Randwick City Council and Father Chris Riley’s Youth Off The Streets recently won a council partnership award at the 2015 local government Aboriginal Network Conference held on 5-7 August 2015 in Port Macquarie.
The Award recognises the achievement of the Council’s successful partnership with a community organisation, Youth Off The Streets, in making a significant contribution to Aboriginal communities.
As part of the partnership, Youth Off The Streets staff and the Council’s Community Development Officer (Aboriginal Services) get together once a week and work collaboratively to address issues surrounding vulnerable youth, and support the various activities designed by our youth workers to motivate and engage young people. The after school activities cater for young people aged 10-23 and include an Outreach BBQ held at Coral Sea Park on Wednesdays and at Maroubra Beach on Fridays. In addition to the range of sports and recreation activities held at the outreach, more specific one to one intervention and professional support are also available to young people in need.
The outreach is located in Lexington Place, South Maroubra and is now in its third year. The effectiveness of the outreach program is reflected in the latest crime data, which shows anti-social incidents (e.g. graffiti and malicious damage to property) in Maroubra has dropped by more than 45% in the area, the lowest it has been in seven years.
The NSW Local Government Aboriginal Network (LGAN) Conference was established in 1988 and brings together Aboriginal staff, elected members and related industry practitioners working in the local government sector to share their skills, knowledge and expertise on current issues. The LGAN Conference is held annually and six awards are presented on the day in the following categories: council, council employee, councillor, council partnership, young achiever and Cr Pat Dixon Lifetime.