An inclusive, healthy and vibrant city
Together We Care
An inclusive, healthy and vibrant city is concerned with the well-being of all residents.
It plans for and meets diverse needs, providing people with access to the basic resources required to live. Diversity enriches the city and makes it more exciting and vibrant. The fair distribution of resources fosters a stable and healthy community. Better health for all is promoted through local health services and in the way the city is designed. Sustainable food initiatives, including access to fresh local produce, are supported. Community expression, creativity and cultural development are encouraged. Learning is understood to be a life-long enriching process.
Values, Aspirations and Aims
We value our strong, connected communities that support people throughout their lives, from childhood to old age. Blue Mountains people have fair and equitable access to essential services and facilities.
We have safe, healthy environments in which people of all ages, abilities and socio-economic backgrounds can live, work and play. Our young people have hope for the future and opportunities to live and work in the Blue Mountains.
Building on our rich cultural heritage and inspirational natural environment, we are an exciting centre of learning, culture and creativity.
By 2025, we have become a more inclusive, healthy and vibrant City.
Objective 4.1 Community health and well-being is maintained and improved
Objective 4.2 Blue Mountains communities are safe, caring and inclusive
Objective 4.3 The City is recognised as a centre of culture, creativity and life-long learning
Objective 4.4 The population has a healthy balance of people of different ages and life stages
Challenges and Opportunities
- Providing the required level of services across 27 dispersed towns and villages;
- The ageing of the Blue Mountains population which:
- Places increased pressure on community services;
- Highlights the importance of older people, and all age groups, maintaining active healthy lifestyles; and
- Increases the need for the planning of services, facilities, housing and public space to address the requirements of older people.
- Addressing the significant differences in well-being and health between Upper Blue Mountains and Lower Blue Mountains;
- Insufficient affordable housing in the Blue Mountains to meet the needs of low income residents;
- The NSW Department of Family and Community Services is partnering with the private sector and the not-for-profit sector to develop new social housing models that may benefit the Blue Mountains;
- Reforms, changes and cut-backs to welfare and community services programs by the NSW and Australian Governments are impacting Blue Mountains residents and the community services sector;
- Addressing the needs of people with a disability and their carers in the Blue Mountains;
- Optimising the potential benefits for Blue Mountains people with a disability from the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS); and
- Becoming a City and community that is more resilient and prepared for bushfires and other natural disasters.