A well-connected society provides opportunities for positive experiences and enables access to community resources.
A key way to support this is to provide safe, shared places and spaces where social and cultural life can flourish.
The rise of online communities is an important way for people to connect with each other and participate in issues important to them, but physical spaces for human contact remain important.
When people connect and interact they learn about other cultures, practices, languages and abilities. This leads to more trust and greater respect for differences.