16 – Caring

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16 – Caring

Council’s purpose is to care for its workers appropriately [see Category 5 ‘Workers & Familes’] and to
care, as best it can, for those in danger and vulnerable within our community: the disabled;
homeless people, the unattended mentally ill, unsupported ADF veterans, victims of violence and
intimidation. In respect of domestic & family violence, Council’s purpose is to reduce and prevent
domestic and family violence. It is Council’s responsibility to better understand, and to provide
support for those with special care needs.

Elements/Actions:

16.1. Local Community Governance

16.1.1 Council will …
16.2. Central Coast Council:

16.2.1 Because Council cares about its significant populations of people in danger:
* undiagnosed and unattended mentally ill
* ADF veterans with PTSD
* victims of violence
* the many homeless
* people with disabilities …
… Council will undertake a comprehensive analysis of the nature & size of existing
realities, and will report, with recommendations for appropriate actions by
Council, the NSW Government, and the Federal Government.

16.2.2 Council will consult with NGO’s associated with the homeless, undiagnosed mentally
ill, ADF veterans, and victims of violence, to identify possible support the Council can
provide from its own resources.

16.2.3 In respect of people with disabilities, Council will:
16.2.3.1 consult with all Central Coast NGO providers of care on a six month basis
through onsite visits and regular public consultation meetings & forums.

16.2.3.2 audit existing public accessible infrastructure and retro fit where necessary.
The audit should conform to [and beyond?] Australian Standards and keep pace with
today’s equipment requirements and technology.

16.2.3.3 work collaboratively, in equal partnership, with local care organisations to
identify Disability Inclusive and accessible regional precincts for people with special
needs

16.2.3.4 allocate reasonable Operational Funding and Special Project Funding to
facilitate true inclusion & accessibility throughout the region.

16.2.3.5 encourage Central Coast Tourism and the Tourism Industry of the Central
Coast to look seriously at Disability Tourism and its potential as an alternative source
of income for the region and help with the promotion of such services.

16.2.3.6 identify with appropriate signage, precinct areas or services that deal with
Disability Access & Inclusion and support all registered services on the Central
Coast on Council’s website and within other written material.

16.2.3.7 create a permanent Community Disability Advisory Group (separate from
Council’s Disability Officers or staff) with representatives selected by the regional
NGO’s caring for vulnerable people with disabilities as a true representation of carer
organisations on the Coast, to be included in continued work on developing specialist
disability precincts throughout the Council area.

16.2.3.8 encourage a work and living environment in which disability is regarded as a
normal part of the Human experience, and people with disabilities are part of all
sections of the Central Coast community.

16.2.3.9 consult regularly with all leading organisations such as: St Vincent de Paul
Society Central Coast Region; Central Coast Disability Network; Home and
Community Care; Lifestyle solutions; Life Without Barriers; Samaritans; Camp
Breakaway Inc., Disabled Surfers Association of Australia.

16.2.3.10 progressively increase access to buildings and external sites which cater
for sizeable public groups: government, public services, commercial, sport,
performances, learning, conveniences, beaches, waterways, parks.

16.2.3.11 establish a separate fund (through state and federal grants) to engage
local tradespeople for the FREE retro fitting of access ramps, etc. to private shops in
designated Inclusive Precinct areas to help support “Access & Inclusion” on the
Central Coast.

16.2.9 In respect of incidents of domestic violence (D & FV) Council will:
16.2.9.1 focus on primary prevention strategies in accordance with the
National Domestic Violence Framework – Third Action Plan of the National Plan to
Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022.

16.2.9.2 establish a Women’s Advisory Council to provide advice on decisions that
have particular impacts on women and gender based violence.

16.2.9.3 consult with the Central Coast Domestic Violence Committee and
local D & FV services to support local initiatives of violence prevention and to keep
abreast of local D & FV needs.

16.2.9.4 will commit to gender equality in employment by enacting the 50:50 Vision
– Councils for Gender Equity by employing an equal amount of women to men.

16.2.9.5 work with children and youth through Council’s youth work programs
[TAFE? Schools? Uni? Sporting organisations? Popular local bands? Mass media?
Gyms?] to counter the early development of negative peer relationships and to
promote respect and gender equality.

16.2.9.6 work towards the health and wellbeing of the community through
community support programs, events and community meeting places i.e. well
established play parks covering the Central Coast

16.3. NSW Government:

16.3.1 Following Council’s comprehensive analysis [see 16.2.1] Council will, with the advice
and support of specific advisory groups such as the Community Disability Advisory
Group, Central Coast Domestic Violence Committee, the Women’s Advisory Council,
provide advocacy on behalf of these categories of people, and seek to broker
legislative, regulatory and funding support from the NSW government to meet the recs from 16.2.1

16.3.2 Council will, in 2017, begin negotiations with NSW Government for the legislation,
funding and political support to provide for the Third Action Plan of the National Plan
to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022.

16.4. Federal Government:

16.4.1 Following Council’s comprehensive analysis [see 16.2.1] Council will, with the advice
and support of specific advisory groups such as the Community Disability Advisory
Group, Central Coast Domestic Violence Committee, the Women’s Advisory Council,
provide advocacy on behalf of these categories of people, and seek to broker
legislative, regulatory and funding support from the Federal government to meet the
recs from 16.2.1

16.4.2 Council will negotiate directly with the Federal Government to increase crisis
funding for housing [see Category 13 “Housing”] and accommodation services on the
Central Coast.



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