Connecting Local Resources Forum

Published on Thursday 1 November, 2018

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More than 30 organisations working with some of those most in need in the City of Gosnells came together last week at a special forum to find ways to ‘close the gaps’ in providing important community services.

The Connecting Local Resources Forum, held on Tuesday 23 October at Mills Park, came about following discussions between Mayor Glenn Dewhurst and City staff.

Groups represented included faith-based organisations, the WA Police Force, City of Gosnells Youth and Children’s Services, as well as those working with young people, seniors, multicultural communities and people with disability.

The forum was designed to develop a more unified approach to services dealing with issues such as, social isolation, income disparity and mental health.

“Unless we make changes to the way we do things, those people who fall through the gaps now will keep doing so in the future,” Mayor Dewhurst told attendees.

“We need to expand our thinking – we can tackle the issues affecting our residents by being visionary. We need to be sure that funding dedicated to community support is getting to the people who need it and to empower people working in this sector to make change.”

Keynote speaker Garry Fisher, who is the Manager of Lifespan Services at the City of Swan, presented on collective impact and shared some of his project successes.

Mayor Dewhurst called on the 53 attendees to continue discussions from the forum, with their colleagues, with their clients and with partnership organisations.

“Working together, we can make a difference and I look forward to improved outcomes for those in need in our community as a result of the forum,” he said.

For more information, please call the City on 9397 3000.


Photo: (L-R): Mayor Glenn Dewhurst; Liz Gibson (Young Change Makers); Cr Terresa Lynnes; Mavis Clark (Salvation Army); City of Gosnells CEO Ian Cowie, Garry Fisher (Lifespan Services) and Alan Elliott (Gosnells PCYC).