NEWTOWNABBEY Council launched its new Good Relations Strategy for 2012-2016 on Friday.
Focusing on the development of positive community and race relations within the Borough, the strategy aims to promote the theme of ‘living well together’.
Following extensive consultation with local communities, businesses, local councillors and statutory and voluntary groups, local needs and issues were identified, providing the basis for the strategy.
A spokesperson for the Council said: “Contested spaces, sectarianism, prejudice and dealing with local territory markings are the main focus of the strategy which the Council will build upon through its positive programmes which celebrate diversity, cultural identity, promotion of shared spaces and developing positive leadership for a shared society.
“Forming good relations are crucial in order to ensure Newtownabbey remains an attractive place to live, work, socialise and play; factors which are key to the continued economic and social success of the Borough.”
The Mayor of Newtownabbey, Alderman Victor Robinson welcomed the strategy, saying: “Newtownabbey continues to be a vibrant and growing area to live, work and visit and the new Good Relations Strategy demonstrates the Council’s continued commitment to supporting and developing local communities, whilst providing a mechanism to promote the Borough as a shared society where all residents ‘live well together’ and visitors feel welcome”.