Australian Compassionate Cities

“A compassionate city is an uncomfortable city. A city that is uncomfortable when anyone is homeless or hungry. Uncomfortable if every child isn’t loved and given rich opportunities to grow and thrive. Uncomfortable when as a community we don’t treat our neighbours as we would wish to be treated.”

— Karen Armstrong, Founder of the global movement, The Charter for Compassion

Compassionate cities make a commitment to identifying the issues that are troubling the community and need to be addressed through compassionate action. Look through the Charter for Compassion Community Tool Box and Compassion Readers for ideas on how to make your local neighbourhood, community or city a more compassionate one.

Compassionate Gold Coast

City of Gold Coast formally became a Compassionate City on 21 September, 2017.

Compassionate Gold Coast will focus on:

  1. Sharing stories of compassion.
  2. Facilitating multi-sectorial gatherings to discuss key issues the community faces.
  3. Brokering creative partnerships and innovative, resourcing solutions to respond to those issues.

Other Compassionate Gold Coast achievements

  • Councillor Glenn Tozer is designated a Compassion Ambassador
  • Queensland Premier Department “We Are Queensland – Smart Grants Program” for a Higher Education Project to build a more socially cohesive community.

Mayor Tom Tate launches Compassionate Gold Coast with Terry Ayling, Lynne Reeder and members of the City of Gold Coast council.

Miami State High School hold a Compassion Short Film Festival.

School students voice their support for the City of Gold Coast to join the Charter for Compassion and make the Gold Coast a more compassionate place to live.


                     Founding Compassionate Gold Coast Council