Port Stephens Council, NSW
The declaration and celebration of Soldiers Point Aboriginal Place was the culmination of five years of collaboration and partnership between Port Stephens Council, Worimi Local Aboriginal Land Council, Worimi Elders and NSW Office of Environment and Heritage.
Soldiers Point Aboriginal Place is unique because of the developed land over which the Aboriginal Place was declared and in the way the partners changed the process to enable its creation. Its declaration ended 35 years of estrangement and showed, when it comes to protecting Aboriginal cultural values in a contemporary landscape, “what unites us is far greater than what divides us”.
Warrumbungle Shire Council, NSW
The Warrumbungle Shire Council Community Development Coordinator Program is a highly successful program which promotes and supports community partnerships and collaboration throughout Warrumbungle Shire. The program provides support to the six (6) communities in the shire, to attract funding for community development activities including local infrastructure, programs and projects which relate specifically to the needs of each community. The program is an example of genuine and effective partnerships that have resulted in better outcomes for Council, as well as each of the communities. The program demonstrates Council’s commitment to working with their local communities to achieve positive outcomes.
Western Downs Regional Council, QLD
With a collaborative, innovative approach to new partnerships, Western Downs Regional Council, the Queensland Murray Darling Committee and landholders have achieved an 86% reduction in the Feral Pig population. Over 11,000 pigs were destroyed through 2 coordinated aerial shoot programs across four targeted regions. Landholder participation was paramount with over 130 landholders involved across an area greater than 350,000 hectares. This project has shaped the future direction of Pest Management for Council and the community, and has contributed to the protection of natural habitats and to long-term sustainability of the environment and agricultural production within the region.
Victor Habour, SA
The Encounter Youth Schoolies Festival Victor Harbor supports school leavers to celebrate their achievement in a safe and supported environment which is provided in partnership with the City of Victor Harbor, SA Police, other agencies and the community. It delivers a well managed, structured and safe school leaver celebration where young people can have an enjoyable and positive experience, leaving them with life long memories of their time in Victor Harbor. Encounter Youth has provided leadership and direction to the community for the past 18 years and the Schoolies Festival Victor Harbor is known as Australia’s safest and shortest school leavers’ celebration.
Late in 2015 Deb commenced a shared management role between Circular Head and Waratah-Wynyard leading the Community Activation Team. Across two communities, two municipality’s she is building a collaborative, inclusive team.
This year work is commencing on 2 major strategic plans Youth and Age Friendly Community (Inclusive ageing) jointly developed for both municipalities with shared strategic focus but targeted implementation tailored to specific locations. This is the new way community development will develop –shared vision but place based actions. Deb recognizes that what she has built is one community development team that delivers outcomes to not just two municipalities but rather is developing overarching plans and strategies with local action outcomes
Knox City Council, Vic
‘Gardens for Wildlife’ is a unique partnership program between Knox City Council and the Knox Environment Society. It was co-designed to encourage the resident or business to set aside an area of their garden to provide habitat for local wildlife. The participation rate has been overwhelmingly positive with the number of households currently over 700, and growing! The Program provides a forum to engage with the community on conservation and environmental issues and empowers individuals to make a difference locally. Through community connecting to nature and biodiversity values - increasingly there is a connection to place.