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Community-led development scheme achieves key milestone

Published: Mon 6 Aug 2012 12:00 PM
Hon Jo Goodhew
Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector
6 August 2012 Media Statement
Community-led development scheme achieves key milestone
The five communities in the community-led development scheme are now ready to start implementing their community plans, Community and Voluntary Sector Minister Jo Goodhew announced today.
“The initial stages of the scheme involved each community deciding to take part, establishing a leadership group and agreeing on a community plan,” said Mrs Goodhew.
“All five communities have now signed funding agreements with the Department of Internal Affairs which means they can begin work on their local projects. This marks a significant milestone for the scheme.”
Mrs Goodhew today visited Mangakino and met with the community leadership group and members of the local community to discuss their experiences of the scheme and the vision set out in their community plan.
“It is very inspiring to see these communities taking on the challenges and opportunities of a new approach to community funding,” she said.
“This is a change in the way we work with communities. This Government wants to support communities to identify their own priorities and develop their own solutions.
“Under the community-led development scheme the people of these communities are able to participate fully. The scheme is not just a way of providing Government support for community projects – it is also about building leadership skills and community independence.”
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