Through community development, we aim to support our communities to achieve their desired outcomes.
What does the service deliver?
The community development service is focused on strengthening community connections; building community leadership and fundraising capability; and facilitating community-led development practices that support the projects and priorities of local areas.
Through this activity, council seeks to better understand the needs and wants of our communities, and to connect these aspirations to council decision-making and planning processes (particularly the Annual Plan and Long Term Plan).
Why do we provide the service?
Community development was introduced as a new and growing service in the 2021-31 Long Term Plan, after the reintroduction of the Local Government (Community Well-being) Amendment Act in 2019. Re-introducing the promotion of social, economic, environmental, and cultural well-being of communities endorsed a focus on community development for councils.
How do we provide the service?
There are three key activities of the community development service - Community-Led Development, Fundraising Support and Community Leadership.