This is another example of a community planning toolkit that may be useful for communities interested in engaging rural and remote people in a shared exploration of challenges and solutions, and preparing appropriate documentation to guide and monitor community action.
Why is this useful for rural and remote people to read?
Rural and remote communities are often the subject of planning, but not always engaged participants. Communities that want to solve problems often need the space and time to identify the issues for themselves, and explore their own solutions, before policy makers and officials come into the discussion. Officials tend to come along to consultations pre-armed with their own ideas about what the problems are, what is causing them and the potential solutions. Communities can end up feeling alienated and excluded in the planning process, and plans may end up incorporating activities that the community does not support, or would benefit from greater local knowledge. Rural and remote communities looking for answers need not look further than themselves - after all, you are the experts in your town.
RURAL COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
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