Lake Macquarie         

The Youth Strategy 2014-2019 will ensure that Council considers the needs and issues of young people.

It will provide a way for young people, people who care about young people and people who work with young people to voice their concerns and contribute to Council decision making.

This approach emphasises meaningful engagement. It aims to build a resilient youth population.

The final strategy will be carried out in partnership with:

  • all levels of government
  • non-government agencies
  • the community
  • young people

Council will carry out the strategy’s action plan over the next five years, and is working towards a brighter future for young people in Lake Macquarie.


Maitland Social Compass

The “Maitland Social Compass” is the over arching title given to the following community resources developed by Maitland City Council.

  1. The Maitland Community Profile and Atlas
  2. The Maitland Community Directory
  3. The Maitland Social Plan
  4. The Maitland Social Planning database      (currently under development)

All of the above can be found here on the council website

The Maitland Council website contains a large variety of datasets on the LGA as a whole, individual suburbs as well as comparisons to the Hunter region, the state and to the nation. To access this information head over the the council website and use the search feature

Maitland 2021 Community Strategic Plan

The 2021 Maitland Community Strategic Plan was adopted by Maitland Council in February 2011. It outlines a current snapshot of the Mailtand LGA and outlines planning for the coming 10 years. With the populatiopn of the area set to increase from 70,000 to 90,000 during the next 10 years this document is an important part to any planning that involves the area.

Community Means business – BRES

The Business Retention and Expansion Survey (BRES) was conducted through out 2010 in the 2322 postcode. This area covers the suburbs of Thornton, Woodberry, Tarro, Beresfield and Hexham and was completed by a variety of local employees. it is hoped that the survey can be utilised to improve employment opportunities for local young people and their community and encourage them to create greater ties with and remain in the area.

Hunter Valley Research Foundation

The HVRF is Australia’s longest running independent, not-for-profit, regional research organisation and is committed to assisting business, government, statutory bodies and community organisations. The Foudation’s site offers a variety of data providing information on key aspects of communities within the Hunter. Head over to the site and have a look in the publications sections for more information.

The 2013 Maitland City Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Portrait provides a statistical snapshot of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Maitland LGA. This has been done by pulling together data from the 2006 and 2011 Censuses, researching relevant federal and state policies and reports and undertaking consultation with local Aboriginal organisations, services and groups.  The purpose of the portrait is to get an indication of the social and economic health of Maitland City’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, which will in turn help Council further understand the key issues that the community are facing and respond to them in an appropriate way. The portrait can also be utilised by local organisations, services and groups who are developing projects and applying for funding to address the areas of disadvantage in the community.
These statistics have been gathered to provide the Maitland CDAT with some indicators around alcohol and drug related harms. Where possible, data from local health districts (LHDs) has been included to provide local information, otherwise information is provided from either state or national sources. Information aims to be correct at time of publication, but note that statistics are updated regularly so these may be superseded.

Where the Maitland CDAT shows a greater rate of harms than the state average, these are marked with a red .
Where the Maitland CDAT shows a lower rate of harms than the state average, these are marked with a green .


Joining the Dots- Community Action Across the Villages of Dungog Shire

Over 55 members of the Dungog Shire community participated in a Results Based Community Action (RBCA) process, including Dungog High School students, representatives from government agencies, representatives from community organisations and local residents. Meetings were held in Dungog, Clarence Town, Gresford and Paterson. The Results Based Community Action process was run by the Dungog Shire Community Centre and facilitated by the Local Community Services Association (LCSA). The LCSA is the peak body for neighbourhood and community centres in NSW and is currently piloting the Results Based Community Action process.

Upper Hunter

The You In Youth Survey Findings report and the Residents, Engagement and Community Building  report

In November 2013, Upper Hunter Community Services conducted two workshops to benefit our community, industry and service partners. The You In Youth Survey Findings report and the Residents, Engagement and Community Building  report are fantastic tools for future planning and understanding of our communities needs. It is with great enthusiasm that Upper Hunter Community Services release the You In Youth report and the Residents, Engagement and Community Building report. We look forward to hearing your feedback.


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