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Conclusion: Encouraging communities to use the sustainable space

Paulin, S. (2006) Conclusion: Encouraging communities to use the sustainable space. In: Paulin, S., (ed.) Community voices: creating sustainable spaces. University of Western Australia Press, Crawley, pp. 219-224.

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The stories in this book confirm that the notion of a truly sustainable community is not necessarily an unreachable idyll bandied around as a care-all solution for what is wrong in our society with glib references to what happened in the ‘good old days’. Everywhere there are individuals interested in bringing people together in support of an issue close to their hearts and to build a more joined-up community. What is clear is that successful community groups are those that have a strategic purpose, encourage open communication between members and, most importantly, have enough passion for their particular area of interest to ensure ongoing commitment from their membership. In terms of government—community relationships, the new approaches to encouraging community participation in decision making are encouraging but it is also vital that all parties to such processes are on a level playing field and that the power relations are not skewed so as to alienate particular groups.’ This conclusion touches on some of the issues faced by the community at a time when people’s time is short and there is competition for their attention.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Institute for Sustainability and Technology Policy
Publisher: University of Western Australia Press
Copyright: (c) Sally Paulin
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