Update August 2021: Thank you to everyone who provided input into the development of the Cultural Diversity Strategy. All feedback received was collated into a Consultation Summary Report. At the 20 July 2021 Council meeting, this strategy was adopted. Read the final strategy, the Council report (starting from page 92), and the Council minutes (page 8).
Together with our partners, Waverley Council recognises, celebrates and sustains our culturally diverse community. A new Cultural Diversity Strategy will set out our vision and commitment to providing appropriate, equitable and accessible support for all.
View a snapshot of our multicultural community here.
What is the Cultural Diversity Strategy?
The Cultural Diversity Strategy sets out a vision and roadmap for Council, partners and the community, to work together to build and maintain a welcoming and cohesive Waverley for people from culturally diverse backgrounds, recognising that this will benefit everyone in our community.
It recognises that recent global trends and movements have local implications, including rising polarization and intolerance as well as an increasing focus on the importance of planning for cities and communities that are socially just and resilient.
How did we get here?
This strategy was developed in collaboration with local stakeholders and partners and informed by input from the wider Waverley community and industry experts, including Council’s Multicultural Advisory Committee. In total, more than 170 people contributed their feedback.
We also considered feedback already received as part of other Council projects, the 2018 Community Satisfaction Survey, the Waverley Arts and Culture Plan, and the Waverley Community Strategic Plan.
Read the full consultation summary report here.
What is included?
The draft Cultural Diversity Strategy is available to view here.
The strategy encompasses a range of cultural diversity priorities and actions that the community (both generally and industry-specific) have told us they want to see in Waverley. These have been segmented into five focus areas:
- Leadership and planning
- Connected and welcoming
- No place for racism
- Inclusion and equity
- Unlocking opportunities
For each focus area we have developed a series of actions and opportunities, and through their implementation we will work toward the vision for diversity and inclusion:
Waverley: Together by the sea
A welcoming, cohesive and resilient community where people of all cultural backgrounds can belong and participate in social, cultural, economic and civic life.
How to provide feedback
Consultation on the draft strategy runs until 6 July 2021, and you can provide feedback in the following ways:
- Completing the survey online here
- posting to PO Box 9, Bondi Junction NSW 1355
- handing it into Council's Customer Service Centre, 55 Spring Street, Bondi Junction (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm).
What happens next?
Once this engagement period ends, we will review the feedback and finalise the strategy informed by your feedback. The strategy will then go back to Council for consideration.
We will then start implementing the actions outlined – gathering information, forming project plans and working with relevant groups in the community to address each action.
We are committed to making sure you can access the information you need in a format that is right for you. If you would like information supplied in another language or format, please contact us on 9083 8999.
Other helpful contacts include:
- 131 450 to speak with the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS)
- 133 677 TTY/voice calls
- 1300 555 727 Speak & Listen
- 0423 677 767 SMS relay