Alana Johnson, Voices for Indi Inc wins Community Award category for the Regional Development Australia: The Innovation Awards 2014.
The awards aim to recognise and showcase outstanding achievements of individuals and organisations in the following categories Economic Development, Planning and Building, Environment and Sustainability Award & Community.
Community Award Winner
Proudly sponsored by Charles Sturt University
Ms Alana Johnson, Voices for Indi Inc
Project: Voices for Indi
What the Judges said:
This project was ground-breaking in the Australian context – working with and across the communities of the rural federal electorate of Indi to engage people in their own democratic future. The ripple effect has been felt strongly within the local communities of the electorate, and has resounded across Australia as an alternate, community based, respectful way of discuss matters of importance to a whole electorate.
V4I designs and provides opportunities for people from all walks of life, ages and geographical locations to have their voice heard, to share ideas and listen to each other respectfully regardless of political persuasion and to have input into the issues with a common concern for the future good of our communities and our country.
Recognising that the quality of rural life and the style of rural politics is about networks and relationships, Voice for Indi wanted to kick start new conversations and new connections based on inclusion and recognition.
‘Democracy is the conversation amongst equals to determine what constitutes good life and the good society.’ Rutherford, J & Shah, H. (2006)
Voices for Indi (V4I) is a process of 21st Century democracy based on respectful and inclusive political conversation. V4I is an incorporated organisation with a non-party political committee. We are committed to being honest and respectful, to being well-informed, and to referring to reputable sources when making statements.
V4I believes in local solutions to local challenges and enables North East Victorians to make a positive contribution to quality political debate and the national agenda.
The Award Presentation Ceremony will be held in conjunction with the Regional Development Australia Conference Dinner on Wednesday, 15 October from 7:00pm at the Commercial Club Albury, tickets are available from the conference website.