What are your ideas on how we can build resilience in our communities?

about 6 years ago
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What are your thoughts on how can we maintain these? How do you see that people can grow up, live and work in the Hinterland? How can we keep that way of life alive?

  • mary over 8 years ago
    Strong communities are communities where people know each other and the issues they are dealing with and search together for solutions. Networks for people can be supported. A flourishing community knows it needs food, water, power, shelter and cultural enrichment. It needs education, health services, law enforcement, transport and all the other infrastructure of a modern society.
  • stella over 8 years ago
    I think that it was a mistake to merge the councils, I have learned that people "down the coast" have very limited understanding of how it is to live in the country up and beyond the hills. I live a 30 minutes drive west of Maleny and have most services at the sunshine coast. If we had smaller councils,, I would be able to access services closer.
  • alf_alphamale over 8 years ago
    The fact is, you cannot rely on a construction industry to supply jobs in the hinterland, ro you lose the hinterland (much the same on the coastal plain only more slowly, but who'd listen down there ...)Specialised agriculture, food security, arts, holiday accommodation and ancillary tourism/eco-tourism must be the mainstays to the hinterland as they invest in local resources rather than squander them.We are blessed with growing seasons year-round and are in a perfect position to show the nation - indeed, the world - how to be self-sufficient in food, and go one further, being one of the most qualititive food/eating places in the nation, thus further feeding that tourism creature.The trick is to support micro- and niche agricultural businesses and assist them in value-adding through packaging and delivery in the region.
  • weisarts over 8 years ago
    One of the beautiful things about the Noosa hinterland, true of the whole Sunshine Coast region, is the character of each little village, unique in its topography, ecology and community atmosphere. Most residents of these villages have a special love and connection with their town. Many are involved in local groups and organisations both formal and informal. Since many residents are now part of the "tree change" population, there is a remarkable diversity of experience and expertise, often a deep commitment to environmental enhancement, a strong interest in home grown food, permaculture and organics. There are also those who live in these rural settings while maintaining meaningful positions in academia, government and business from the serenity of their hinterland homes. When I moved here about 15 years ago I heard that the Noosa Shire had the highest per capita concentration of artists in Australia. It would seem this has grown during this time. What a great resource the residents are. Noosa Shire had an attitude of community consultation, environmental protection, population cap and monitored development. The general expansionistic push in South East Queensland has put pressure on these values. I would love to see the Noosa Shire return to its focus on living creatively in high regard for sustaining and enhancing the environment. I would also love to see communities engaged in their own development and decision making. I would love to see these small villages able to contribute more to their own streetscapes, facilities and services. Plans and solutions created from within communities themselves will promote local empowerment and pro-activity and healthy community pride. First we must take stock and value what we have and then work together, hand-in-hand with local government and all those energetic and creative, passionate and inspiring residents with all their extensive experience and talent to enrich and foster our natural assets. Resilience will grow with success from working together and spending our energy making a constructive difference rather than battling against closed minds.
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    • DeMosae over 8 years ago
      Well said. Artists have a lot to offer and should be more directly involved in design processes. See Richard Mochelle's "introduction to rurban design". There's a link to his work at http://www.bestfutures.org/content/view/17/35/
  • IanBates over 8 years ago
    Resilient communities are often small communities, often based on cottage industries, creative arts, health and lifestyle and tourist orientated businesses. Vibrant small communities get their strength through new ideas, volunteers, or a powerful cause, such as protecting environmental values of the community. Fragmented communities often result from excessive development pressures, political dissension or a breakdown in networks.
  • Rainey over 8 years ago
    Communities need to cater for all age groups. Providing facilities for everyone - from childcare, to playgrounds, teenage hangouts, community centres and walkways, so that everyone has somewhere to go and somewhere to meet others. Communities thrive when they know their issues are heard and acted upon by authorities who have their constituents interest in the forefront of their minds - working for the people who elected them. That is why it is important for us to have our own Noosa Shire back again - with local representatives, and with a Council working for the area it represents.
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    • Annemarie VH over 8 years ago
      I agree our communities need to cater for all age groups and interests. We also need to focus more on suburban hubs and provide a fair share of infrastructure and services to each community. There is too much focus on trendy and niche areas and not enough focus on need or the least advantaged areas. I have to say I support the new council. I'm more connected to SCRC than I ever was to Caloundra City Council (this bang the table forum is a great example). At the end of the day we need to take responsibility and engage with our local councillors and not always blame them for everything that is going wrong in our eyes, at the same time speak up and not be afraid to have rigorous debate and different opinions.
  • Steve S over 8 years ago
    Local food growers markets are a wonderful place to buy season fresh foods at affordable prices and also for people to interact. Council should encourage a network of weekly growers markets for fresh produce in every town in the region. Placing petty bureaucratic rules onto such markets stifles their widespread adoption.The creation of community produce gardens on a wide scale would be a wonderful initiative. many people do not have the skill, confidence, or space to grow their own foods, but would be very happy to take part in a larger scale community enterprise. The Maleny Community Precinct is an excellent place to start, with 20 acres or so being dedicated to such a community produce garden.
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    • colinz over 8 years ago
      One of the things that draws me to Maleny is the strong sense of community.Having participated in 2 (small) community gardens I can see that the idea of 20 acres set aside would have so much value. Could it supply to the Maleny Co-op ?Our local IGA ? Both of which access local produce thus generating its own revenue for further investment into its own gardens. I can see many possibilities here!
  • Sammy over 8 years ago
    Jobs are as much a part of a resilient community as is 'community spirit'. You cannot 'create' the latter but you can encourage the former.As before, I believe the Blackall Range is ideally suited to become an 'organic food bowl'.
  • smoothie over 8 years ago
    Much is said about the creation of food bowls, and rightly so. But it is the case in rural towns that a high proportion of residents have been growing their own foods, farming for their own needs, since the turn of the century. Resilience comes from taking care of your own needs - perhaps there is too much dependence on local authorities in recent history being the providers and effectively reducing our resilience? People have been growing up, living and working in hinterland towns successfully on their own resources for a long time - isn't this question a little silly? "It it ain't broke.......".
  • Nathan over 8 years ago
    I really think that people in small communities need to feel safe.I think it is a must to get a Police station at Mooloolah. I live in the township and have contacted the Police, along with neighbors, about a problem neighbor a couple of times and it has taken too long for them to come out and see first hand what the bad neighbor is doing.I understand that Police can't be everywhere, but I think Mooloolah Valley is now a big enough community to have it's own small Police station.
  • firefly over 8 years ago
    Encourage active community participation. Provide support to organisations that do this (good job Council on doing this already through the Community Partnerships program). Assist with joint promotional strategies as many small businesses (including farmers) find it difficult to market their products or get exposure. By facilitating joint marketing opportunities it is more cost effective and also provides more bang for the buck this can be done for most industries eg food growers, arts, tourism, etc. Ensure good consultation with the community.
  • dillenia over 8 years ago
    Resilient communities are connected communities and communities need meeting places. Council could consider providing financial help to cover the prohibitive insurance costs presently faced by groups leasing public infrastructure from council.