The idea of a ‘fair go’ for everyone has long been cherished as a cornerstone of what it means to be Australian.
Well, City of Newcastle is living up to that credo, developing a new Social Strategy and they need your help.
The new strategy aims to outline a vision and guiding principles for a more inclusive city and the role CoN can play in empowering connected and liveable communities, with an emphasis on the most vulnerable community members.
Over the next three months, the City will host community engagement activities such as workshops, community events, festivals, and forums to give Novocastrians opportunities to share their voices.
Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said increasing social inclusion and community connection was integral in a making Newcastle a more liveable and inclusive community.
“As the region grows, challenges such as affordable housing, youth unemployment, and an ageing population emerging, we want to make sure that everyone feels able to grow with it and are acknowledged as integral members of our vibrant community,” Cr. Nelmes said.
“An inclusive community reduces the social and economic cost of mental health and wellbeing as well as being an important determinant of better educational outcomes for our children.”
Councillor Carol Duncan added that, at its heart the new Social Strategy is about treating others with respect.
“Newcastle has changed a lot over the years and continues to undergo significant change and growth. Today, our city is more diverse than ever, with people of all ages, cultural backgrounds, beliefs, socio-economic status, gender and sexual orientation, and disabilities,” Cr Duncan said.
“The City recognises the dignity and worth of all people by treating communities fairly and equitably. The new Social Strategy will outline a framework for treating all Novocastrians with respect, to eliminate discrimination and disadvantage amongst our community.
“Individually, we may be very different but, together, we can all call Newcastle home.”
For more information and to have your say, head here. Submissions close on Monday 19 July.