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Council to develop a Social Justice Charter

01/07/2020

Following last Monday’s council meeting Georges River Council has committed to the development of a Social Justice Charter.

A report was presented by Councillor Konjarski advocating for Council to provide leadership and advocacy for the rights of its residents.

Councillor Konjarski said that Council had a responsibility to uphold the principles of social justice and strive to remove any barriers that its community members face.

“There are people in our community who are met with additional challenges because of their race, ethnicity, religion, culture, gender, age, disability or sexuality,” said Cr Konjarski.

“Additionally, we need to ensure that the vulnerable and homeless are given a voice and support, and we hope to go a long way to achieving this through the development of a Social Justice Charter in 2020,” he added.

Mayor Kevin Greene said that Council is committed to social justice and building a city that supports and encourages its community and individuals to fulfil their aspirations.

“Now more than ever we need to ensure that people don’t slip through the cracks, and to do this we must strengthen the bonds that make us a strong, culturally diverse city where people care for one another.

“We need to recognise that there are genuine disadvantages faced by some people and groups within our community.

“It’s absolutely vital that as a Council we do what we can to eliminate discrimination that might prevent anyone in our community from feeling included, respected or able to realise their full potential.

“The Social Justice Charter, and subsequent work Council will undertake in partnership with key stakeholders and organisations, will seek to address any disadvantage and achieve positive outcomes,” added Mayor Greene.
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