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This challenge is now closed for submissions (26 June 2020)

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The COVID-19 pandemic had a direct impact on the way we live our lives. Other impacts are still emerging, like increases in domestic violence, youth unemployment and alcohol and drug use. While vulnerable people and disadvantaged groups have been hit the hardest, the absence of a range of social activities and routines has left people disconnected. Recovery will need to focus on promoting active engagement in arts and culture, sport and recreation and other social activities to build community cohesion and resilience.

We want to hear your thoughts on the pandemic’s impact, and your ideas on what should be the priorities and actions for our social recovery.

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Improve social health through greater exposure to nature

Nature brings people together. Research has also shown that greater altruistic behaviour occurs and violence and crime decreases. We need to recognise and appreciate the possibilities that greater incorporation of nature throughout neighbourhoods offers.  - Varying densities throughout, enabling high density and mixed use facilities in close proximity to transport and city centres while retaining larger blocks in areas to reduce infill and maintain, plus enhance, the urban canopy. - The...

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Don't let us waste a good crisis!

Let’s capture this moment in history where we felt loss at the closure of traditional services due to COVID19 but at the same time saw the amazing rise in community connections. There are so many beautiful stories of community action with people remembering how it feels to live in a village again and to look out for our neighbours. We saw food donations, nappy donations, teddy bears, chalk art and people caring for struggling neighbours. People caring for people!  Over the last 60 years,...

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4 Day Working Week

Employers consider a four-day working week and other flexible working options as a way to boost tourism and help employees address persistent work/life balance issues.  Experience has shown that the shift made employees happier and more productive and the regime also had benefits for mental and physical health, the environment, family and social lives, and climate change.  We need to retain all the productivity benefits working from home has brought, including cleaner air and a lack of...

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Mentoring

Covid has led to many job losses across many industries, often in skilled positions where individuals may find themselves unemployed to the first time.  Whilst it is hoped that the economy picks up soon, many people are at high risk of developing depression and other mental health problems.  At the same time, we have a large number of youths at risk of offending or already in the criminal justice system, typically young males.  Mentoring and providing strong role models is known to be a...

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Turn public libraries into community and culture hubs

Public libraries in Western Australia are not being utilised to their full potential. Libraries have never been about books on shelves, they are information centres, social meeting places, centres of cultural exchange and culture making, depositories and transfer centres of information and knowledge.   The State Library of Victoria published a report titled 'Creative communities : the cultural benefits of Victoria's public libraries' (2014) which demonstrates that libraries are an integral...

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Digital e-Handbook - Covid 19

I propose developing a digital e-handbook that will be used as a general Quick Guide on Covid-19 related information. This will enable people to easily  find  practical information from a single source location. Currently there are multiple reference points such as the www.wa.gov.au, Department of Health etc. The e-handbook is to provide the community with simple, clear and easy to understand general information, available from a single source that can be downloaded or read on-line. Below...

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Indigenous history, cultural studies and language as part of the school curriculum

Indigenous history, cultural studies and language is currently limited in its delivery and provision in schools to mainly focus on NAIDOC and Reconciliation Week events. As part of our efforts to ‘close the gap’ and progress the government’s commitments to reconciliation, a compulsory class/subject of Australian Heritage and culture in the school curriculum should be created that focusses on the history and culture of Australia’s first people, and provides a language component for schools...

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Employment reversed.

Have an employment app that allows individuals to upload their CV and covering letter when seeking employment. Employers then use this information to search for and narrow down potential employees.  Starting with individuals who have been economically impacted by Covid, this application allows users to upload their information once and enables employers to use key search criteria to find genuine applicants to infilled roles. This reduces the stress on the person seeking work, and reduces...

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Redefine KidSport to cover other clubs

KidSport funding was withdrawn from clubs such as Girl Guides and Scouts over a year ago because they weren't 'sports'. The point of giving these small grants to families doing it tough is to get kids engaged with the outdoors and social groups, to live healthy lifestyles and try new activities. Some kids don't gel with team sports because they are simply not sporty, may be neurodiverse or have disabilities. Isn't it better to include those kids in the funding pool to join community...

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An outreach campaign to all WA households

Engaging the newly jobless with local community connectors to provide advice and quickly connect them to the help they need. The more people we can get back into work quickly, the greater our capacity and resources to provide assistance to others in industries facing a protracted downturn or who may need to retrain for careers in other areas. The sooner we can provide advice on careers and skills, or support to avoid financial stress, deteriorating mental health or relationship...

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