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Draft Community Development Strategy 2020–2024

You are invited to have your say on the draft Community Development Strategy 2020 – 2024 which will help guide future service for the diverse communities in the Tweed. The Strategy is part of Tweed Shire Council’s commitment to working toward safe, healthy and more inclusive communities. Read the draft Community Development Strategy 2020 – 2024 (external link).

How the Strategy was developed

Council completed extensive research and community engagement to develop the draft Community Development Strategy 2020 – 2024. From the feedback received, a number of key factors affecting the Tweed were identified, including the importance of access and inclusion, the need to address growing homelessness, maintaining community safety and resilience to climate change, and the health and well-being of all residents.

It also outlined the need to ensure additional support is available for more vulnerable residents and that there are adequate opportunities for everyone in the Tweed.

The strategy will be delivered through the following four focus areas:
  • The Tweed has vibrant places and spaces
  • The Tweed has opportunities
  • The Tweed is healthy and safe
  • The Tweed is inclusive and supportive

Public Exhibition

The draft Community Development Strategy 2020–2024 is on public exhibition from 12 December 2019 to 30 January 2020 and Council welcomes community feedback.

If adopted by Council, this strategy will guide Council’s future service for the diverse communities in the Tweed for the next four years.

Have your Say

You are invited to make a submission from Thursday 12 December 2019 until Thursday 30 January 2020 to formally provide your feedback on the draft plan. Make a submission using the below methods.

Online: www.yoursaytweed.com.au/communitydevelopment (external link)

Email: tsc@tweed.nsw.gov.au Subject: Community Development Strategy

By mail:
The General Manager, Tweed Shire Council, PO Box 816 Murwillumbah NSW 2484

Submissions will be received by Council no later than 4pm on Thursday 30 January 2020.

Community Development Team

The focus of the Community Development Team is underpinned by social justice principles to support individuals and groups of people to effect change and participate more fully in community life. Since 1999, the NSW Division of Local Government has focused on Community Development and all NSW councils are required to develop social/community plans. Then, in February 2000, the NSW Government's Social Justice Directions statement was released which embodies the following key principles to be included in all social/community plans:

  • Equity - there should be fairness in the distribution of resources with particular care taken to protect the interests of marginalised groups
  • Access - all people should be able to get to and use public facilities, regardless of their social or economic circumstances
  • Participation - all people should have the maximum opportunity to participate in decisions that affect their lives
  • Rights - equality of rights should be established and promoted regardless of linguistic, racial or religious diversity
Social justice is one of the guiding principles on which Tweed Shire Council's ten year Community Strategic Plan is based. A Social Justice Charter is scheduled for development.

The Community Development Team is part of the Community and Cultural Services Unit and includes the following positions:
  • Coordinator - Community Development
  • Community Development Officer - Aboriginal
  • Community Development Officer - Ageing and Disability
  • Community Development Officer - Cultural Planner
  • Community Development Officer - Social Planner
  • Community Development Officer - Youth
  • Project Officer - Capacity Building
Through regular engagement within the community, each officer works with particular groups to understand their needs, recognise possible gaps in service delivery and identify any barriers to full enjoyment of community life. Policies and strategies are then developed and implemented to address issues that have been identified. Each team member has a comprehensive work plan in place detailed in the four year Delivery Program and annual Operational Plan that reflects objectives of the ten year Community Strategic Plan.

To contact a member of the Community Development Team please call (02) 6670 2400 or 1300 292 872 or email tsc@tweed.nsw.gov.au.
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