Sunshine Coast Council

The Australian Business Award for Community Contribution recognises organisations for initiatives that positively impact on the community and generate outcomes that have a long term benefit.

[testimonials design=”classic” backgroundcolor=”” textcolor=”” random=”” class=”” id=””][testimonial name=”Mark Jamieson, Mayor” avatar=”none” image=”” image_border_radius=”” company=”Sunshine Coast Council” link=”” target=”_blank”]”The Sunshine Coast Social Strategy ensured our community continued to thrive and enjoy a lifestyle that sets us apart.

“This important strategy, endorsed by Sunshine Coast Council in 2015, provides a long-term social direction that builds on the region’s positive social attributes.

“It provides us with a clear direction to ensure our residents feel included, are treated with respect and opportunities are available to all.

“By working alongside a range of government agencies and organisations, we will build an even stronger Sunshine Coast community, living in what we hope will be Australia’s most sustainable region – vibrant, green, diverse.

“Sunshine Coast Council is, and will continue to be, focussed on serving the community and shaping our region’s future.”[/testimonial][/testimonials][separator style_type=”none” top_margin=”10″ bottom_margin=”10″ sep_color=”” border_size=”” icon=”” icon_circle=”” icon_circle_color=”” width=”” alignment=”center” class=”” id=””]

The Sunshine Coast local government area boasts a population of approximately 285,000 people spread over 2291 square kilometres. The Sunshine Coast is embarking on a period of significant change and rapid population growth, with an expected increase of over 185,000 new residents by 2036.

The Sunshine Coast Council have begun thinking differently about how to make their community stronger. They aim to create a generative society that is economically and ecologically sustainable while forging beneficial outcomes for all members of the community. The Social Strategy 2015 responds to the corporate goal of “a strong community” and articulates targets, outcomes and initiatives towards their social vision.

The Social Strategy 2015 was developed to provide a vision and a strategic framework which articulates council’s role in contributing to stronger communities. Working towards this vision requires responses to community need in collaboration with community partners. It also requires the support and continued development of social capital and a deep understanding of the social issues that arise in a changing population, dealing with growth, ageing, employment and lifestyle pursuits. The Social Strategy identifies long and short term initiatives for responding to the social needs of the region and further developing the community strengths.

The Strategy has already resulted in a number of important outcomes. The most significant of these outcomes has been strong leadership throughout the events on the social messaging calendar, increases in youth employment, an increase in the number of community organisations that benefit from community grant funding, healthier lifestyles and recruitment of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander advisor.

The Sunshine Coast Council is being recognised for a Community Contribution Award in the Australia Business Awards 2016.

The Australian Business Awards are the regional chapter of an integrated, hierarchical leadership program conducted on a national and international level. Eligible organisations from each region are invited to participate in the international chapter of the program at The World Business Awards. Conducted annually and currently in the second year of its international launch, The World Business Awards seeks to engage with the world’s business, innovation and technology leaders through a global recognition and knowledge building initiative that is underpinned by the program’s established framework. The program engages with organisations worldwide to benchmark the full spectrum of their products, services and initiatives and to review their business performance. The cycle culminates in the recognition and celebration of organisations that implement world-class business initiatives and industry leading products and services on a prominent and far-reaching scale. All entries must be entered in the regional chapter where the organisation is based.

Organisational participation includes private companies, publicly listed companies, multinational subsidiaries, not-for-profit organisations, non-government organisations, educational institutions, franchise systems, partnerships, government departments, government agencies, local government and statutory bodies operating in Australia.

Initiatives can include but are not limited to projects, programs, processes, systems, technologies, developments, ventures and undertakings.

Entries are assessed utilising a robust and dynamic framework to ensure that the assessment process is pertinent and objective. The World Business Awards Framework (WBA Framework) is utilised as a structured model of assessment that enables the participating organisations to be benchmarked against world class performance standards. The Framework consists of specialised assessment modules pertaining to the evaluation criteria for each of the award categories. The criteria and sub-criteria provide a robust set of requirements that are used as the methodology for benchmarking and learning among the participating organisations.

Organisations that participate are provided with the unique opportunity to benchmark themselves against the top performers globally. The recipients are acknowledged for their achievements and recognised as the elite of their industry earning a place amongst a distinguished group by having their products, projects, initiatives, contributions and achievements recognised on a prominent and far-reaching scale. The program provides the ultimate platform for building knowledge, increasing brand awareness, equity, loyalty and retention through increased exposure, recognition and prestige. This establishes a valuable resource that can be used extensively to create opportunities for publicity, positive organisational profiling and heightened brand awareness within the respective industries both nationally and internationally.

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