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.

Social and Community


Damian Thomas
Strategy Manager, Social and Community  

Phone: 02 9242 4063
[email protected]

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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 Damian Thomas, 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

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Aboriginal Affairs

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

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

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Arts and Culture

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

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Children and Youth

Information on the services, infrastructure, policy and planning issues relating to young people.

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

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

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Read about local council activities that support multicultural communities and promote social cohesion.

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Women in Local Government

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

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