Stories of Welcome – Volume 1

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Strategies and case studies for building a Welcoming City

Stories of Welcome is a collection of nine case studies, from some of Welcoming Cities’ member councils, showcasing a small sample of the great work that is happening in communities across Australia.

Our members recognise the value of diversity to the social, economic and cultural vibrancy of a city. They also acknowledge the vital role of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in welcoming activities and councils continue to advance reconciliation through various projects, policy and initiatives.

Knowledge sharing is a key pillar of the Welcoming Cities network. These case studies assist our continued learning, and may spark ideas for work that could be applied by other councils.

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Another key pillar is standard and accreditation. We’ve noted how each case study might align to an indicator of the Welcoming Cities Standard, not to be prescriptive, rather to highlight how distinct and innovative councils can be in creating communities for all.

Social cohesion is one of the most significant indicators of community resilience. The higher the level of social cohesion, the greater the capacity of a community to manage, respond, and move forward from challenges, crises and disasters. Social cohesion is fundamental to a community’s ability to navigate complex issues.

Whether an action from a council plan, a community project, or a specific response to a local challenge – the common thread is a commitment
to embracing and celebrating diversity and strengthening the way we live together.