Burnie thrilled with funding win to tackle worklessness

Burnie has been announced as the successful community to receive up to $1 million of support to tackle worklessness.

The first of its kind in Australia, The Search is an initiative convened by the Centre for Social Impact that aims to develop the capacity of communities in the early stages of implementing the collective impact framework. Burnie was announced the winner at an event hosted by the Governor-General in Sydney today (Wednesday 18 March 2015).

Mayor Anita Dow said, “We are beyond thrilled to be given this support to tackle some of the major issues our community face. I believe Burnie was successful due to the overwhelming proof that our community through various programs and groups acknowledge and are ready to support each other and make change.

“We can’t deny that there are families struggling in our community and this funding is vital to enhance programs that focus and support complex issues such as unemployment, social and economic disadvantage and intergenerational poverty.”

The Search funding opportunity has been created by a pioneering group of funders who are backing a new approach to tackling some of our country’s toughest and most entrenched social problems.

With a clear focus on worklessness, the Council aims to utilise a collective impact framework to build a brighter future for the local community. These collective efforts are directed by the community’s goals in the strategic plan, Making Burnie 2030.

Council’s Director of Community and Economic Development Mr Rodney Greene said, “Some of funding will provide the opportunity to supply dedicated support to undertake backbone functions and coordination of vital initiatives.

“The successful proposal titled Burnie Works promises to work with members of our community experiencing complex issues. There will be a focus on whole of family approaches, system level thinking and social outcome measurements to address the social issues in Burnie to ensure that all members of our community share in a prosperous future.

“This funding gives the Burnie community a greater chance and opportunity to achieve the goals set out in Making Burnie 2030.”

For further information please contact

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

Email: ldobson@burnie.net