Equality & Equity
I was talking with a resident today about Equity and how that relates to council given we now have 3 distinct areas.
I see it as having 3 different children or 3 different mates, at Christmas time, you wouldn’t buy them all the same gift, you’d buy them something individual for them.
Same with council, equity doesn’t mean equality, it means communities get what they need.
It also goes all the way through to planning for communities and the need for open and transparent practices in council.
Cynthia Silva Parker was quoted by Sustainable Cities Network in an article: Infusing Equity into the Urban Planning Process.
What is equity? In the simplest terms, it means fairness, which is not necessarily the same thing as equality.
It’s not about everybody getting the same thing,” Parker said. “It’s about everybody getting what they need in order to improve the quality of their situation.”
One difficulty in including equity goals in planning is that the people who need them most can be hard to involve. Traditionally, planners involve stakeholders by inviting them to public meetings and asking them to read and comment on plans. This can be a time-consuming process, and people who work multiple jobs and lack transportation and child-care options are unlikely to show up at the library for a three-hour meeting.
So even though it may be difficult, even though it may be a time issue. Consultation is always so important, so that a community can come together and equity can occur.
Council needs to be open and transparent, they need to have the trust of people in the community and you don’t get that if you don’t ask and listen to your community.
Bring transparency back.
Bring back community consultation,
bring back the voice of Caboolture into Council.