In 2022, Latrobe City Council was one of five local government areas awarded funding for a new Victorian Government state-wide initiative to promote community connection, inclusion and support for mental health and wellbeing.
Latrobe City will establish the Social Inclusion Action Group (SIAG), a community-led initiative dedicated to improving social connection, mental health and wellbeing.
Latrobe City SIAG members will address the unique needs of Latrobe City’s community and make recommendations on funding local projects that enhance social inclusion and connection.
Members will be up to 15 Latrobe City residents of all demographics and backgrounds, who have lived experience of social exclusion or identify as one of the following groups:
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
- People who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, gender diverse, queer/questioning, intersex or asexual (LGBTQIA+). People with a disability
- People from culturally diverse communities
- Aged between 18-25 or over 65
- Single people or single parents
- People who have experienced hardship or adversity including addiction, mental ill-health, family violence, experience of or at risk of homelessness, or similar circumstances that have contributed to reduced social inclusion
- People who are passionate about social inclusion and mental health.
Deputy Mayor of Latrobe City Council and Central Ward Councillor, Tracie Lund affirmed that SIAG will help build a stronger and more connected community, where everyone’s needs are understood and addressed.
“The community is best placed to understand challenges and opportunities of social connection and inclusion at a local level. Having community members lead this Action Group will allow us to tap into diverse needs in Latrobe and determine what projects need funding.”
Mayor of Latrobe City Council, Councillor Darren Howe reflected that the initiative aligns with Council’s community focused organisational goals and encouraged community members to apply.
“SIAG actively supports the Council Plan and the Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan, through identifying community needs, and working towards a more connected and resilient Latrobe City.”
“If you identify with any of the groups listed above, I encourage you to complete the Expression of Interest form once it opens. This is a wonderful opportunity to make a positive impact on the individual lives and collective wellbeing of the entire community,” said the Mayor.
Expressions of interest for SIAG membership will open Monday 19 February and close Friday 15 March 2024. Members of the SIAG will be paid for their time and experience and will be offered skill building opportunities. Additional support to apply can be provided on request.
There are upcoming information sessions on Friday 1 March from 2-4pm at the Traralgon Library and Friday 8 March from 2-4pm at the Moe Library.
To express interest, learn more or register for information sessions, visit: www.latrobe.vic.gov.au/siag