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Oakley Driscoll
Department of Communities

Your Move Workshop

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On the 16th of August, three team members from the Fremantle 2020 Project team attended a workshop led by Your Move to help formulate part of the Fremantle 2020 Transport Strategy. The workshop was led by Jane Genovese, a brilliant and dynamic speaker that communicated different ways to increase the adoption of active travel options. Through delivering a highly engaging presentation, Jane highlighted the benefits associated with using sustainable transport options such as the health and wellness associated with riding a bike or the added time to read a book whilst on the train.

The presentation also offered an insight into the Your Move service. Through a group mind mapping activity, the attendees discussed ways to build momentum within an organisation and how to motivate each other to adopt these sustainable transport options.

In particular, when using the Your Move service, groups are encouraged to create a group profile and complete ‘activities’ that support the use of sustainable travel. These may include options such as public transport, bus services, car-pooling or bike riding. Points are awarded for each activity that is completed and employees can accrue points within a team. The activities are designed to get people thinking about transport, whether that be by hosting a breakfast that celebrates sustainable travel or holding a bike skills workshop.

Overall, the discussions were highly productive in informing the Fremantle 2020 Project Team of ways to make travel fun and engaging within the workplace. The key messages and ideas will be further explored by the team to develop a travel strategy that is well researched.

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In 2017, the Premier of Western Australia announced a series of Machinery of Government changes to the public sector commencing with the amalgamation of a number of government departments. These structural changes are aimed at creating collaborative departments focused on whole-of-government objectives and delivering services in a more efficient and effective way. The Department of Communities comprises several existing agencies and their components, including: Department for Child Protection and Family Support Department of Housing (including Housing Authority) Disability Services Commission The communities component of the Department of Local Government and Communities Regional Services Reform Unit The regional coordination and engagement component of the former Department of Aboriginal Affairs. In agreement with the new Department of Justice, components of Youth Justice Services will transfer to the new Department of Communities in the near future. Until this transition occurs, Youth Justice Services will continue to be part of the Department of Justice.

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