The Search – Burnie Wins
Member for Franklin, The Hon. Jacquie Petrusma
18 March, 2015

Mrs PETRUSMA (Franklin – Minister for Human Services) – Madam Speaker, I rise to inform the House that the community of Burnie will reap the benefits of a resource pool of up to $1 million after it being announced as The Search finalist. The Search, an initiative of the Centre for Social Impact is aimed at encouraging communities to tackle entrenched social challenges. It was concluded in Sydney today where Burnie was announced as the winner. Described as the first of its kind in Australia, the Search is an initiative to develop the capacity of communities in the early stages of implementing the collective impact framework.

Burnie was selected from a group of 11 different communities from across Australia and was shortlisted by an eminent panel of judges. In the words of the judges, Burnie was found to be ‘a nose ahead’ particularly in regards to the way they have engaged with residents and people with lived experience, all part of the change process.

The Burnie initiative, called Burnie Works, is applying the collective impact framework to tackle ‘worklessness’ caused by entrenched social disadvantage and poor educational attainment. Leaders from industry, government and community have come together to focus on improving the engagement of all young people in education and their transition to employment. During today’s announcement The Search said that Burnie has undergone an irreversible shift in the way that they think about and lead social change in their community.

Out of 11 communities short-listed from all around Australia, I was very pleased and delighted that we had three Tasmanian communities in the running. My congratulations go to everyone involved in the Burnie Works initiative. I also acknowledge the hard work, community spirit and commitment to long-term change that the other two Tasmanian communities, Clarendon Vale and Launceston, have also embarked on.

The Tasmanian Liberal Government is a strong believer in working together with local government, the community sector, businesses and the local community to assist vulnerable Tasmanians. This competition embodied that approach with its emphasis on developing collective impact frameworks. The significant investment in Burnie Works of $1 million will help to deliver important changes in the Burnie community. Most importantly, it will result in improved outcomes for vulnerable Tasmanians.