Darwin 'Reconnected' forum a success - Media Release

ANDREW LEIGH, SHADOW ASSISTANT TREASURER and SHADOW MINISTER FOR CHARITIES AND NOT-FOR-PROFITS

LUKE GOSLING OAM MP, MEMBER FOR SOLOMON

DARWIN RECONNECTED FORUM A SUCCESS

Today, we held a successful ‘Reconnected’ roundtable with Darwin charities and not-for-profits, exchanging ideas to boost social capital and community engagement.

Over the course of the last generation, we’ve seen some worrying trends. Australians are less likely to join community organisations or play organised sports. We’ve seen troubling drop offs in volunteering rates and donation rates in recent years.

These are the trends Labor is trying to reverse as we hear from charities and organisations about what they’re doing to foster community spirit and build social capital at a local level.

Today‘s was the sixth Reconnected Roundtable, following on from successful forums in Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Canberra and Melbourne.

The local groups who joined today‘s conversation included:

  • YMCA Of NT
  • Balunu Foundation
  • Parkrun NT
  • Alzheimer's Australia
  • Autism NT
  • NT General Practice
  • Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation
  • Katherine Regional Aboriginal Health Corporation
  • Regional Anangu Services Aboriginal Corporation
  • Family Planning NT
  • St Vincent de Paul 

A life spent with others is a better life. We thank the organisations who participated in today‘s vital conversation for their energy and ideas.

WEDNESDAY, 23 AUGUST 2017


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