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Do the following objectives describe the type of community you want to live in in 2025?

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by Matt 07 Sep 2010, 02:56 PM

Society and Culture - relates to community wellbeing, social connections, sense of community, cultural vitality and heritage.


Society and Culture - relates to community wellbeing, social connections, sense of community, cultural vitality and heritage.

Objectives:

  • Our community is a safe place
  • Our local history, culture and diversity is valued and celebrated
  • Everyone has fair access and opportunity to participate in community life
  • We are adaptive and resilient to challenges that may affect us
  • Our built environment is a desirable place to be
  • Our health and wellbeing provides for a satisfying and productive life

 

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BoB 21 Sep 2010, 09:19 AM
The objectives seem comprehensive. On first reading, I thought "Feeling proud to live in the region" might be a desirable extra objective. But if we achieve all of the other objectives, then it's probably unnecessary.

[To Council: thanks for the opportunit to provide my input.]
Logue1111 21 Sep 2010, 09:39 AM
Totally lacks vision....these objectives are bland, boring and must have been put together by Executive Staff and a paid consultant over lunch. What about our sporting culture....what about the contribution our aged people made over many decades......what about our local schools and sporting teams.....our local life gaurds, police, nurses, community service people.....no mention?

Surely you can do better than that? What about the local Aboriginal people that looked after this land for thousands of years before Gosford City Council even existed.....they don't even get a mention?
Katz 21 Sep 2010, 11:19 AM
Agree with Logue. The statement "We recognise and value diversity" is particularly bland and seems to have been deliberately written this way to ensure no one will complain.
Where are the statements about the contribution and inclusion of Aboriginal people and those from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds?
I'd like to see a recognition statement similar to that recently announced by the NSW state govt.
Lynne 21 Sep 2010, 04:30 PM
I would like to see a statement that religion is acknowledged as a valuable part of our culture and should be allowed to flourish, both for the well being of the individual and the community.
wciwd? 20 Oct 2010, 05:28 PM
Keep religion out of it Lynne
camwebster 26 Sep 2010, 08:44 AM
This is all academic gobbledegook talk. Throw it all out, it's not worth one cent of Taxpayers' hard earned money. This is got all the hallmarks of delusions of grandeur. There is no need to pay some public servant to write "Objectives: We feel safe". What a worthless and self-indulgent exercise. Get back to collecting our garbage, fixing our roads, and keeping the state government honest.
wciwd? 20 Oct 2010, 05:31 PM
I can agree with you but only to a point. Much of this touchy feely stuff is great if it is followed by real and measurable results, both short and long term. Being consulted ticks the box but action is what people want to see. Indulgent yes, but worthless no.
wciwd? 20 Oct 2010, 05:40 PM
The documented objectives are fine but I will reserve any judgement until i see how they are to be achieved. I cant for the life of me see how we get this ground swell of community driven focus and support, when i have only just stumbled across this forum that only five people have contributed since early 2010. And i run a community website!

How do you get people to care about where they live. Who Cares If We Dont?
happytadpole 21 Oct 2010, 11:19 AM
What feedback are you seriously expecting to these 'objectives'?
Our community is a safe place - "no, I prefer the sniff of danger on the streets".
Our local history, culture and diversity is valued and celebrated - "nah, knock it down and concrete it over".
Everyone has fair access and opportunity to participate in community life - "no, the disabled, oldies and ethnics should be excluded".
We are adaptive and resilient to challenges that may affect us - "no, just say no to change".
Our built environment is a desirable place to be - "I prefer a skyline full of eyesores".
Our health and wellbeing provides for a satisfying and productive life - sorry, can't even think of a jokey response to this bizarre statement!

All this stuff (and in the other categories too) is self-evident. It shouldn't need to be stated, and if you're doing any of it wrong you'll hear about it pretty soon from your ratepayers. We don't need 'mission statements' - we want you to seek our views on specific projects and allocations of resources.