In response to the invitation to comment on the 1st Draft Heritage Survey for Greyton, herewith the Ward 2 Forum document.
LandCare Areawide Planning looks at the big picture and considers all of the factors that affect the resource issues.
Individuals and communities are encouraged to look beyond the fencerow and identify where the real sources and solutions to their problems and opportunities lie. LandCare Areawide Planning provides local people the process to assess their natural resource concerns and determine what conditions they desire and formulate alternatives to achieve their goals. Locally led conservation is a concept whereby local people lead the planning process based on locally identified needs.
Goals of the Landcare group:
The focus of the LandCare is address commonly issues in this area which will include pest plant and animal control, maintaining and improving soil health, farm planning, and salinity and erosion control.
LandCare will address local environmental issues with a view to conserving biodiversity on private and public land, commonly through the protection of remnant vegetation, re-vegetation, and protecting the habitat of threatened species.
Community education remains the highest goal of the LandCare initiative.
Education activities aim to raise awareness of local environmental issues and build the knowledge and skills of landholders.
Community well-being has emerged more recently as a goal of many LandCare groups and networks, especially those affected by drought, bushfire or flood. Groups and networks will contribute greatly to community well-being in many ways, particularly in the distribution of information and maintaining connectivity in affected communities.
See the full LandCare document HERE
Report Back # 2/2016
This is a follow-up on the last post regarding the concern that has been expressed regarding the perceived increase in crime in the area. It is clear from crime statistics released in Parliament yesterday that the Ward 2 area is not unique in this regard; crime is generally on the increase nationally. Whilst we understand the decline in the economic outlook, unemployment and general degeneration of the social structures of communities, many aspects of the challenge can be addressed immediately.
The Ward 2 Community Safety Partnership (Ward CSP, a Ward 2 Forum initiative) advertised a while ago for contributions re initiatives to target crime and got overwhelming participation. We were able to identify several aspects of the challenge that faces us as a community. In a bid to curb and at least reverse the crime trend, some remedial actions need to be taken as a matter of urgency. Many of these actions identified will increase vigilance and will serve as proactive deterrents in managing the current challenges.
It is further recognised that many of the proposed solutions will be longer-term projects that would ultimately focus on the root causes of the social dysfunctionality and criminal activity. However, initial initiatives will focus vigilance and crime prevention through immediate action.
As a result of and in line with the above, we have been able to negotiate with LRV Security to introduce Dog Patrols to identified areas initially. The service is expected to be implemented by the end of October 2016.
In the interim, staff will be trained and the required registration completed to comply with the stringent legislative requirements needed to implement the service.
Should you wish to find out more about this initiative or would like to participate in the project please contact us on the following:
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/groups/ward2forum/
The Ward 2 Forum Team
Herewith some additional information in respect of the original queries the Ward 2 Forum had on the Auditor General’s Report for 2014/15 TWK Municipality financials.