Community Development Strategy 2019

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The community recently provided input into Council’s Community Development Strategy which saw over 400 people get involved across four focus groups, interviews, a Community Forum and 332 survey responses.

The top five responses to the question, “what is important in the community?” were: safe communities, health and wellbeing, education, employment and youth support.

The top responses for a question around what makes a strong and vibrant community included being ‘connected’ with opportunities for interactions, supportive and caring, inclusive, events and programs to bring people together and safe.

This collaboration with the community will contribute to a Community Development Strategy that will guide Council’s approach to social priorities, community programs, facilities, networks and partnerships over the next four years.

The Community Development Strategy is informed by consultation with the community and key stakeholders, and social research. It has considered community strengths, needs and the region’s social and geographic profile to help us to build safe, healthy and more inclusive communities in the Tweed.

An internal Council workshop will be held in the near future to present key findings, discuss how Community Development impacts and aligns with the rest of Council and to identify opportunities and new initiatives for the future.

The Community Development Strategy is being drafted to present at a future Council meeting. It will then go on public exhibition where the community is encouraged to provide further feedback with additional comments to be incorporated into a final strategy for Council consideration and adoption.

This project has been an important collaboration between Council and the community that will provide direction for how we can work together into the future. Further updates will be provided over the coming months.

The community recently provided input into Council’s Community Development Strategy which saw over 400 people get involved across four focus groups, interviews, a Community Forum and 332 survey responses.

The top five responses to the question, “what is important in the community?” were: safe communities, health and wellbeing, education, employment and youth support.

The top responses for a question around what makes a strong and vibrant community included being ‘connected’ with opportunities for interactions, supportive and caring, inclusive, events and programs to bring people together and safe.

This collaboration with the community will contribute to a Community Development Strategy that will guide Council’s approach to social priorities, community programs, facilities, networks and partnerships over the next four years.

The Community Development Strategy is informed by consultation with the community and key stakeholders, and social research. It has considered community strengths, needs and the region’s social and geographic profile to help us to build safe, healthy and more inclusive communities in the Tweed.

An internal Council workshop will be held in the near future to present key findings, discuss how Community Development impacts and aligns with the rest of Council and to identify opportunities and new initiatives for the future.

The Community Development Strategy is being drafted to present at a future Council meeting. It will then go on public exhibition where the community is encouraged to provide further feedback with additional comments to be incorporated into a final strategy for Council consideration and adoption.

This project has been an important collaboration between Council and the community that will provide direction for how we can work together into the future. Further updates will be provided over the coming months.