Can Parramatta stand up as the ‘second CBD’? Is the West destined to always be seen as the ‘poor’ half of Sydney? These and other big questions about our changing cities will be discussed when the Urban Research Centre brings the Festival of Urbanism to Western Sydney on Tuesday 8 September.
Over 10 days, the festival, which carries the theme ‘Urban myth-busting’, will feature expert panels, international speakers, city tours and documentaries to examine the real problems facing Australian cities. The festival last year brought together academics, professionals and residents to canvass issues of density, transport and development.
Three events in Parramatta will challenge myths about Western Sydney, and reveal the latest thinking about the region’s future.
The Department of Family and Community Services has just released the Targeted Earlier Intervention Programs Sector Consultation Paper. The purpose of the paper is to seek feedback from service providers regarding what is working well and what can be improved in the delivery of targeted earlier intervention services to vulnerable children, families and communities.
The paper is calling for feedback on five key areas:
Submissions will be closing on the 16th of October.
WSCF will be developing a process to collect information from our members and stakeholders across the region that will inform our response to this paper. More details will follow in the coming weeks.
In the meantime, if you have any enquiries regarding the paper please don’t hesitate to contact us.
The Baabayn Aboriginal Corporation is a group formed by five Women Directors who live and work voluntarily in the Community of Mt Druitt. The Group hosts a social gathering every Tuesday for the Community at the Holy Family Centre, in Emerton. On Tuesdays the Community comes together, shares a meal and has a yarn, meets with service providers (counsellors, health professionals, Legal Aid, Centrelink and others), and undertakes art and craft activities, which are seen to be culturally restorative and genuinely therapeutic.
WSCF has been working with the Women and other partners to initiate pilot project to transport the Women and people from their community to attend the Tuesday group.