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Posted by Bestprac on Jan 17 2012

Think Tank: Ensuring Sustainability and Embracing Change in the SA Rangelands
Prepared by Chelsea March (Rural Directions Pty Ltd)

The demise of country towns and communities is something held close to everyone’s hearts,
and the continued depletion of key resources such as health and education in our communities
is heavily impacting on attracting and retaining people within our communities.

As part of the DAFF Funded project ‘Implementing new practices to manage climate change
variability in the Australian pastoral zone’ a forum was held in Orroroo, SA, on June 28 2010 to
look at the impacts of climate variability on Rangelands businesses and communities, and the
tools and resources available to help create more sustainable communities.

Facilitated by Brendan McKeague, the Open Space Technology forum allowed the people of Rangelands communities to share their ideas, thoughts and resources on what’s required to help ensure Rangelands communities are resilient and sustainable.

It became evident that there is a need to collaborate within our communities, not be constrained by regional boundaries, and work together to promote the positive elements of the Rangelands and living in
our communities.

We all can see the benefits from being part of a Rangelands based community, and it is now up to us to
sell ourselves to others, to encourage investment in the area; be it to live, work, or play.

Key feedback and outcomes from the day included:

  • The need to look at increasing productivity in our own backyards, through collaboration and cooperation to ensure our sustainability and viability.
  • There is the need to sell and market our region as the ‘Rangelands’, and together, find the common point to ensure resources are injected back to our communities.
  • All regional communities are facing similar issues, and although we are concerned about our own towns, there is the need to support neighbouring towns too.
  • There are various opportunities and options, and we need to think positively to engage and embrace these opportunities.

A key outcome of the day was the generation of the idea to develop a ‘Rangelands’ prospectus
that can be used to sell and market the region, uniting all the communities within the region
and working towards a common goal.

Attendees at the meeting were encouraged to tell other community members about the key
outcomes from the day and continue the collaboration within and between the Rangelands

Contact: John Squires, Rural Directions Pty Ltd
08 8842 1103


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