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Focus Areas

What is a Focus Area? 

A focus area incorporates a group of initiatives and strategies which improve long term Rural & Regional Liveability.

They add value across the whole Great South Coast (GSC) region and align with a range of elements, principles, domains, and influences outlined in the framework.

Focus areas are inclusive of existing GSC initiatives, policies, plans, and strategies using existing resources.

Figure 1: How Focus Areas will Transform Rural & Regional Liveability

Transforming Liveability via Focus Areas 

To achieve long term change in Rural & Regional Liveability we need multiple strategies occurring across a range of settings, and at different levels from individual to community.

Potential Focus Areas

The focus areas that are ultimately chosen are still up for debate and development. Using the Rural and Regional Liveability Framework, we are searching for a particular area of focus that have the biggest potential to positively affect as many elements as possible and thus the lives of rural and regional populations. Some suggested focus area examples are listed below

Partner Defined Focus Areas For Consideration

In consultation with our partners and interested parties, the below list is a consolidation of a long list of potential suggested focus areas.

Embracing Aboriginal Culture & Language

Alcohol Cultures Change Minds and Lives

Building Inclusive Community Connections & Business

Environment, Recreation, and Culture – creating health & wealth

Digital Connectivity for All

Food & Water Security

Freedom from Violence

Gender Equity

Access to Sustainable Housing for All

Sustainable Resources, Energy, and Land use

Access to Health & Social Services for All

Rural Equity in Funding and Services

Growing Regional – population attraction & diversity

Mental Health- Talk about it

Better (Sustainable) Transport Connections

Employment and Education for young people

Community Defined Focus Areas 

Each Local Government organisation are undertaking community consultation processes to inform their communities about their 20 year vision, council and municipal public health and wellbeing plans. The key themes from these community consultations, when publicly available, will be compiled to define aligned key themes across the Great South Coast Region.


In addition, a range of community consultations have been carried out by other partner agencies who are seeking the views of key target groups, such as young people as just one example. With partner agency support, key themes from these reports will be extracted to inform community defined focus areas.

Ultimately, we can only choose a small number to focus on but there is still an opportunity for you or your oganisation to contribute.

Is there an area that has been overlooked?

Do you have an idea to combine one or two suggestions into a larger block for more impact?

What is your choice for the list?

Contact admin@swpcp.com.au with Rural and Regional Liveability Focus Areas in the subject line and your feedback or use the form below