Georges River Council has a multicultural community and a great diversity of cultural, religious and language groups. Over 40% of our residents were born overseas, 37% were from countries where English is not the first language and 49% spoke a language other than English.
Individuals that identify as Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander represent 0.5% of the population in the 2011 census.
We have an ageing population, with 25% of the population aged over 55 years, which is projected to increase into the future. Georges River is a strongly family-oriented area with more than 73% of households identified as family homes.
Council recognises the different needs of a range of groups in the community – such as older people, people with disability, families, Aboriginal people, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and young people. Council acknowledges that the needs and expectations of our residents will change over time.
The focus of the Community Development Team is underpinned by social justice principles including access and equity, participation and inclusion.
Georges River Council recognises that a range of community services, facilities, and community development programs are vital in contributing to a community where people:
- Feel safe
- Have access to services they need for themselves and for family members
- Feel that they are part of their community.
The Community Development Team is part of the Community and Cultural Directorate and includes the following Community Development positions:
- Aged and Disability
- Cultural Development
- Multicultural and Indigenous
- Chinese Support Worker
Community Development and Services Advisory Committee
The Community Development and Services Advisory Committee
(CDSAC) considers issues relating to community and cultural development, community access and community safety. For more information, contact Council’s Community Development team on 9330 6400.
Council has strong community networks and partnerships within the region, and through these groups it works towards providing access to a range of community services, facilities and information resources to meet the needs of the local community.