16 – Caring

Caring

THOSE WHO NEED CARE NEED MORE THAN ‘REPRESENTATION’ FROM THEIR MEMBER FOR ROBERTSON WHO SHOULD BE CAPABLE OF KEEPING A GENERAL OVERSIGHT OF PLANNING AND PROGRESS IN RESPECT OF EACH CATEGORY OF NEED AND, WHERE NECESSARY AND APPROPRIATE, TAKING COLLABORATIVE ACTION WITH APPROPRIATE GOVERNMENT INSTRUMENTALITIES AND NGOs TO ADVANCE PLANNING AND THE DELIVERY OF SERVICES. AS THE INDEPENDENT MEMBER FOR ROBERTSON, I WILL SUPPORT THE COUNCIL IN ITS EFFORTS TO PROGRESS THE ACTIONS OUTLINED IN THIS POLICY … BUT, IN ANY EVENT, I UNDERTAKE TO CONSULT TOGETHER WITH THE COUNCIL AND APPROPRIATE ORGANISATIONS CONCERNED WITH THE NEEDS OF:
• CITIZENS WITH A DISABILITY • HOMELESS CITIZENS • UNATTENDED MENTALLY • ILL ADF VETERANS • VICTIMS OF VIOLENCE & INTIMIDATION.

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:

16.2. 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 Govt, & the Federal Government.
16.2.2 Council will consult with NGO’s associated with the homeless, undiagnosed mentally ill, ADF vets, 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.
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, & people with disabilities are part of all sections of the community.
16.2.3.9 consult regularly with all leading organisations such as: St Vincent de Paul Society Central Coast; Central Coast Disability Network; Home and Community Care; Lifestyle solutions; Life Without Barriers; Samaritans; Camp Breakaway Inc., Disabled Surfers Assoc 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 recommendations 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.

IN RESPECT OF 16.3 AND 16.4, AS THE INDEPENDENT MEMBER FOR ROBERTSON, I UNDERTAKE TO CONSULT TOGETHER WITH THE COUNCIL AND APPROPRIATE ORGANISATIONS CONCERNED WITH: CITIZENS WITH A DISABILITY; HOMELESS CITIZENS; UNATTENDED MENTALLY ILL; ADF VETERANS; VICTIMS OF VIOLENCE & INTIMIDATION … AND TO MAKE REPRESENTATIONS ON THEIR BEHALF TO BOTH GOVERNMENTS, CONSISTENT WITH POLICIES ADVOCATED IN THIS PLAN.

This policy plan is drawn in large part from the Community Plan Central Coast Caring Policy 16.