Minister for Ageing John Ajaka and Minister for Local Government Paul Toole today launched the Creating Liveable Communities Competition and encouraged local councils to enter to increase the liveability of communities in NSW for carers, older people and people with disability.
Mr Ajaka said councils that submit the most innovative and impacting projects will win a share in $600,000 NSW Government funding.
“The competition is open to all local councils and is calling for innovative ways to foster more liveable communities,” Mr Ajaka said.
“Being in a liveable community means living without physical or mental barriers in place, where everyone considers the vulnerable to ensure physical accessibility and social inclusion – it makes for a happy and healthy community overall.”
Minister for Local Government Paul Toole called on all councils to come up with submissions to better their communities.
“This is a great competition and a chance for local councils to have a project, or part of a project which has been on the wish-list for ages, funded by the NSW Government,” Mr Toole said.
“Competition entries will not just be assessed on their innovation, but the size of their impact on the community, the extent of community engagement and the way in which they are backed up by evidenced need.”
President of Local Government NSW, Cr Keith Rhoades AFSM, said NSW councils are committed to creating liveable inclusive communities for all their residents and are doing wonderful work in this area.
“A whole-of-government approach is needed to ensure NSW communities are inclusive for all residents, including older people, people with a disability and carers. Local Government NSW is pleased to work in partnership with the NSW Government on the Creating Liveable Communities Competition to help get many of the innovative and creative ideas of councils off the ground.”
Winners will be determined by an expert panel including members of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Ageing, the Carers Advisory Council and the NSW Disability Council.
The competition will be administered by Local Government NSW. For more information or to submit an application visit www.lgnsw.org.au. Entries close on 12 December 2014.