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Community Inclusion

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As human beings, we all have the need to be connected to other people, our wellbeing depends on the relationships we develop with others in our community. For some people, feeling connected to, and part of, their community can be a challenge, especially when they have experienced discrimination or become socially isolated.

Community Inclusion is the opportunity for everyone to live and exist as a contributing member of the community while being valued and respected for their abilities and uniqueness — regardless of diversity (e.g. of different ages, cultural backgrounds, genders, abilities). The ultimate goal of Community Inclusion is to give members of the community in diversity groups access to opportunities and resources, and allow them to contribute their perspectives and talents to improve our community.

Key diversity groups include -

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islands
  • Culturally Diverse (multicultural)
  • Seniors
  • Youth
  • Disabilities
  • LGBQTI

Council recognises that we have a role in promoting and facilitating active community participation and working with other levels of government and community organisations to help reduce disadvantage, strengthen community well-being and celebrate diversity in our community. 

To help do this, Council has created a  Community Inclusion Plan4MB pdf(PDF, 4MB) CIP), which sets out Council’s objectives, and proposed plan of action to help develop a socially just, resilient, connected, inclusive, livable and engaged community - a community that respects the rights of all people and encourages self-determination and equity. The CIP is a document that aims to guide a sustainable future from the grass roots, taking on a balanced approach to the region’s environmental, social, cultural and economic factors, ensuring better outcomes for a cohesive and adaptable community.

This page was last updated on: 07 July 2020