Winter 2014

Editorial Inner Sydney Voice – Winter 2014
Editorial / Winter 2014

Editorial Inner Sydney Voice – Winter 2014

The decision to remove public housing from Millers Point, The Rocks and Dawes Point has sent shockwaves through these local communities and through the inner city public housing communities we service. Not only does the decision cleanse these suburbs of all public housing it also changes the suburbs themselves which […]

How to Lobby your MPs
Civil Society / Community Engagement / Parliamentary Process / Winter 2014

How to Lobby your MPs

Recent media reports suggest the more money you have the more access you have to decision makers. We also have governments with very conservative agendas at a State and Federal level, which poses challenges for those pursuing a more progressive agenda. The key lies in being prepared writes Alex Greenwich MP.

In the Jury we Trust
Civil Society / Community Engagement / Winter 2014

In the Jury we Trust

With deliberative processes being increasingly used to ascertain community views, Iain Walker explains the citizen jury process used by newDemocracy.

A Journey through the Public Health System
Domestic Violence / Health / Winter 2014 / Youth

A Journey through the Public Health System

In her presentation to the Looking Forward Looking Back conference Mahlie reflects on her experiences within the public mental health service and where there may have been opportunities for the system to react differently. It is a powerful story that helps us to understand the complexities of mental health and where the system needs to be improved.

Sydney Alliance Assembly March 2014
Civil Society / Winter 2014

Sydney Alliance: Building Civil Society Differently

Sydney Alliance brings together a wide spectrum of churches, unions and community groups. Geoff Turnbull explores this new force in Sydney’s civil society debate.

Boarding House Regulation – Who is winning?
Housing / Winter 2014

Boarding House Regulation – Who is winning?

Sally Chalmers and Paul Adabie have been working on a boarding house project with both boarders and operators during the introduction of the Boarding House Act in NSW. With Digby Hughes they explain the changes and explore some of the consequences.

Community Gardens are particularly important for a healthy built environment
Urban Development / Winter 2014

Assessing New Development to see how it supports Health and Wellbeing

Here are some questions from Susan Thompson, to ask at different stages of the planning and development process. The categories and questions are not mutually exclusive and there is considerable crossover between the different issues.

Great designs include stairs
Health / Urban Development / Winter 2014

Creating healthy built environments

In this article, Susan Thompson provides an overview of how urban environments can support health and well-being. She also suggests questions to ask of new developments about how they will support the community’s health – both those who already live in an area and aspiring residents.

Better Block
Civil Society / Community Engagement / Community Safety / Urban Development / Winter 2014

Better Block

Clovelly Road was transformed and re-imagined as a greener, safer, more liveable street on 27th October 2013. Megan Sharkey explores what those keen to reimagine their streets and communities can learn from community driven planning used in the first Better Block transformation in Sydney.

Understanding Aged Care Assessments
Ageing / HACC / Winter 2014

Understanding Aged Care Assessments

An Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) assesses a person’s ability to live independently in the community and makes recommendations but as Enis Jusufspahic points out it cannot force you out of your home into care.