Building strong and resilient communities
  • Tuesday 30 June 2009

Sunshine Coast Council demonstrated its ongoing support for community programs in the $750 million budget handed down today.

Community Policy and Programs portfolio councillor, Cr Jenny McKay said our community is the heart of council’s focus, with all eight themes of its 2009-2014 Corporate Plan aimed at supporting and enriching the life and lifestyle of the Coast’s regional communities.

“With this budget, council has demonstrated its strong ongoing commitment to the community by supporting facilities, activities and projects that aid health and wellbeing, social cohesion, innovation and creativity, as well as accessibility and connectedness, across the region,” Cr McKay said.

Council is investing $17.5 million in community buildings and facilities in 2009/10.

“This major program will create new, as well as maintain the many existing, community buildings and facilities that are enjoyed by our residents everyday.

“In consultation with our residents, council has identified priority projects to be implemented in the coming year that will help create stronger and more resilient communities.”

New community projects include development of a social plan that will provide council with a better understanding of the changing needs of the Coast’s communities and guide future planning.

“The social plan will provide a blueprint for recognising the needs of the region and the individual communities across the coast,” Cr Mckay said.

The social plan will document a review of contemporary and emerging social issues and trends and the information will be widely available to the community, enabling council’s stakeholders and partners to help deliver relevant and timely services to the community.

“Development of a region wide Health and Wellbeing Strategy is another key project for 2009/10,” Cr McKay said.

“It’s a strategy aimed at increasing the participation of our residents in healthy and active pursuits, especially when we are blessed with such a wonderful climate and have so many great facilities at our fingertips.”

PRIORITY PROJECTS

Creative/Cultural Plan
$80,000 has been allocated towards the development of a Creative/Cultural Plan, encompassing a suite of documents that will identify and provide the direction for council in areas such as music, dance, performing arts, film, public art, museums and cultural heritage, writing, collections, through to how the region responds to the festive season.

Community events
This year we want to maximise our resources in delivering community events, and focus on where build the skills and capacity of the community to facilitate their own events. Council will host over 12 citizenship ceremonies throughout the year to welcome a range of culturally diverse people to our region.

Youth programs
Council will further develop some of the Coast’s great talent through a range of programs such as Youthlinx (SCRUFFFY), Floating Lands and Treeline.

Art development
Council’s art galleries in Noosa and Caloundra will feature a range of exhibitions and council will either facilitate or partner with others to deliver a series of arts awards/scholarships, such as the Sunshine Coast Arts Prize, Travelling Scholarship and Kenilworth Art Prize.

Entertainment venues
Council operated venues continue to engage and attract audiences to a wide range of cultural opportunities in the 2009-10 programming.