OCCCGA Position Paper – March 2005

WHO IS OCCCGA:-
Oxley Creek Common Community Groups Association is a coalition of six community groups:-
Northey Street City Farm Assoc. Inc.
Beelarong Community Farm Assoc. Inc.,
Oxley Creek Catchment Assoc. Inc.,
Walter Taylor South Action Group,
Brisbane Eco Village Group,
the Local Economic Think Tank,
as well as interested community individuals.

HOW & WHY OCCCGA CAME TO BE FORMED:-
OCCCGA was formed at a community run public meeting in August 2003 to:-
ensure community input and involvement in the planning and management of The Oxley Creek Common happened.
promote a whole of government approach to the environment, education, local economy and (city) farming issues.

WHAT OCCCGA HAS DONE:-
OCCCGA conducted two more public meetings over the past two years.  These meetings attracted interested community people with information about advancing community solutions and ideas.  A wide range of local individuals and interest groups, attending these meetings, reflected the concerns and interest of many people.

In February 2004, OCCCGA completed a submission, proposal and draft local economic plan/feasibility study to the Dept. of Public Works, Dept. of Natural Resources, and to The Brisbane City Council.  This document was developed to reflect the visions expressed at the OCCCGA public meetings as well as those expressed at two public meetings run by Dept. of Public Works in 2003.

WHAT ARE OCCCGA’s plans for the future:-
To contribute to planning and management of Oxley Creek Common that reflects a community vision for integrated approaches to this valuable community asset. OCCCGA has received a grant to help this process along.
To demonstrate triple bottom line integration (environment, economic and community) for a sustainable future for Oxley Creek Common. This vision will be achieved through integration of a philosophy of community with ongoing and self-supporting financial solutions.

EXPRESSED COMMUNITY VISIONS FOR THE FUTURE OF OXLEY CREEK COMMON INCLUDE:-
Biodiversity conservation integrated into farming that acknowledges the need for open spaces and wildlife habitat in cities.
A hub for community interaction and the exchange of ideas that promotes and facilitates innovation in business and local employment creation.
Infrastructure development on the Common that supports sustainable urban development and a community hub.
Partnerships of the public, private and community spheres to oversee a long term proactive administration.
A community supported city farm that demonstrates sustainable agriculture with organic production as the ultimate aim.
Education in sustainable land management for local schools, tertiary sector and other forms of life long learning.

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