Residents are being invited to their say on how to address housing affordability, social isolation and access to public spaces.
The draft Local Social Strategy 2030, which has been placed on public exhibition, sets out a framework for City of Newcastle, as well as the community, to remove barriers to inclusion and equal opportunity, encourage connection and participation, and strengthen health and wellbeing.
Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes admitted council had a major leadership role to play.
“We’ve heard from the community about their ideas and opinions on social justice and inclusion issues such as community participation, satisfaction with wellbeing, and access to services, safety and inclusion in the Newcastle area,” she said.
“So, the draft Local Social Strategy is based on one of the most heavily participated engagement programs in City of Newcastle’s history, with underrepresented groups such as people with a disability or from diverse cultural backgrounds providing key feedback.
“We’re now eager to hear what the wider community thinks about the draft strategy to help us further shape this important plan.”
In addition to the draft Local Social Strategy, council is also seeking feedback on the draft Social Infrastructure Strategy, which aims to ensure Novocastrians have better access to community assets in their neighbourhoods.
The proposed policy will plan for, and support, an equitably distributed network of community hubs, improve the amenity and activation of existing public facilities, parks and open spaces, and facilitate increased opportunities for valuable community inclusion and connection opportunities.
City of Newcastle launched the exhibition period for both draft strategies amid the recent celebrations of Hamilton South Community Centre’s 42nd anniversary.
Newcastle councillor Carol Duncan said it was a fitting way to start the consultation process.
“Hearing from a diverse cross-section of our community is critical to ensuring these strategies reflect everyone, so the planning decisions we make support all Novocastrians,” she explained.
“Individually, we may be very different but, together, we can all call Newcastle home.”
Both strategies are available on City of Newcastle’s website for the community to provide feedback on through to 26 October.