Building community partnerships: an Australian case study of sustainable community-based rural programmes

J. Packer
2002 Community Development Journal  
This paper explores the potential of the partnership model to minimise and transform the marginalisation and disadvantage felt by rural communities due to the impacts of globalisation. It evaluates the effectiveness of the partnership model in this endeavour by examining one particular case study. Torrens Valley Youth Programme is a successful example of an innovative Community Partnership model in rural South Australia accomplished with minimal funding. This Case Study presents the evolution
more » ... a partnership between a rural community centre and a non government organisation into a sustainable and community-funded development programme responding to the needs of local young people. The programme's financial and social capital sustainability is attributed to Project Management based on community development principles, including honouring the community centre's invitation of partnership, facilitating regular forums to give young people a mechanism for collective action, and building relationships with the local media. This has culminated in the present transition of the community centre to independent management of the programme. These outcomes demonstrate the value of Community Partnerships as a powerful approach within the community development tool kit.
doi:10.1093/cdj/37.4.316 fatcat:ft2ystove5aohe3eevoubmdlnu