Council listening and learning on social issues

Dubbo Regional Councillors have workshopped ideas such as justice reinvestment and other collaborative community programs to better understand the role Council can play in addressing complex social issues.

Mayor of Dubbo Councillor Ben Shields said at Council’s first meeting in October it was resolved that Council should be playing a greater role in helping people and families break the link between intergenerational social disadvantage, substance abuse, criminal behaviour and other social problems.

“These are complex issues in our community,” Councillor Shields said. “The Councillors and staff have been working with a range of service providers across the community to better understand the issues and to help chart a new path in addressing social issues,” he said.

Councillors and Council’s Community and Recreation staff met with Collaboration for Impact Director Kerry Graham to review successful approaches taking place in communities such as Burnie in Tasmania, Logan City in Queensland and Bourke in Western NSW.

Dubbo Regional Council Director Community and Recreation Murray Wood said one of the key messages from the meeting was that institutional change takes time.

“Collaboration for Impact is an organisation which encourages a community led, collaborative response to change,” Mr Wood said.

“Listening and learning from the experience they have had with a variety of communities reinforces the importance of working with service providers, government and non-government agencies and the collective community.”

“Council will continue its research and meet with various representatives in the social sector and community groups in order to establish a clear direction for the role Council can play in addressing complex social issues,” Mr Wood said
Media Contact:
Mayor of Dubbo Ben Shields Phone 0418 639 053
Communications and Stakeholder Engagement Phone 6801 4000

Last Edited: 01 Dec 2017

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