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Community Participation and Leadership

Community participation is important as it plays a key role in fostering social interactions, skill development, improving mental health, building social networks and contributing to economic activity in the region. There are many ways in which residents of the City of Onkaparinga participate within the community; some of these include community programs, sporting clubs and activities, volunteering or through participation in a leadership role. Aspirational and confident leaders have a strong presence within the community and initiate opportunities for others, therefore, there it is important to foster local leadership and promote local governance skills to increase the resilience of community organisations.
 

Indicators: Number of people reporting participation in a community group or sporting club
Number of volunteers (aged 15 and over)
Number of people reporting participation in a leadership role
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Data sources: City of Onkaparinga, Community Wellbeing Monitor Survey 2013
Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2006 and 2011 Census of Population and Housing
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Strategies / Plans: Healthy, Active Lifestyle Strategy 2014-19
Sport and Active Recreation Strategic Management Plan 2014-19
Cycling and Trails Strategic Management Plan (under development)
Community Capacity and Culture Strategy
Community Development, Leadership and Learning Strategic Management Plan
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Community Plan 2035: Objective 2.1  Healthy, active lifestyles
Objective 2.2 Dynamic and safe communities
Objective 2.5 Community leadership
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Community Participation

This indicator has not been updated due to the omission of this question from the 2016 Community Wellbeing Monitor Survey resulting from the review of the Community Wellbeing Monitor in 2014. However, considering the importance of this data in relation to the development of City of Onkaparinga Strategies and Strategic Management Plans this question will be reintroduced in future Community Wellbeing Monitor surveys. This data therefore was sourced from the 2013 Community Wellbeing Monitor, whereby participants were asked as part of the 2013 Community Wellbeing Monitor Survey whether they had participated in a community group or sporting club over the last 12 months (18).

Data Analysis

In 2013, 30.5 per cent of City of Onkaparinga respondents had participated in a community group and 21.5 per cent had participated in a sporting club (Figure 1). 

 

Figure 1: Proportion of respondents participating in a community group or sporting club, City of Onkaparinga, 2009-2011 and 2013

CWM Proportion of respondents participating in a community group or sporting club, City of Onkaparinga, 2009-2011 and 2013
Source: City of Onkaparinga, Community Wellbeing Monitor 2013 (18)

 

Trend Analysis

CWM community participation trend analysis

Both the proportion of respondents who had participated in a community group and a sporting club had decreased from 2009 to 2013. Participation had declined by 9.1 per cent for community groups and by 27.9 per cent for sporting clubs (Figure 1).

Policy Implications

As demonstrated in the Open Space indicator there has been an increase over the last seven years in unstructured recreational activity, particularly associated with a marked increase in individual exercise, which may be having an impact on the decline in group community or sporting participation.

The City of Onkaparinga’s Sport and Active Recreation Strategic Management Plan 2014-19 will continue to address resident participation in community groups and sporting clubs through their aims to provide opportunities through programs, events and services, enhancing services to support sport and recreation clubs, planning for and development of sports grounds and sporting facility infrastructure and the provision of active recreation infrastructure including BMX facilities, basketball keys, tennis courts, beach and foreshore areas and indoor sport and recreation centres. The City of Onkaparinga will also continue to improve trail networks and linkages throughout the region through the implementation of the Cycling and Trails Strategic Management Plan (under development).

The City of Onkaparinga will continue to advocate for further funding support from state government, particularly from the Office for Sport and Recreation which provides funding to support the development of better planned and more sustainable sport and recreational facilities and to ensure their partners are sustainable and capable of delivering results. This is outlined in the Office for Recreation and Sport Strategic Plan 2013-15.

Number of volunteers (aged 15 and over)

The data for proportion of volunteers aged 15 years and over was sourced from ABS Census data (16; 17), hence, this indicator has not been updated since the completion of the previous Monitor (18).

Data Analysis

In 2011 there was a total of 17.8 per cent of City of Onkaparinga residents aged 15 and over who were volunteers (Figure 2). While the proportion of volunteers in the City of Onkaparinga was the same as the proportion of volunteers Australia-wide (17.8 per cent), the proportion of volunteers aged 15 and over for South Australia was two per cent higher at 19.8 per cent (Figure 2).

 

Figure 2: Proportion of volunteers aged 15 and over, City of Onkaparinga, South Australia and Australia, 2006 and 2011

CWM Proportion of volunteers aged 15 and over, City of Onkaparinga, South Australia and Australia, 2006 and 2011
Source: City of Onkaparinga, Community Wellbeing Monitor 2013 (18)

 

Trend Analysis

CWM number of volunteers trend analysis

The proportion of volunteers aged 15 and over slightly decreased from 2006 to 2011 for the City of Onkaparinga, South Australia and Australia, by 5.3 per cent, 3 per cent and 0.6 per cent respectively (Figure 2).

Policy Implications

The City of Onkaparinga will continue to advocate to influence the state direction for volunteering through participation on the Minister’s Advisory Group on Volunteering, the steering group for the SA Volunteer Strategy and through various other networks at both the state and local government level. Moreover, as outlined in Community Plan Objective 2.2 Dynamic and safe Communities, the City of Onkaparinga will continue to encourage short and long term volunteer opportunities, through both direct and indirect provision through the implementation of the Volunteer Development Program. At the state level, the issues relating to demographic change and alternative volunteering opportunities are addressed through the Volunteer Strategy for South Australia, which will ultimately influence the direction of Volunteer SA and Southern Volunteering.

Community leadership

This indicator has not been updated due to the omission of this question from the 2016 Community Wellbeing Monitor Survey resulting from the review of the Community Wellbeing Monitor in 2014. However, considering the importance of this data in relation to the development of City of Onkaparinga Strategies and Strategic Management Plans this question will be reintroduced in future Community Wellbeing Monitor surveys. This data therefore was sourced from the 2013 Community Wellbeing Monitor, whereby participants were asked as part of the 2013 Community Wellbeing Monitor Survey whether they had participated in any professional leadership courses or programs, or whether they had a coaching or mentoring role (both informal or formal) over the last 12 months (18). This question was only included in the Community Wellbeing Monitor Survey for the first time in 2013, therefore trend analysis for this indicator is not yet available.

Data analysis

In 2013 only a very small percentage of respondents indicated that they had either participated in a professional leadership program or had a coaching or mentoring role within the community (Table 1).

Table 1: Proportion of respondents participating in a leadership role, City of Onkaparinga, 2013

Responses Professional Leadership program
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Coaching or mentoring role
(%)
Yes 4.2 10.9
No 82.3 39.5
No response 13.5 49.5


Source: City of Onkaparinga, Community Wellbeing Monitor 2013 (18)

 

Trend Analysis

With only one year of data available, trend analysis were not possible.

Policy Implications

While no trend comparison data is currently available, considering the low proportion of residents in leadership roles and coaching or mentoring roles as measured in 2013, the City of Onkaparinga will need to ensure it continues to play a number of roles to contribute to increasing the proportion of residents involved in community leadership roles. As outlined in Community Plan Objective 2.5 Community Leadership, the City of Onkaparinga will continue to encourage community participation through the implementation and support of leadership programs, including the City of Onkaparinga’s own developmental program ‘Leadership Onkaparinga’ which is a program for residents that aims to develop leadership and local governance skills.

In addition, both the draft Community Capacity and Cultural Development Strategy and the draft Community Development Leadership and Learning Strategic Management Plan will outline further aims and actions that will contribute to increasing participation in community leadership roles and coaching/mentoring roles.

 

 

This indicator is linked to other strategies, plans and targets outlined below:

Government of South Australia South Australia’s Strategic Plan Targets: 23. Social participation: increase the proportion of South Australians participating in social, community and economic activities by 2014.
24. Volunteering: Maintain a high level of formal and informal volunteering in South Australia at 70% participation rate or higher.
83. Sport and recreation: increase the proportion of South Australians participating in sport or physical recreation at least once per week to 50% by 2020.
  
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Other State Strategies • AOffice for Recreation and Sport Strategic Plan 2013-15
• Department for Communities and Social Inclusion Strategic Plan 2014-18
• Volunteering Strategy for South Australia 2014-20
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National Strategies: • National Sport and Active Recreation Policy Framework
• National Volunteering Strategy 2011-21
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