Achieving more socially sustainable communities

Daniela Stehlik

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We are only too aware that the communities in which we work are dynamic
environments where change is a constant. In addition, the demographics in Australian rural/regional communities are also changing. When placed on top of the big issues facing Australian society – such as those associated with adaptation to climate variability; claims for upgrading of communications infrastructure; or demands for energy, water resources … the impact of this on our practice can become a challenge. How can extension practice draw on
the strengths inherent in communities to enable change and what strategies do we need to consider when faced with the intergenerational change underway in our communities? This presentation draws on recent experience and examples from the Expert Panel on the Social Impacts of Drought in Australia Report, as well as research undertaken in the South Coast region of Western Australia, to suggest a strengths-based perspective to 21st century extension practice to enable more socially sustainable communities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)92-95
Number of pages4
JournalExtension Farming Systems Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2010


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