Our first one day Induction Workshop ‘Working with Communities’ attracted 24 rural and metro participants from 8 different professions from Horticultural Tradesperson to Director of Community Services with both new local government and long term professionals participating.
This exciting initiative drew on the resources including links and videos in the Working with Communities in Local Government e-kit now available on our Network page for you to explore.
The session explored the evolution and changes in community development and local government since colonial times and the diversity of council’s services and approaches which exist today. We discussed the importance of understanding our councils, our possible partners and the legislation relevant to our field in order to achieve positive outcomes. Theory and examples of practice of community development and working with diversity of communities were shared.
Participants shared their own experiences and challenges and engaged with a series of guest speakers giving real world examples from their diverse experiences and knowledge. These included:
• How four different councils Murray Bridge, Onkaparinga, West Torrens and Charles Sturt approached community development
• Mayor Angela Evans challenging us with different and positive approaches to dealing with conflict, inertia, legal constraints and achieving positive outcomes in a local democracy
• Exploring with Joe Noone how to foster creativity and innovative outcomes and deal with constraints and blockages, using as an example the exciting “Fork in the Road” approach to enlivening the food business opportunities and cultural entertainment in Adelaide streets.
Participants were stimulated and challenged by an enjoyable day and were left looking for more.