It began with an idea

Communities in Control 2003

It began with an idea

Conference opened 08 Apr 2003, Melbourne
Communities in Control 2003 was the first ever Communities in Control Conference.

The conference drew an unexpected crowd of more than 1300; organisers had to change venues three times to accommodate the groundswell of interest.

Communities in Control 2003 kickstarted and embedded the principles that have dictated each annual conference since:

  • that for communities to survive and thrive, they must be in charge of their own destinies;
  • that communities must have the practical support they need to set their own priorities, design their own approaches, and create their own solutions; and
  • that when those first two principles are met, communities will be stronger, safer, healthier and more vibrant.
Added 08 April 2003
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Prof. Fiona Stanley AC

Protecting our Young: Do stronger communities lead to stronger young people and a stronger society?

Many key indicators are headed in the wrong direction. Divorce rates have increased from 2% to 50% of marriages. We have smaller families, and more single parents. It's not surprising that key indicators of child health development and wellbeing are doing poorly. We need a multi-disciplinary approach to tackling these problems on a community level.

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Cr Stephen Mayne

Democracy and Advocacy: How can community groups swim successfully against the flow?

Don't allow personal or historical relationships to get in the way of what you want to achieve. No organisation should receive too much of its revenue from any one source. Crikey has a policy that no sponsor can provide more than one per cent of the overall revenue. That gives the ability to bite the hand that feeds it.

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Lisa Berkman

Why Strong Communities Hold the Secret to Living Longer and Better

The increased disparity in wealth in Australia has created a larger group at the lower end of the socio-economic spectrum that experiences a higher magnitude of risk for developing health problems. This group needs to band together and strengthen in order to live a longer and better life.

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The Hon Amanda Vanstone

Stronger Families Need Stronger Communities: Exploring the relationship between communities in control and the strengthening families and communities program

While the small Liberal ideal is to return maximum control to the individual, it's important to counter that with the appropriate level of community involvement - a difficult balance to strike.

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The Hon Bronwyn Pike

Community Building: it's good for our towns and suburbs, but is it really good for our health?

Social connectedness is one of the most powerful determinants of our well-being. The more integrated we are with our community, the less likely we are to experience premature death of all sorts. If you smoke and belong to no groups, it's a toss-up statistically whether you should stop smoking or start joining.