About This Tool
The Growth Areas Social Planning Tool was developed in response to issues experienced by residents of new communities across Melbourne related to inadequate and uncoordinated social planning . Poor social planning impacts on the liveability of places and therefore the well-being of individuals, families and communities.
Issues related to poor social planning include:
- isolation from social support networks and loneliness
- physical and mental health problems
- family dysfunction and violence
- a lack of social cohesion and disengaged young people
- financial stress
- long commutes for work leading to difficulties in balancing work and caring responsibilities and dormitory suburbs.
Research shows many of these issues relate to planning gaps and lack of coordination where:
- planning for new developments is focused on land-use outcomes, without being informed by the needs of a specific community
- there is no coordination of the planning of all stakeholders
- infrastructure funding time-frames do not match the land-use planning process
- demand outpaces supply resulting in a huge backlog of services and infrastructure (education, community, recreation, support services, public transport, roads)
- early residents are left unsupported by services/infrastructure
- community members are not involved in planning for their communities.
This Tool clarifies the social planning process. It allows stakeholders and residents of new communities to work together to ensure support services and infrastructure are delivered early, and community connection is fostered to build community resilience.