Social Justice and Crime Prevention Committee gets serious

Council’s Social Justice and Crime Prevention Committee held its inaugural meeting on Wednesday 31st January where Mayor of Dubbo Region Councillor Ben Shields was elected as Chair.

“This committee was established by Council in October to formulate a draft policy document detailing how Council can lead in addressing entrenched social problems in our community,” Clr Shields said.

“Prior to this meeting, Councillors and Council staff have been meeting with non-government stakeholders as well as reviewing successful community impact programs such as Burnie Works in Tasmania, Justice Reinvestment and the Family Investment model,”

“This Committee is charged with preparing a draft policy to be considered at Council’s February 2018 Ordinary Meeting. The draft policy will consider endorsement of the collective impact model as the means to empower the community to determine its own priorities and objectives,”

“During this process we will continue to listen and learn from industry experts, practitioners and government agencies about social change,

“For example at Wednesday’s meeting we watched a presentation from two representatives from Lives Lived Well about drug and alcohol issues and programs offered in NSW and QLD,” he said.

“As a collective, we understand that creating sustainable inter-generational change is a long term process and can take upwards of 10-15 years, however I would like to acknowledge Councillor Stephen Lawrence for bringing the issue of social change to Council and we will continue to support him in championing this cause,” he said.

Media Contact:
Mayor of Dubbo Region Councillor Ben Shields 0418 639 053

Last Edited: 07 Feb 2018

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