Caring & Inclusive Community

In 2030 we will be a thriving community where diversity is embraced, everyone is valued and has the opportunity to contribute and belong.

Newcastle’s caring and inclusive community values all people and embraces diversity. As an inclusive community we recognise all people as valuable assets with an understanding that community cohesion owes much to the actions of individuals.   We recognise the importance of mental, physical and spiritual health to our overall wellbeing.

What We Want As a Community

The Newcastle 2030 Community Strategic Plan was developed following a significant shared planning process with direct input from a wide cross section of the community. It seeks to build on our strengths and unique assets, and describes our shared long term vision for a resilient city that is smart, liveable and sustainable.

To share your ideas on how we can work towards achieving a smart, liveable and sustainable Newcastle, email us at

Caring and Inclusive Community objectives

4.1  A welcoming community that cares and looks after each other.
4.2  Active and healthy communities with physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing.
4.3  A creative, culturally rich and vibrant community.

Caring and Inclusive Community projects

  • Playground replacement and improvements program
  • Social planning framework development
  • The Loft Special Projects Youth Arts Program
  • Aboriginal Employment Strategy implementation
  •  Library services promoting life long learning
  • Support Guraki Committee and activities.

These projects form part of the strategies that will be actioned through the Four-Year Delivery Program and One-Year Operational Plan. Find out more about  Delivering the Plan.

Making Progress

Community outcomes we want to see in our Caring and Inclusive Community include appropriate access to community-based services, lifelong learning opportunities and growth in community gardens and farmers markets. We want a city where people know their neighbours, volunteer their time and skills to help others, and actively participate in creating a healthy, more informed and culturally rich community.

The   State of the City Report (pdf) details seven community indicators to measure our progress towards a Caring and Inclusive Community and a smart, liveable and sustainable Newcastle.

Find our more about  Measuring our Progress.