Summer 2015-16

Editorial Summer 2015-16
Editorial / Summer 2015-16

Editorial Summer 2015-16

Community Development sits alongside social justice, social inclusion and community leadership on the Regional Council banner as areas we believe and work in.

Seize the opportunity of crisis to rebuild community
Community Development / Summer 2015-16

Seize the opportunity of crisis to rebuild community

It is said the Chinese word for crisis is comprised of two characters, one meaning danger and the other opportunity. In every crisis there is opportunity. Our world is confronted by multiple crises. Jim Diers explores the upside that we now have unprecedented opportunities to rebuild community.

Leading-practice community engagement: some ideas for UrbanGrowth NSW
Community Engagement / Summer 2015-16

Leading-practice community engagement: some ideas for UrbanGrowth NSW

Community engagement sits at the heart of planning and it is important that engagement practice be continually assessed to ensure that we really do achieve leading-practice outcomes. Wendy Sarkissian reflects on her experience in community engagement in planning to provide some suggestions for engagement by UrbanGrowth NSW and Planning and Environment NSW more broadly.

Spaces to play
Health / Summer 2015-16 / Urban Development

Spaces to play

Greater density for the inner city comes with implications for open space. Much of the space is designed for passive use and active uses are confined to walking and riding a bike. Glenn Burge asks where will the children and those that live in these new communities play.

Inner West Tenant Group: Bringing tenants together
Community Development / Summer 2015-16

Inner West Tenant Group: Bringing tenants together

The Inner West Tenant Group (IWTG) was formed as a result of grass-roots community development Initiated by Rozelle Neighbourhood Centre. Susan Hawkeswood and Lisa Smajlov explain how it came about and what tenants working together are achieving.

Strata skills help create communities
Community Development / Summer 2015-16

Strata skills help create communities

What does it mean to live in a strata scheme? Shared responsibility, shared enjoyment, shared spaces and shared community. Nelson Tilbrook discusses how strata skills can help in creating community.

Community Development in Hunters Hill: What can be achieved by a community garden and art project
Community Development / Summer 2015-16

Community Development in Hunters Hill: What can be achieved by a community garden and art project

A garden and art project wasn’t really going to fix things in this Housing NSW complex but for Christine Hannan it is an opportunity to shine a light on this housing complex, the positive contribution the tenants achieved and to identify the issues that remain to be addressed

Vintage Marg Barry – Forward to the Future – Spring 1995
Community Development / Community Sector / From the Vault / Summer 2015-16

Vintage Marg Barry – Forward to the Future – Spring 1995

In 1995 Marg Barry gazed into the next 20 years of Regional Council based on her first 20 years. Her focus on community development, keeping community in community services, communities being in control all fit nicely with the theme of this ISV. Her perspective of fashionable policies coming and going and opposing the excesses of the “powers that be” also provides a long term perspective to the issues of today.

Beyond the clutter
Ageing / Health / Summer 2015-16

Beyond the clutter

Relatively new population research estimates that over 600,000 people, or 2.6% of the current population may suffer from a hoarding disorder writes Mercy Splitt; yet, potentially only 5% of those people ever come to the attention of statutory or NGO professionals.

The challenge of community engagement
Community Engagement / Summer 2015-16

The challenge of community engagement

The Spring 2015 issue of ISV outlined UrbanGrowth NSW’s commitment to best practice community engagement and set out some details of how it is going about it. In the spirit of engagement Michael Darcy tests some of those ideas against experience.