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Welcome to

futures roundtable 2006


Investing in our Social Capital – making it all worthwhile


70% 60% 50% 40%

Community

V impt. Impt.

30%

Neutral

20% 10% 0% Ensuring Safety

Improving cultural harmony

Improving recreational opportunities

Improving educational opportunties

70% 60% 50%

Invitees

40%

V impt. Impt. Neutral

30% 20% 10% 0% Ensuring Safety

Improving cultural harmony

Improving recreational opportunities

Improving educational opportunties


What does Social Capital mean in Townsville

• “Parks, free activities for families, safety, infrastructure, Poll: friendliness, weather” all Like: Good parks, arts, recreational, family/seniors opportunities. Safe spaces, public/private partnerships, public safety, benign climate, friendly community, Healthy Cities Don’t Like: Cultural divisions (two communities, indigenous/nonindigenous), intolerance, lack of affordable housing and transport, emphasis on consumerism over community, pressures on families, social isolation, poverty, Change: Shade in public spaces, upgrade facilities, more safety awareness/training, disability access, public info on recreation, relationships with Palm Island, env/community friendly urban development, climate responsive design, universal housing designs


Majority social and demographic Poll: groups in Townsville • “Townsville has retained the old traditional Aussie culture better than other cities” Values within Townsville’s culture: Retained: drinking culture, sporting culture, laidback, relaxed, friendly, fair go attitude Lost: Sense of responsibility for neighbours, sense of safety, geographical isolation, cultural cringe vs. south, distinctive architecture, language, mannerisms, physical activity, drive more, children less active, respect Recapture: 13 cent pies, fuel at 15 cents a litre. Pride in Australian culture – not taught at home, respect, recapturing culture through education, Townsville’s cultural heritage, intergenerational sharing/connection, respect for leadership, family friendly working hours.

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Minority social and demographic groups in Townsville Poll: • “Cultural harmony and integration of indigenous All people is essential - this problem cannot be ignored it is not going to go away, it needs to be embracedâ€? Approx 26 ethnicities, incr. numbers of groups. Include: aged, people with a disability, young people, Need to include needs of military personnel and their families, university community


Forces impacting social capital Drivers: impact of 24/7 lifestyle, incr. military presence, in migration (costs up), rapid population growth, incr. industrial activity, fly in/fly out, Council’s proactive stance re: festivals, activities etc., climate change, peak oil Motivators: Hope – gives purpose and self worth, enables vision. Community vision. Strong, receptive, visionary leadership. Social justice and equity, a better place for future generations, children want to stay, Townsville has become a place that people want to come back to. Opportunities from development on Magnetic Island. General liveability. Ecotourism. Conserving cultural heritage, sense of belonging. Obstacles: Lack of inclusion of young people in decision making, state of CBD, skill shortage, not enough planning for future, lack of affordable housing, suburban sprawl – transport issues, lack of money management skills, funding gaps – narrow focus Fed/State funding, lack of congruent culture to welcome people, fixed mindsets in local gov – defensive, lack of receptiveness to new ideas.


Threats to social capital • • • • • •

Inequality, intolerance, lack of respect Loss of identity Climate change External forces (peak oil) War Lack of caring


Is Townsville ready for a population boom

Poll: Y/N

• “Townsville is expanding and the size brings with it problems eg high density living, dense traffic, more traffic violators, youth crime. places where young men and women can be entertained or entertain themselves constructively are sorely needed”


Where to from here • “Generally Townsville is a better place to live now, than 5-10 yrs ago but we must be careful that this is still the case in another 10 yrsâ€?

Strategy Areas to navigate social change:


How can local Government invest in social outcomes • “Many musical events, social clubs, community eventsâ€?

Local foodbank Mixed housing developments Educating people about money Ecotourism development Supporting parents/carers with transferring life skills, values, local heritage/knowledge Shopping centres to include social facilities/assets Continue and build on cultural festivals Subsidise community use of Council assets Further develop neighbourhood communities Council to explore strengthening relationship between indigenous/non-indigenous communities ie support nurturing of indig. Leaders, support indig. Leader visitors, mentoring


How can State and Federal Government invest in social outcomes •

“Economy is good, which leads to more spending on 'lifestyle' activities ie the Strand, Palmer street etc”

Incentive programs for regional/local focus ie sports, culture, clubs Alternative fuel funding – solar cities Specific programs addressing inequality, cradle to old age Climate change adaptation Increases subsidies to public transport Partnerships between local, state, federal levels of gov Funding for Sustainable Cities programs Develop community Wellness programs

Social Capital - Townsville Futures Roundtable  

Presentation of some key findings of the social capital focus group at the Townsville futures roundtable

Social Capital - Townsville Futures Roundtable  

Presentation of some key findings of the social capital focus group at the Townsville futures roundtable

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