Orange City Council seeks to support the community by developing and providing a range of community services that meet the identified needs of the community.
Community spirit is alive and well in the Orange area with community groups available for all members of the community. The council works with local partners to plan and implement community development projects that improve safety and build on community capacity and spirit.
Supporting Our Community
The Community Services sector provides a huge range of services to cater for all in our community, from young people to the elderly.
One of the key aims of Community Services is to ensure that all sectors of the community have access to the support and facilities that serve their needs. Services that come under the Community Services banner include childcare, youth services, ageing and disability services, road safety, migrant services and community planning.
The community services section also fosters crime prevention partnerships that have developed and secured programs such as Alcohol Free Zones; the Parental Responsibility Act, ensuring children at risk on the street are taken to a safe place; the Operation Never Again Program, a project that actively promotes security of homes and vehicles and supporting victims of break-ins; and CBD Crime Prevention Through CCTV.
On 2 March 2011, Orange City Council launched 'Shaping Orange', the first stage of community consultation to find out what people in the community want for the direction of the city. Council are asking the community to get involved, and be part of the conversation that will help shape the city's future. The conversations will form part of the 'Shaping Orange Community Strategic Plan' which will be the primary planning document for Orange's long term future. The plan will be developed in consultation with the community, businesses, organisations, interest groups, council staff and councillors. Everyone's voice is important and everyone should make their voice heard.
Shaping Orange will focus on three key questions:
- What do people value most about Orange?
- What do you think would enhance Orange?
- What would you like future generations to enjoy about Orange?
The Community Strategic Plan, when completed, will provide a clear direction for Orange's long-term future.
If you would like to read more about the process, or get involved, visit Shaping Orange.