Brimbank,
29
June
2019
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05:25
Australia/Melbourne

Have your say on Brimbank Neighbourhood Houses and Community Centres

Summary

Brimbank City Council is calling on the community to provide feedback on the draft Neighbourhood Houses and Community Centres Strategy and Action Plan 2019-2024.

Brimbank City Council is calling on the community to provide feedback on the draft Neighbourhood Houses and Community Centres Strategy and Action Plan 2019-2024.

Brimbank Mayor Cr Lucinda Congreve said: “This will provide a roadmap for the transformation of Council’s neighbourhood houses and community centres into places of belonging and learning for people from all backgrounds and at all life stages.

“This is Council’s first Neighbourhood Houses and Community Centres Strategy and we’re very excited about it.

“We want to build on our strengths from the past and re-imagine our neighbourhood houses and community centres to adapt to the needs of our diverse and evolving community, now and into the future,” Cr Congreve said.

Last year from August to December, Council consulted the community and service providers to inform the development of the draft Neighbourhood Houses and Community Centres Strategy and Action Plan 2019-2024. The consultation included interviews, surveys and workshops.

“We had a strong response to the consultation, with more than 350 people and organisations contributing ideas.

“This shows our community is interested in shaping the strategic direction of Brimbank’s neighbourhood houses and community centres,” Cr Congreve said.

The Draft Strategy identified six strategic goals:

  • Support children and families to connect and learn
  • Support young people to connect and learn
  • Create a culture of race equity in everything we do
  • Build intergenerational connections
  • Build a skilled and proactive workforce that represents the diversity of Brimbank’s community
  • Monitor and effectively evaluate programs and participate in social research projects

“The Draft Strategy clearly has the community front and centre. The goals will support the transformation of Council-managed neighbourhood houses and community centres into inspiring and accessible spaces.

“Now we look forward to further feedback on the Draft Strategy from the wider community,” said Cr Congreve.

The Draft Strategy will strengthen the partnership and collaboration between Council-managed neighbourhood houses and community centres and the five community-managed neighbourhood houses in Brimbank. The Draft Strategy’s six strategic goals will inform the development of the Brimbank Neighbourhood House Strategic Partnership Agreement’s 2019-2020 Action Plan.

Consultation on the Draft Strategy opens on 28 June. Written submissions on the Draft Strategy must be received by 5pm on 26 July 2019. More information is available on brimbank.vic.gov.au/haveyoursay

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