The group’s aim is to improve an individual’s functioning and independence. Damien actively volunteers his time and knowledge to organise, support and train at events.

Damien was instrumental in bringing the Tikkun Olam Makers (TOM) assistive technology Makeathon to Queensland. Starting life in Israel, these three-day events are part of a global movement aimed at developing innovative technology solutions for people with disabilities. These events leverage the collective skills and knowledge of people living with a disability, makers, technology specialists, schools, universities and the general public to affect positive change through technology. Other uses for the AT_Makerspace include training workshops on 3D printing and digital literacy.

Damien’s activities:

Crush Pop-Up Makerspace, held annually, giving people a chance to participate in a wide range of creative experiences and hands-on activities that combine the power of new technology with the wisdom of traditional methods.

TOM Queensland Makeathon and TOM Maker Long Weekend, both events are part of the TOM (Tikkun Olam Makers) global movement that is bringing together people with disabilities and makers to develop open source assistive technology to address everyday challenges.

A wide range of evening and weekend technology focused workshops designed to enhance the Bundaberg regions technological capability.


Damien is nominated by Bundaberg Regional Council