Social and Community
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Social and Community

As the sphere of government closest to the people they represent, councils work hard to create social cohesion and a sense of belonging for all members of the community.

This means providing equal access to essential services, the fair distribution of resources, prioritising the health and safety of all community members, and recognition of different groups within the community.

At Local Government NSW (LGNSW), we provide support, advice and advocacy services to member councils on a variety of issues relating to social and community policy.

Whether it’s Aboriginal affairs, ageing, arts & culture, children & youth, disability, libraries, multiculturalism or women in local government, we assist councils in applying the principles of equity, rights, access and participation.

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LGNSW also supports and advocates for a range of other social policy issues, including housing and homelessness, volunteering, water safety, squalor and hoarding, cemeteries, and harm prevention.  Please contact Bronwen Regan, LGNSW Strategy Manager – Social and Community, for more information on social policy issues affecting local government.

LGNSW makes regular submissions to the state and federal governments, plus other agencies, to advocate on behalf of the interests of local government and their communities when it comes to social and community issues. Please visit our submissions page for more details. 

Please select from the below options to learn more about the social and community support we provide.

Aboriginal men perform a welcome dance.
First Nations people

Initiatives and programs that aim to improve outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

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An older couple sitting and stretching on yoga mats.

Support services to enable older people to remain active and connected in their local communities.

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Art pieces on a wall in a council library/gallery.
Arts and Culture

Learn how NSW councils deliver, fund, host, support and promote arts and culture in their community.

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A group of pre-school children water a potted plant at a childcare centre in the Fairfield, Sydney, local government area.
Children and Youth

Information on services, infrastructure, policy and planning issues for young people.

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Woman in a wheelchair at desk and computer in discussion with an able-bodied woman.

Resources to help everyone access facilities and services to fully participate in their community.

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Customer service staff member behind counter chatting to two people in a library.

Information about the NSW public library network, plus the Renew Our Libraries campaign.

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Two women share a fried potato twirl at Bankstown Bites festival.

Council activities that support multicultural communities and promote social cohesion.

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Female delegates at the 2023 LGNSW Annual Conference.
Women in Local Government

Learn how LGNSW advocates for and promotes gender equity in local government.

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