What we are doing right now
The government is already undertaking a range of initiatives that will make our communities stronger, safer and healthier. Many activities are already underway.
- Use of Streets for People principals for the Bowden and Tonsley developments.
- Education of newly-arrived migrants on the SA legal system by the Legal Services Commission.
- Bushfire preparedness in the Adelaide Hills.
- Personal Alert Systems Rebate Scheme.
- The introduction of Neighbourhood Policing Teams into vulnerable communities.
- Adoption of the Heart Foundation’s Healthy by Design guidelines in the Lightsview development.
- Training volunteers as Community Foodies to promote healthy eating locally.
- Upgrade sporting and recreational infrastructure.
- Living Neighbourhoods resources to help communities create safe, people-friendly streets for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.
- Ur Choice workshops exploring reasons for car crashes for young people disqualified from driving.
- Improving the criminal justice system for people with a disability.
You can find more detail about most of these projects below.
Community Fire Safe is a program coordinated by the Country Fire Service (CFS) that encourages residents living in bushfire risk areas to form small groups and work together in preparing and protecting their families and properties from bushfire. These groups can consist of just a few families living in the same street or area who face a common bushfire threat.
More information: Community Fire Safe groups - Country Fire Service
Newly-arrived migrants’ education
Many Government services have programs to educate newly arrived migrants about how things work in Adelaide.
The Legal Services Commission provides a specialised program for the provision of legal education to people from new and emerging communities. The program works with migrant communities to meet their legal educational needs and ensure access to justice.
More information: Legal education for new migrants - Legal Services Commission.
A new mobile website, The Right Door was launched as part of World Consumer Rights Day in 2012. The site helps migrants with consumer enquiries. The Right Door was jointly created by the:
- South Australian Government
- Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)
- Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).
More information: The Right Door - Consumer and Business Affairs
Personal Alert Systems Rebate Scheme
Older South Australians can access a rebate for a personal alarm which connects them to a 24 hour monitoring centre.
More information: Personal Alert Systems Rebate Scheme - sa.gov.au
Neighbourhood Policing Teams
Neighbourhood Policing Teams work with local residents, community organisations and Government services to address complex local problems, by engaging with the community and focusing on solving the root cause of these problems.
More information: Neighbourhood Policing Teams - South Australian Police
Heart Foundation’s Healthy by Design
The Healthy by Design resource was developed in response to local government requests for practical guidance in designing walkable, and ultimately more liveable, communities.
More information: Healthy by Design - Heart Foundation
Streets for People
The Streets for People Compendium for South Australian Practice is a practical tool for both state and local government to make the design and approval of innovative pedestrian and cycle friendly streetscapes easier. The Streets for People principles have already influenced design outcomes in emerging street design schemes in South Australia such as the Bowden Development.
Streets for People is the product of multiple government agencies working as the South Australian Active Living Coalition.
More information: Streets for People - South Australian Active Living Coalition
Cycling and walking trail upgrades
Plans are underway for cycling and walking trails to be upgraded around South Australia. Mountain bikers, horse riders and walkers will all benefit from a new shared trail network in the Sturt Gorge Recreation Park that opened in 2012, and the Mt Lofty Botanic Gardens plans to provide full disability access on their trails. Trips to 20 parks can even be planned using smart phones via the newly-released, My Parx app.
More information: Parks and gardens at your fingertips - Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources
Obesity Prevention and Lifestyle initiative (OPAL)
The OPAL initiative supports local councils to work with providers like schools, health services and businesses to help people to eat well and be active. Over a quarter of all Councils are participating, with lots of activities underway. For example in:
- Mt Gambier families in SA Housing accommodation are being supplied with fruit trees and planter boxes to plant a fresh snack.
- Woodville free bike maintenance events are being held to encourage people to dust off their unused bikes and get more active.
More information: Obesity Prevention and Lifestyle initiative (OPAL) - SA Health
Community Kitchen Gardens
Community gardens are a great place to meet people, get out in the fresh air and grow healthy food. South Australia has an abundance of community gardens, with reputedly Australia's oldest community garden in Elizabeth. The State Government’s Community Kitchen Garden Project aims to help existing community gardens attain long term sustainability and at the same time help new gardens to establish themselves and attract volunteers.
More information: Kitchen Gardens SA
Upgrade sporting and recreational infrastructure
Grassroots sports organisations have been awarded nearly $7.2million in State Government funding for 2012-13 to ensure South Australia's sporting and recreational infrastructure in both regional and metropolitan areas are of the highest possible standard. The money will see:
- new pitches being created
- floodlighting being installed
- many community facilities across South Australia being upgraded.