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A plan to enhance the Pilbara’s Non-Government Organisation sector (NGO) sector is nearing completion with a second round of consultation workshops wrapping up last week.
A partnership between Regional Development Australia Pilbara and the Pilbara Development Commission, the 10 Year Community Plan for NGOs aims to establish a more coordinated approach to service delivery.
More than 120 people from NGOs attended the workshops in towns across the region to provide feedback on ten strategic themes proposed by community expert and project consultant, Peter Kenyon, from Bank of I.D.E.A.S.
Opportunities for building a more sustainable NGO sector included collective impact, volunteer recruitment and retention, capacity building and the formulation of a regional NGO support structure.
Pilbara Development Commission Acting Chief Executive Officer Terry Hill said the Community Plan would provide a framework for supporting a sustainable and efficient NGO sector which aligns with the State Government’s reform of regional services and remote communities.
“We need to ensure that Pilbara communities are receiving the most appropriate services that meet their needs, whether it be in health, education, family support or community safety,” Mr Hill said.
“Representatives from the Pilbara’s NGOs have been very forthcoming in providing feedback and ideas for this strategic plan. This has been a great show of commitment to transform the sector to build stronger, more resilient communities, which has strong alignment with the objectives of the Pilbara Blueprint.”
The research so far has uncovered more than 270 social, sporting and religious groups/clubs, more than 165 NGOs and 18 Aboriginal Corporations that collectively deliver more than 300 services to the community.
Regional Development Australia Pilbara Chief Executive Officer Diane Pentz said that the development of a 10 Year Community Plan for the NGO sector is in response to the Map and Gap Analysis that was undertaken by RDA Pilbara and the Commission in 2012.
“With the changing landscape, as the resources industry moves from construction to operational activities, it is imperative that this sector is supported in its service delivery to meet the changing needs of the community,” Ms Pentz said.
Community members are also being encouraged to have their say on the priority areas in an online survey. The short nine-question survey will provide further evidence for identifying areas of focus. To complete the survey visit: http://bankofideas.townhallapp.io/en
The 10 Year Community Plan for NGOs, due for completion in April 2016, is an initiative of the Pilbara Development Commission and Regional Development Australia Pilbara.