Plan in place
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.