Burnie shortlisted for funding to focus on unemployment

Burnie City Council has been shortlisted for funding to help with Burnie’s unemployment issues.

Collaboration for Impact announced the shortlist on Thursday 16 October 2014.  Burnie was selected as one of the 11 communities now in the running to be “The Search selected community and receive a resource pool of up to $1 million to tackle some of Australia’s most complex and challenging social issues.

Mayor Steve Kons said, “It is great that Burnie is a step closer to gaining some possible funding to tackle our city’s biggest issues. I guess the recent national spotlight on our unemployment issues, may in fact help us gain more funding to focus on these matters.”

The first of its kind in Australia, The Search is an initiative to develop the capacity of communities in the early stages of implementing the Collective Impact framework. The framework is an innovative way to tackle entrenched social challenges such as: multi-generational unemployment, disengagement from education, homelessness, crime and poverty. The framework has had significant success in the United States and Canada.

The initiative was launched in June 2014 and attracted 49 Expressions of Interest from across Australia. An eminent panel of national and international judges assessed the applications and shortlisted the 11 most promising early-stage collective impact initiatives.

“Council’s Community and Economic Development team submitted a proposal titled Burnie Works. The Burnie Works project promises to work with members of our community experiencing complex issues such as unemployment, social and economic disadvantage and intergenerational poverty,”Ald Kons said.

Council’s Director of Community and Economic Development Mr Rodney Greene said, “The Burnie Works project proposes to use the collective impact framework, whole of family approaches, system level thinking and social outcomes measurement to address these issues in Burnie to ensure that all members of our community share in a prosperous future.

“Burnie currently sits within the 37th percentile of SEIFA nationally. It aims to be at the 50th percentile by 2030, as stated in the community’s strategic plan for the city, Making Burnie 2030. A further target is to see significant improvement in the lower indexed suburbs. Currently five suburbs score below 900 in Burnie, some of the worst in Australia. The aim is for all suburbs to score above 900 by 2030.

“We want to see the average education participation rates be greater than 93% by 2030 and the education retention rate beyond year 10 of greater than 80% by 2030.

“As a shortlisted community we will now continue to develop our application over the next four months and will have access to a grant of up to $5000 to purchase services or support to do so. We will work hard on this proposal, in the hope we may be successful for this much needed funding in Burnie.”

Burnie must submit a final application by 11 February 2015, with the selected community to be announced on 11 March 2015.

For further information please contact

Libby Dobson
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
(03) 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728

Email: ldobson@burnie.net