Hayride

The generations have the capability and the duty to make our increasingly associated earth a more positive, stable, and balanced place of equality.   It is not a community goal for whether a street has a sign, or a town has a tourist attraction with an organisation's logo.   We first must make an effort, preferably, to bring people back to what is important within a distant rural community, which is having access to basic human needs, infrastructure, agricultural development, and necessities,  uniting, linking to towns and people, a feeling of being connected and appreciated, working together as a community, to restore people’s lives and make a difference to our youth’s future.  Then when that is all met, the non-necessities' can be a path to enjoyment, beauty and adventure” 

-RCSS

8 Degrees of Australiana Unity

8 Degrees of Australiana Unity

A large component of the RCSS strategy plan as an organisation  “charity and philanthropy” through providing social welfare services , is to implement and reach a goal by 2030

The RCSS prior to establishment had an aim to capture and implement strategies that the Australian Government adopted from the UN. That strategy is the UN’s global goals that are a set of 17 comprehensive global success measures for sustainable development that were adopted in 2015 by almost 200 world leaders after the biggest consultation in the organisation’s history which aim, by 2030, to bring an end to poverty, hunger and inequality and to address climate change.

It is fact that the sustainable development goals (SDGs) are relevant to almost every conceivable charitable cause, and the real value in exploring the links between social, environmental, and economic issues, are substantial, hence why the RCSS are embracing these goals.

For the RCSS, The first and foremost important goal is #11 “SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND COMMUNITIES, make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”. Coexisting, all the other goals.  Australia is on track to achieve these goals for the 2030 Agenda. However, the RCSS, acknowledges that living in a community with no public transport and connection to water, power, gas, telecommunications, employment, further education opportunities (due to distance), funding, harsh judgement, discrimination, and infrastructure, equally to our local regional governance small towns and city, the RCSS views that Australia is stagnating in some of those goals in rural communities.

This community holds honour and is proud to be sustainable and partially living a clean energy lifestyle. We endeavour to be a complete clean energy community, however, due to affordability and economic circumstances, generators are widely used, still relying on fossil fuels. Consequently, the RCSS views that a sustainable lifestyle in the community is on track and it is a choice not to have grid power, therefore, grid power may not be a priority to the majority, and this is not on our list of achieving that minor part of the #11 goal. However, making sure ALL the community is connected to clean energy power (to provide the basic needs) is important!

RCSS's main focus and planned strategy to meet the goals by 2030

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By 2030, build the resilience of the community and those in vulnerable situations and reduce their exposure and vulnerability to climate-related extreme events and other economic, social and environmental shocks and disasters due to locality and living standards.

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By 2030, Ensure access by the community, in particular people in vulnerable situations, to affordable nutritious and sufficient food all year round

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By 2030, Strengthen the prevention and treatment of gambling, substance abuse, including narcotic drug abuse and harmful use of alcohol

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By 2030, ensure equal access for the community to quality technical, vocational and tertiary education, including university due to locality

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By 2030, substantially increase water-use efficiency across all sectors and ensure sustainable withdrawals and supply of freshwater to address water scarcity, and substantially reduce the number of people suffering from water scarcity

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By 2020, substantially reduce the proportion of adults, especially youth not in employment, education or training

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By 2030 Develop quality, reliable, sustainable and resilient community infrastructure, to support economic development and human well-being, with a focus on affordable and equitable access for all

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By 2030, provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all, improving road safety, notably by expanding public transport, with special attention to the needs of those in vulnerable situations.  Support positive economic, social and environmental links between urban, peri-urban and rural areas by strengthening national and regional development planning

17 SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS

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