Access and Equity Activity Statement 2010
In accordance with the Local Government Regulation, a statement is required setting forth council’s access and equity activities to be undertaken to meet the needs of our residents as identified by our Social Plan 2007 to 2011.
All organisations and businesses, including local Governments are obliged to develop strategies which enable them to comply with a number of laws, and policies while addressing four main areas, which are:
- responsiveness – government programs and services should be accessible, fair and responsive to the needs of their clients
- communication – communication with clients should be open, effective and use appropriate channels
- accountability – reporting and review mechanisms should be accessible, transparent and effective
- leadership – government agencies should work together, emphasise responsibilities to partners, and encourage participation in our society by all.
Access and Equity activities are those activities that benefit the broad community, as well as specific groups within the community, and help us to promote fairness in the distribution of resources, recognise other people’s rights, give people opportunities to participate in consultations and ensure community members have fair access to services and resources essential to meet their basic needs.
Social Planning is the process of investigating and responding to the needs and aspirations of the people who live and work in our community. Social planning is underpinned by the principles of Social Justice:
- Equity – farness in resource distribution
- Access – fairer access for everyone to the resources and services essential to meet basic needs and improve their quality of life.
- Rights – recognition and promotion of civil rights
- Participation – better opportunities for everyone to participate in decisions.
The 2007 – 2011 Social Plan considers and plans how to improve the need and demand for community facilities and human services, community interactions and identity and inspire a sense of community.
Through community consultation, the Social Plan provides:
- A profile of the local community
- Identification of needs and service gaps
- Social Planning initiatives
Council provides funding in conjunction with other Government agencies to community groups to fund cultural and community development projects that meet identified community needs, and provide a cultural experience that may not ordinarily be delivered to the community without the provision of a grant.
Council also facilitates interaction and sharing of resources between agencies and frequently works with agencies to research community issues and statistics for the purposes of preparing grant submissions and promoting community services within the commnity
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