Plan in place

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS -

Mitchell Shire Coun­cil has de­vel­oped its first so­cial jus­tice frame­work, which aims to pro­mote equal rights and op­por­tu­ni­ties for peo­ple in the Mitchell com­mu­nity.

The draft four-year plan is based on in­put from the com­mu­nity and is now ready to view and open for feed­back.

The frame­work con­sol­i­dates and pro­gresses two pre­vi­ous plans — the Mitchell Shire Cul­tural Di­ver­sity Plan 2014-2017 and the Mitchell Shire Ac­cess and In­clu­sion Dis­abil­ity Plan 2013-2017 — and was formed after ex­ten­sive con­sul­ta­tion with var­i­ous stake­hold­ers.

Coun­cil’s com­mu­nity well­be­ing sur­vey, which had more than 1000 re­spon­dents, and youth sur­vey, which had al­most 500 re­sponses, also helped form the key pri­or­ity ar­eas of the plan.

It out­lines seven pri­or­ity ar­eas which coun­cil will com­mit to ad­dress:

Abo­rig­i­nal and Torres Strait Is­landers; cul­tural di­ver­sity; LGBTI; gen­der eq­uity; eq­ui­table ac­cess to ser­vices — sup­port­ing vul­ner­a­bil­ity; dis­abil­ity; and com­mu­nity con­nec­tion. Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson said the frame­work was about cre­at­ing a bet­ter com­mu­nity for every­one.

‘‘This frame­work will help coun­cil recog­nise and ac­tively sup­port equal ac­cess to re­sources and op­por­tu­ni­ties for every­one,’’ Cr Sanderson said.

‘‘As our shire grows, our com­mu­nity will con­tinue to wel­come peo­ple from all walks of life, dif­fer­ent cul­tural and lin­guis­tic back­grounds, and peo­ple of dif­fer­ent gen­ders and sex­ual iden­ti­ties.

‘‘By work­ing to­gether, we can em­power dis­ad­van­taged in­di­vid­u­als and groups who face dis­crim­i­na­tion, marginal­i­sa­tion and bar­ri­ers when ac­cess­ing re­sources and op­por­tu­ni­ties within our com­mu­nity.’’

The frame­work is avail­able for in­put un­til October 19. Feed­back will then be col­lated and the plan will be con­sid­ered for adop­tion by coun­cil.

To have your say or to view the plan, visit

or pick up a hard copy from one of coun­cil’s cus­tomer and li­brary ser­vice cen­tres.

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