Community Engagement in Regional Communities

Community engagement can be difficult. Whether it is  information sharing, consultation or active participation in the decision making processes. Whether it is formal or informal community enagement. The aim is to improve the quality of decisions and for communities to understand the processes. For regional communities the geographic spread is a compounding factor in making community engagement difficult.

An understanding of community engagement principles and practices are essential for planning, approving or implementing community engagement activities or programs. Online tools and social media can help facilitate the community enagement process.

Community Engagement

Community Engagement

The Queensland government’s “Get involved community capacity building toolkit” was developed by the Queensland Department of Communities in response to conversations with people in rural and regional communities through the Blueprint for the Bush. It also has links with the Strengthening NGOs project, particularly the Community Door website — a ‘one-stop shop’ for information, tools and resources to support community-based organisations in Queensland.

What are the unique issues for community engagement in regional Australia?  

community engagement

Community Engagement with regional communities will be discussed at an Australian Regional Development Conference. We would like to hear from a wide range of organisations including local, state and federal government representatives, regional bodies, private organisations, NGOs and other organisations across Australia on best practice in community engagement and consultations.

Australian Regional Development Conference will be held in Albury NSW on the 15 – 16 October 2014. The conference will focus on the broad issues of economic, planning, environment and community development.

Call for papers – Community Engagement

Authors or organisations interested in submitting a paper or presenting a workshop are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 300 words outlining the aims, contents and conclusions of their paper or presentation; or about their intended role in a workshop.

Australian Regional Development Conference

RDA Conference15-16 October 2014, The Commercial Club Albury Secretariat: (T) 61 7 5502 2068 (F) 07 5527 3298 Email: secretariat@regionaldevelopment.org.au URL: www.regionaldevelopment.org.au

 

Community Economic Development: small town revitalisation

Community Economic Development in rural Australia is vital for revitalising small towns. What are the key factors in revitalising rural and small town communities?

Community Engagement
Community Engagement

 

 

The following  “ingredients” have been identified by the Centre for Small Town Development :

 

  • Passionate local people
  • Positive Community Mind-Set
  • A “Can Do” self-reliant spirit
  • A shared community vision of the future
  • A willingness to seek smarter ways, experiment, make changes
  • Opportunity and obsession
  • Recognition of healthy and sustainable community behaviours
  • Local leadership or champions
  • A focus on youth development
  • Promotion of women in leadership roles.
  • Evidence of community pride and confidence
  • Recognition of the importance of local business
  • A practical development agenda
  • A local based focus and structure
  • A clear and unique marketable identity
  • Forging of partnerships with neighbouring communities
  • Local education opportunities
  • Presence of a positive local newspaper
  • A local government council that provides
  • Leadership and vision, and is a “facilitator” rather than “regulator”

The Australian Regional Development Conference theme is “Where to from here?” and will cover the broad areas of regional development: economic; planning; environment and community.

This year’s conference will focus around the following themes: Natural Resource Management; Planning and Building; Social and Recreation; Economic Development; Community Development; Employment; Education and Training; Policy; Infrastructure; Digital and IT and Open Category.

Challenges in revitalising rural and regional communities will be addressed at this conference.

Call for papers – would you like to speak on rural and regional revitalisations and community economic development?

Authors or organisations interested in submitting a paper or presenting a workshop are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 300 words outlining the aims, contents and conclusions of their paper or presentation; or about their intended role in a workshop.

Australian Regional Development Conference

RDA Conference15-16 October 2014, The Commercial Club Albury Secretariat: (T) 61 7 5502 2068 (F) 07 5527 3298 Email: secretariat@regionaldevelopment.org.au URL: www.regionaldevelopment.org.au

 

 

Rural Poverty in Australia is worse in remote regions

 

Rural poverty in Australia is worse in remote regions, a report from National Rural Health Alliance and the Australian Council of Social Service found those living in the most remote locations were the worst off.

The report, A Snapshot of Poverty in Rural and Regional Australia, revealed that people living outside major cities had lower levels of education, higher unemployment, poorer physical and mental health and less access to medical care.

Nearly one in three people live outside our major cities – in rural, regional and remote areas across Australia

Allowing for the costs of housing, poverty is slightly worse in rural, regional and remote areas (13.1 per cent ‘outside capital cities’) than in capital cities (12.6 per cent). When housing costs (which are higher in capital cities) are not taken into account, that divide becomes starker.

Poverty in rural and regional Australia has a particular set of characteristics, including:  generally lower incomes of those living in these regions; reduced access to services such as health, education and transport; declining employment opportunities; and  distance and isolation.

The report is available on the National Rural Health Alliance  website

Regional Development Australia: The Conference will feature discussions on Regional Health and Social Development. It will be held in Albury NSW on the 15 – 16 October 2014.

Call for papers

Authors or organisations interested in submitting a paper or presenting a workshop are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 300 words outlining the aims, contents and conclusions of their paper or presentation; or about their intended role in a workshop.

All proposals will be reviewed by the Conference Program Committee. Presentations will be selected to provide a program that offers a comprehensive and diverse treatment of issues related to the conference theme.

Australian Regional Development Conference

RDA Conference15-16 October 2014, The Commercial Club Albury Secretariat: (T) 61 7 5502 2068 (F) 07 5527 3298 Email: secretariat@regionaldevelopment.org.au URL: www.regionaldevelopment.org.au

 

 

Jobless Scheme to help Drought affected graziers

An organisation helping jobless people in central-west Queensland says it will look at the possibility of having unemployed people assist drought-affected graziers.

The Remote Area Planning and Development Board has helped to form RAPAD Employment Services Queensland – to deliver skills and training under a federally-funded scheme.

Regional manager Tony Rayner says while most primary producers are not looking to employ workers in the current dry, there may be opportunities for jobless people to help.

“People are fully occupied with the drought at the moment and working their way through that,” he said.

He says there will be an element to the program where some jobseekers can do voluntary work.

“We will be working with AgForce and other groups to look at opportunities where we might be able to place some of our jobseekers to assist with some of the drought-feeding programs and jobs like that,” he said.

“Most of regional Australia has a small unemployment issue.” He says in the central-west region, unemployment is not excessively high. “We have a relatively small number of job seekers, but they are scattered across a very large region,” he said.

“Backpackers do take up some of the jobs that local jobseekers could do, but it is probably more of a case that we have to make sure that our local jobseekers have the right skills.”

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Regional Development Australia: The Conference will feature discussions on regional employment. It will be held in Albury NSW on the 15 – 16 October 2014 with a focus on the broad issues of economic, planning, environment and community development.

The Regional Development Australia: Innovation Awards are being held in conjunction to the conference with an aim to recognise and showcase individuals and organisations in four categories: economic development, planning and building, environment and resilience and community development.

Call for papers  is now open.

Authors or organisations interested in submitting a paper or presenting a workshop are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 300 words outlining the aims, contents and conclusions of their paper or presentation; or about their intended role in a workshop.

All proposals will be reviewed by the Conference Program Committee. Presentations will be selected to provide a program that offers a comprehensive and diverse treatment of issues related to the conference theme.

Australian Regional Development Conference

15-16 October 2014, The Commercial Club Albury
Secretariat: (T) 61 7 5502 2068 (F) 07 5527 3298
Email: secretariat@regionaldevelopment.org.au URL: www.regionaldevelopment.org.au