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Council to help implement the Fraser Coast Social Plan

16 December 2019

The Fraser Coast Regional Council will help the Hervey Bay Community Centre implement the Fraser Coast Social Plan.

Councillors David Lewis ($5,000), Anne Maddern ($5,000), Denis Chapman ($5,000), Darren Everard ($5,000) and Zane O’Keefe ($10,000) have contributed $30,000 from discretionary funds to implement the plan which aims to tackle social problems across the region.

The development of the social plan was funded by the Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre, Council and the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund.

“Council wants to help tackle social problems to ensure we can provide a safe, active and healthy community,” Cr O’Keefe said.

“With our funding the community centre hopes to obtain a $240,000 grant to implement the plan.”

It is proposed that the initial implementation activities will take place over a period of 12 to 18 months.

“We know from experience that many of the complex social issues we are faced with are best tackled at a local level,” Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre Chief Executive Officer Tanya Stevenson said.

“The plan has been developed with community input to ensure it identified our issues and put forward localised solutions to help address the community issues impacting us.

“It encourages collaboration for groups to connect and develop new ideas specific to the Fraser Coast.”