Building strong local communities
Strong local communities depend on infrastructure and services such as adequate roads, telephone, health services and transport. They also need enthusiastic and motivated people, community organisations that work well, a long term ‘vision’ for the community and a strong focus on practical action to achieve the vision.
Commonly accepted keys to success are:
- Having local people who are willing to ‘drive’ action
- Developing ‘allies’ — people or organisations that can help
- Using the existing assets of the community
- Having a small visible success within six months
- Having access to some resources
- Celebrating successes.
- The Global Development Research Center has gathered a range of definitions and descriptions of building strong communities.
- Research has suggested that communities that are successful in supporting healthy, sustainable community and economic development pay attention to seven types of capital: natural, cultural, human, social, political, financial and built. More details of the ‘Community Capitals Framework’ can be found at this site.
- Michael Woolcock writes about ‘The Place of Social Capital in Understanding Social and Economic Outcomes (PDF 96.1KB)
- The report Innovation in rural Queensland: Why some towns prosper while others languish identifies some characteristics that tend to differentiate more innovative towns from less innovative towns, and provides some key recommendations
- ‘Marvel at Mitchell’ is a travel article promoting Mitchell’s Great Artesian Spa.