The Community 2168 Project was founded in 1999 and is a major renewal and capacity building partnership located in Miller, Liverpool. This project receives support from the NSW State Government, human service agencies, local government and the local community.
Following extensive evaluation, consultation and data analysis, the Community 2168 Strategic Plan is guiding what the project will do and how we will do it. In recognition of past challenges and opportunities and what community and project partners have expressed to us, the project focuses on the following seven areas:
- Community building, engagement, participation and communication;
- Community pride and harmony;
- Urban renewal;
- Employment and skills development;
- Education and training;Community safety;
- Health and well-being.
The 2168 Management Committee oversees the implementation of the 2168 Strategic Plan and provides the future direction for the project.
To find out more please see the 2168 Management Committee Fact Sheet.
The 2168 Management Committee would like to hear from residents about important community issues and matters of concern. To inform the Management Committee of important community issues, complete the Community Issues Form.
Send your form to: Galavizh Ahmadinia, Community 2168 Management Committee.
As part of the Community 2168 Project, partnerships are established to bring together residents, business, government and community organisations together to improve and build on services, facilities and opportunities for the local community and meet the objectives outlined in the Community 2168 Strategic Plan.
Current key initiatives the Community 2168 Project is undertaking include:
- Provide support to community groups to achieve outcomes through capacity building, access to funding, training and social enterprises;
- Oversee the implementation of the 2168 Strong Children & Communities Project including the establishment of a Children's Parliament;
- The implementation of an Acknowledgement of Aboriginal Country Project including oral history and signage on government buildings and open spaces in consultation with the local Aboriginal community;
- Coordinate planning and delivery of diverse range of employment and training pathway programs locally including undertaking strategies to create apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities;
- Support community cultural programs such as NAIDOC Week and Harmony Day;
- Support discussions with key stakeholders including Federal and State Governments and Liverpool City Council on Miller Town Centre Redevelopment;
- Report and advocate to relevant agencies the maintenance needs of amenities and public spaces such as footpaths, playgrounds and recreational facilities;
- Address prevention and perceptions of crime and safety through increased safety audits and public awareness initiatives;
- Continue rapid removal of graffiti strategy across the 2168 area;
- Explore opportunities for improvement in integrating the experience of primary and acute care for 2168 residents;
- Maintain and improve information sharing.
Galavizh Ahmadinia, Senior Project Officer, Community 2168.
The launch of the Children’s Parliament was held on 28 February 2017 at the Liverpool Council Chambers and was attended by elected members of the Children's Parliament representing 10 primary schools in the 2168 community. Over 1,230 primary school children in years three to five were engaged in a series of consultation sessions, including the What Matters? workshops co-facilitated with the Whitlam Institute at the Western Sydney University Parramatta campus.
The Children’s Parliament is multi-stakeholder capacity building project that links active civic participation to emotional and physical well-being. The program aims to give children the tools and opportunity to make meaningful contributions to policy and planning, by giving a platform for the school children to debate local, national and global issues that are important to them within the political landscape of Liverpool. The parliament will be guided and supported by a panel of ambassadors made up of people in positions of influence that will play a crucial role in championing children’s voices and act as advocates for their rights. These ambassadors are:
Elected Local, State and Federal government members;
Academics and policy makers;
Director of NSW Education Liverpool Network;National Children’s Commissioner;
Member of Liverpool Youth Council.
The Children's Parliament is delivered by Liverpool City Council under the 2168 Communities for Children program, a Commonwealth Government early intervention and prevention initiative. Funding and support for the Program is facilitated by Mission Australia‘s Miller Pathways.
Shaieste Heidari, Strong Children and Communities Project Officer, for more information.
The Community 2168 District Forums is a group for local residents who live in the 2168 postcode area who are interested in making their community a better place. The 2168 postcode area includes the suburbs Ashcroft, Busby, Cartwright, Green Valley, Heckenberg, Hinchinbrook, Miller and Sadleir.
The aims are:
- Planning for the local community and residents;
- Letting government agencies know about the needs of residents;
- Discussing ideas about new opportunities and developments for the 2168 area;
- Acting on the needs and issues faced by local residents;
- Plan and deliver the annual 2168 Health and Family Day event;
- Meetings are open to all residents and organisations that live in or have an interest in the 2168 area.
Time: 9.30 am - 11.00 am
Dates: 12th March, 18th June, 10th September, 11th December.
Where: The HUB Community Health Centre, 16 Woodward Crescent, Miller.
Colleen Boller, Chairperson Tel: 02 9826 0162
Paola Jamett-Cary, Acting Senior Project Officer Tel: 02 9821 7785.
The Miller Community Centre accommodates employment and education programs and community outreach services. The aim of this project is in line with the overall aims of the Community 2168 Project: to bring residents, government, businesses and community organisations together to improve and build on services, facilities and opportunities and work toward building a supportive environment for well-being in the 2168 area. The centre is now established as a hub to facilitate interagency and community collaboration, including outreach services, with approximately 12,000 people accessing the centre since it first opened in January 2015.
The partner organisations recognise that there are significant benefits to be gained through a collaborative approach to addressing socio-economic disadvantage in the 2168 postcode area. The project will bring agencies together to deliver coordinated programs and services targeting employment, education, participation and health needs.
The project is an initiative of the Community 2168 Project in partnership with:
MTC Australia;Centre for Health Equity, Training Research and Evaluation (CHETRE);
SWSI TAFE – Miller College.
The Centre is also ideal for agencies delivering training programs, forums and group activities from Miller.
Tel: 1300 36 2170
The Community 2168 Project facilitates community participation and engagement and supports local collaboration to deliver community engagement events including:
- Children's Week
- Mental Health Week
- Families Week
- Harmony Day
- International Day of People with Disability
- White Ribbon Day
- Youth Week
The Community 2168 Project establishes short term, time limited working parties to deliver projects and events. These working parties are set up following a call out for expressions of interest from local residents and organisations.
The 2168 Community Markets and are held every second Saturday of the month:
- Time: 9am - 2pm;
- Venue: Miller Central - 90 Cartwright Avenue, Miller;
- Stall Fees: $10.
Paola Jamett-Cary, Acting Senior Project Officer Tel: 02 9821 7785.
The Community 2168 eGroup was established to facilitate communication among local community workers or groups who have an interest or work in the 2168 postcode. The 2168 postcode area includes the suburbs of Ashcroft, Busby, Cartwright, Green Valley, Heckenberg, Hinchinbrook, Miller and Sadleir.
The eGroup is an email based network which workers can join in order to send and receive information about activities, services, projects and much more.
If you are interested in joining the e-group, please email Galavizh Ahmadinia. Senior Project Officer, Community 2168.
The success of the Community 2168 Project has been recognised through several prestigious awards:
- 2009 Premier’s Public Sector Awards: Engaging with Community;
- 2012 and 2014 Zest Award Nominee: Exceptional Partnership in a Local Government Area;
- 2015 University of New South Wales Research Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity Collaboration and Engagement.