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.
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 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