Go Goldfields uses a collective impact approach bringing community members from Central Goldfields Shire together with leaders from services and government agencies to address complex social issues and improve outcomes for our children, youth and families.
In 2010 a group of service leaders, having worked for many years trying to improve outcomes for local children, young people and families in Central Goldfields Shire, met to discuss how they might do things differently. At that time the shire was the most disadvantaged in the state and the same old ways of thinking and doing were clearly not working. Inspired by a deep commitment to make a real difference in the lives of our community, they formed the Go Goldfields Alliance to find a new way of working together.
In 2014 the Go Goldfields Alliance adopted collective impact as a collaborative approach to drive large-scale social change in the Central Goldfields community, with Central Goldfields Shire agreeing to the significant role of backbone organisation. Since then community members have been coming together with leaders from services and government agencies to address local, complex social issues that have previously proven difficult to fix.
Our collective impact journey is one of learning and striving. Bringing authentic community voice and influence to the table is critical to the success of our work. This means building relationships based upon trust and tapping into grassroots community networks in ways that benefit the community. Having the service leaders and government decision makers at the table – who are in the position to challenge and change existing systems – is also critical so that new thinking and doing can be embedded where it can do the most good.
Since its inception, Go Goldfields has been able to attract significant external funding for its collective impact work including the support of Regional Development Victoria as well as catalytic philanthropists the ten20 Foundation, Opportunity Child and the Sabemo Trust, who wish to work with innovative communities ready to disrupt and challenge existing thinking and systems to bring about long-term positive change.
We welcome and thank the many community members, service leaders, government decision makers and funders that have, and continue to, contribute to our community aspiring, achieving and living a full life.
Since 2017 the Collaborative Table has held the vision and accountability for our work together, and is responsible for defining the overall planning and strategy to meet our community’s desired outcomes. The Action Groups are responsible for acting on our plans. Expert Reference Groups inform our planning and work though their specialist insights and expertise. Our backbone organisation, Central Goldfields Shire Council holds the vision, and seeks and manages resources, while also facilitating community engagement and behind-the-scenes work. It keeps the collaborative process moving along, even as participants and community expectations change.
Central Goldfields Shire Council is very pleased to act as the backbone organisation for Go Goldfields and in fact believes it is vital that it does so.
Council’s approach to addressing disadvantage is based around three strongly interrelated platforms – community infrastructure, employment and economic activity and social change which is being tackled through Go Goldfields.
The coordination that a Backbone organisation brings to these pursuits provides real synergy and Council continues to be inspired by the Go Goldfields work and the outcomes.