'Our Town, Our Future' uniting Burdekin communities
An innovative new community wellbeing program which will empower local communities and build capacity and social cohesion was endorsed by Burdekin Shire Council today.
An innovative new community wellbeing program which will empower local communities and build capacity and social cohesion was endorsed by Burdekin Shire Council at their ordinary Council meeting today (Tuesday 28 July 2020).
The Our Town, Our Future community wellbeing program is a large-scale project that will recognise the geographically diverse range of communities in the Burdekin Shire and identify ways of undertaking meaningful engagement within them.
Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said the attributes of connectedness, liveability and equity played a large role in positive community wellbeing.
“While the Burdekin is comprised of two principal townships which act as its administrative and commercial hubs, our Shire is home to a range of other communities which vary in size and values. It is vital to facilitate engagement activities in each of these communities to better build community capacity,” Cr McLaughlin said.
“Council is extremely lucky to be able to harness the expertise of Director Corporate and Community Services Nick O’Connor, who has implemented similar strategies in previous roles with great success.
“Mr O’Connor will work closely with Councillors, Council’s Community Development team and community members in each area of the Burdekin to identify steps that can be taken to improve community wellbeing.”
Burdekin Shire Council Director Corporate and Community Services Nick O’Connor said the program empowered residents to have a say, promoting community-led initiatives.
“The Our Town, Our Future community wellbeing program is substantial for the Burdekin’s community development by connecting with communities across the Shire and exploring the attributes of connectedness, liveability and equity to identify and enhance the factors that contribute to wellbeing,” Mr O’Connor said.
“The first community workshops will be held in Giru, where we will discuss the aspects of wellbeing that are working in their community and generate small-scale community-led projects and initiatives that will enhance these.”
The Our Town, Our Future community wellbeing program was endorsed by Burdekin Shire Council and will begin community engagement workshops in Giru soon. For updates on workshop dates and locations, visit burdekin.qld.gov.au and follow Burdekin Shire Council on Facebook.