Social planning and demographics
Planning for Cardinia Shire's future
The objective of social planning is to enhance community wellbeing, health and quality of life.
By tracking the changing needs of the local community through social research and the analysis of statistics and demographic trends, we can better approach land-use planning and strategy development.
It is our role to:
- identify key infrastructure requirements and service gaps
- develop policy and strategy responses to social and community issues
- track policy trends and developments within other levels of government
- prepare submissions for government enquiries.
A number of strategies have been developed to support Cardinia Shire's rapid growth.
Addressing future housing needs
As our shire continues to grow rapidly over the next 20 years the local population and number of houses is expected to more than double by 2031.
Our Social and Affordable Housing Strategy and Action Plan aims to ensure our shire includes diverse, high quality, sustainable and affordable housing that is responsive to the needs of a growing and diverse community.
Our Responsible Gaming policy guides decision making and response to applications made by venue operators to the Victorian Commission for Gambling Regulation for electronic gaming machines in the region.
Addressing family violence
Our shire has one of the highest reported incidents of family violence in Victoria. In 2014–15, local police attended around 25 incidents a week.
Preventing family violence is a priority for us.
Addressing health and wellbeing
In partnership with key agencies. Council has identifies seven priority areas have the greatest impact on the overall health and wellbeing of our community. These are outlined in Council's Liveability Plan 2017-2029
We have developed factsheets to understand how these issues impact our community and assist with planning and advocacy.
- Mental health and wellbeing
- Family violence
- Tobacco, alcohol, drugs and gambling
- Financial vulnerability
- Social cohesion