Protection of Natural Assets is Key

by Alex Greaney
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The DLR Public Participation Network are launching their Vision Statement for Community Wellbeing this week including key findings and themes communicated by their members. 

The report, mandated by the Department of Rural and Community Development, identifies core issues that member groups and the wider DLR community consider important for their community to be “The best that it can be for this and future generations”. 

Key Findings: 

Taking care of natural assets – parks, coast, heritage, etc. in the county – from both an environmental and asset preservation perspective 

Community places and resources 

Transparency in local government – with good communication and engagement 

Inclusion – Age, youth, and disability inclusion coming out strongest 

Encouraging Volunteerism – especially youth volunteerism 

DLR Public Participation Network is part of the national PPN network around Ireland, which recently held its annual Conference in Portlaoise. The Public Participation Network is funded by the Department of Community and Rural Affairs, supported by City and County Councils around Ireland. The figures are impressive. With 18,121 member groups nation-wide, PPN represents 1,673,835 people in the community in Ireland, with member Reps on hundreds of county committees around the country. 

As part of this growth, the Department has spearheaded and encouraged PPNs around Ireland to engage with citizens and their members in each county to look at Community Wellbeing, and how we can plan for better community living and engagement nationwide. Despite Covid restrictions driving research online, DLR PPN worked hard in 2021 and into 2022 to look at this statement. 

With 531 Member groups in Dún Laoghaire Rathdown PPN, and 32 Reps on County Committes, this Community Wellbeing Statement is representative of the feelings and aspirations of citizens of the county. 

The findings, which were responded to under 6 headings, all have common threads. 

Health, Physical and Mental 

Social and Community Development 

Participation Democracy and Governance 

Values, Culture, and meaning 

Economy & Resources 

Environment and Sustainability 

These findings, representative of everyone in Dún Laoghaire Rathdown, will come as no surprise to most citizens. These issues and the search for Community Wellbeing has been expedited by community issues around Covid, and how the community responded, both individually and as groups, to coping with Covid and its continued aftermath.

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