On 3rd June, 52 senior representatives from government, non-profits, philanthropy and the Bourke community came together in Dubbo to consider the role they can play in creating the enabling conditions needed to achieve the goals of the Maranguka Justice Reinvestment Project: to reduce youth offending and incarceration, build alternate pathways and create a safer community.
The Hon. Brad Hazzard, Minister for Family and Community Services, appointed by the Premier of NSW as the Cross-Portfolio Government Champion for the Bourke project, convened the meeting of this Cross Sector Leadership Group. The Hon. Troy Grant, Deputy Premier and Minister for Justice and Police, and Minister Hazzard both spoke of the need for a new approach. The Hon. Bronnie Taylor, Chair of the NSW Legislative Council’s Standing Committee on Social Issues who last year undertook an Inquiry into ‘Service Coordination in Communities with High Social Needs’ also participated in the meeting.
The Cross Sector Leadership Group, who will meet every 6 months, have committed to working collaboratively and supporting their people working on the ground in Bourke who, through Working Groups are responsible for developing shared targets and strategies for change in their particular priority area.
In mid-August, the NSW Ombudsman and Just Reinvest NSW will co-facilitate an Executive meeting of this group to consider broader service sector reforms that are needed to deliver better outcomes for young people in Bourke.
Posted: 5 July 2016