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Supporting Young People Council’s Youth Services team has enjoyed another fantastic year of growth and youth engagement. Through continual development and refinement, Youth Services are attracting a growing number of young people to its programs, greater numbers of partnership programs, hire groups and awareness in the general community. Each of Council’s direct service youth centres at Erina, Kariong and Kincumber are establishing a sense of pride in the young people of their respective communities. Efforts continue to be made to ensure that all of Council’s Youth Service programs are equitable and inclusive for as many community members as possible—each youth centre is designed to be wheelchair friendly, with their staff involving young people in each step of the consultation process.

Over 3000 community members took part in the diverse events held across the Gosford LGA during Youth Week in April... The past year has seen further development of the Youth Engagement Strategy (YES) project. The project has had success in areas of high antisocial behaviour, as well as working behind the scenes with many events and festivals across the Central Coast. The YES team enjoys partnerships with NSW Police, liquor accords and various community groups to provide a holistic approach to addressing several community concerns. By working on strategies that complement the Quality of Life Strategic Plan, Council’s Youth Services team are helping to build a stronger community. Over 3000 community members took part in the diverse events held across the Gosford LGA during Youth Week in April, including: the launch of Kincumber Recording Studio, UMINAFIED, and the Kariong Festival. Council’s YES team was also involved with events such as the Summer in the City festival and the annual schoolies event at Terrigal.

Supporting the Indigenous and Multicultural Communities In the Gosford LGA approximately 14.6 per cent of residents are from overseas with 5.1 per cent of these residents being from non-English speaking backgrounds (2006 Census information). Council represents part of the Regional Multicultural Interagency and participates in providing resources and programs to support the culturally and linguistically diverse community. In early 2009 Council introduced the pilot Communities Catching Waves Program. This program provides an opportunity for people from non-English speaking backgrounds to learn about general beach safety in a fun and safe environment. Participants originated from Brazil, Japan, Chile, Germany, Argentina and Poland. During Refugee Week in June many people celebrated when Council, on behalf of the community, announced that it had signed on for Gosford City to become a Refugee Welcome Zone officially recognised by the Refugee Council of Australia. The culmination of the 2008/2009 Aboriginal Surf Program was held on 28 March 2009 with over thirty-five participants competing in the under 14’s, under 17’s and open categories. Participants enjoyed a free BBQ, drinks and showbags, with prizes awarded to the division winners.

One of the major outcomes was an agreement to develop a Memorandum of Understanding between Gosford City Council and the Darkinjung Land Council... In July, Council celebrated National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (NAIDOC) Week with a community event at its main administration building in Gosford. The celebrations included a flag-raising and local Aboriginal cultural performance. A mayoral reception for the new board of the Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council was held on 25 March 2009. One of the major outcomes was an agreement to develop a Memorandum of Understanding between Gosford City Council and the Darkinjung Land Council on issues relevant to both parties.

This state wide conference will see a number of delegates arrive on the peninsula for a series of seminars and workshops... Plans are well underway for Mingaletta Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation to move into the renovated Umina Community Hall under a lease arrangement with Council. This will provide Mingaletta with much needed space and the ability to further interact with the local Aboriginal community and the wider community as a whole. The 2009 Local Government Aboriginal Network Conference will be hosted by Gosford City Council from the 7-9 October 2009 in Ettalong. This state wide conference will see a number of delegates arrive on the peninsula for a series of seminars and workshops that highlight what is happening at councils throughout the state, as well as providing new directions and best practise models for the future.

Affordable Housing In July 2008 Council hosted a Housing Forum with over sixty people in attendance representing a range of stakeholders including the Federal and State Governments, local community housing associations, service providers to local homeless persons, the Aboriginal Housing Association and other relevant community groups and representatives of the private sector. The forum provided an opportunity for the sharing of local information and data, and for each stakeholder to identify emerging local issues and their role in responding. To further develop work in this area, attendees at the housing forum were asked to nominate their interest in participating in a Housing Sunset Committee. Following an expressions of interest process, the Housing Sunset Committee was established to inform Council of practical strategies to address Gosford City’s affordable housing needs. The Housing Sunset Committee met from November 2008 through to April 2009 and developed an Implementation Plan for consideration by Council. The committee also developed a number of other research and discussion documents including: an issues paper regarding residential parks; a housing continuum model; housing trust research paper and draft housing trust business plan.

Gosford City Council 08/09 Community Annual Report  

Gosford City Council 08/09 Community Annual Report