Livingstone Shire Council's Community Development and Sport and Recreation team understands the important role not-for-profit community organisations hold in the local community in providing worthwhile opportunities for participation in a wide variety of activities that improve the overall health and wellbeing of participants, as well as improve the vibrancy of the Livingstone community.
The Community Development and Sport and Recreation team works closely with hundreds of not-for-profit community organisations across the Shire and is committed to supporting development of these organisations through build capacities and increasing resilience. In line with this commitment, a suite of Quick Guides have been developed in collaboration with industry professionals to provide key information to not-for-profit community organisations on important topics including:
- strategic planning;
- grant writing;
- building volunteers;
- and many more.
The Community Development and Sport and Recreation team is involved in the development of a number of key community infrastructure projects. Community consultation and key stakeholder engagement are vital drivers throughout these developments to ensure infrastructure is built inline with best practice standards, meets all associated State or National guidelines, and is fit for purpose by the end user - whether that be the local community or not-for-profit community organisations.
Council boasts a number of high quality community facilities which enable participation in a range of activities. The Community Development and Sport and Recreation team works with a number of internal and external stakeholders to ensure these facilities are made available to the local community, managed professionally in line with all relevant tenure agreements or contracts, and maintained at a high standard.
The Community Development and Sport and Recreation team is available to meet with clubs or associations to discuss any opportunities for development and provide guidance or support in undertaking associated activities.
Feel free to contact the Community Development and Sport and Recreation team on the below particulars:
Livingstone Shire Council
ATTN: Community Development and Sport and Recreation
PO Box 2292
Yeppoon QLD 4703
(07) 4913 5000
What do we want to know and why? We want to hear from the community about access and inclusion. Your feedback will be used to inform Livingstone Shire Council and help us find better ways to ensure the community is accessible by implementing inclusive policies, practices and services.
We want to know about your experiences, including what is working and not working in your community. We also want to hear about initiatives and models that we can use to make it easier for people to participate in community life.
What is an accessible community? An accessible community is where everyone can use the public facilities including:
An accessible community is also one where everybody can find information in a format that is useful to them.
What is an inclusive community? An inclusive community is one where:
The Community Development and Engagement Team will collate responses and develop a report advising Council of the results and recommendations for enhancing or improving access and inclusion across the shire. This is in line with Livingstone Shire Council’s Inclusive Community Policy which confirms Council’s commitment and provides strategic direction to the ongoing development of Council and its community. The policy and accompanying procedure fulfils statutory requirements and aims to ensure universal commitment to strengthening and valuing diversity through inclusive, equitable and accessible services.
Building the capacity of local not-for-profit community organisations is a key priority for the Community Development and Sport and Recreation team.
What is capacity building? An improvement in the organisation's ability to develop and deliver its aims, objectives and goals.
Capacity building refers to improving a community group's ability to operate. There is any number of areas in which a group might require assistance to increase its capacity. The areas in which community not-for-profit groups commonly need help are: Governance and Boards; Technology/Website Planning and Support; Branding and Marketing Strategy; Sponsorship Seeking; Grant Seeking and Writing; Strategic Planning; Volunteer Recruitment; and Governance.
The Community Development and Sport and Recreation team aims to increase the resilience of local not-for-profit community organisations through a range of activities.
What is resilience? The organisations preparedness and ability to respond to and manage unplanned/unexpected circumstances.
Livingstone Community Grants Support
Livingstone Shire Council with support from Keppel Bay Sailing Club and Inverness Yeppoon administer the Livingstone Community Grants Scheme. Each round provides up to $2000 funding to eligible not-for-profit group initiatives through an application and assessment process (using the SmartyGrants software system).
There are two rounds per year and groups are encouraged to attend information sessions and speak with the team about how they can submit the best application possible.