Communities in Control Conference 18 June 2006

The Communities in Control conference is the great annual opportunity for communities and community groups from all around Australia to come together with government (federal, state and local), public health and health promotion and business, to challenge and be challenged; to network and hear the latest about the importance of community power to health, wellbeing as well as to social and economic development.

Last year over 100 participants out of the total of 1500 went back to their own communities and ran local forums to inspire new vision and action for their own communities.

You will see that this year’s Communities in Control conference is tackling individualism and its impacts on community: the Power of One and the Power of the Community.

We are very fortunate to have Bryce Courtenay renowned author - he will be speaking from his own experience about the Power of One and his strong belief in the power of the individual to achieve personal goals as well as systemic change.

Professor Meredith Minkler from University of California Berkeley has led international research into the importance of community, specifically a community development approach to achieve health and wellbeing outcomes for groups – including ethnic groups, aged and disabled people and carers. In particular, she has developed practical evaluation models that are practical and immediately applicable for communities of all shapes and sizes.

Other speakers include: Sharan Burrow, Peter Kenyon, Phil Ruthven, Barry Jones, Professor Amanda Sinclair, Minister John Thwaites, The Hon Mal Brough, the new Minister for Family and Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Andrew Demetriou.

As well, on Sunday 18th June there is the skills day on fundraising for communities as a key part of community leadership

I look forward to welcoming you and your networks and colleagues

p.s. And of course don’t forget that last year we launched the Australian Community Idol where the Horn of Africa Community network was one of the finalists. We are now looking for Australia’s Community Idol for 2006 – so nominate the greatest group you know about (you can nominate the group or get the group to nominate its self at so that they can join the quest to find the greatest community group in Australia and win a $3000 prize – to be voted on by conference participants and awarded by Andrew Demetriou.

Rhonda Galbally AO ~ Building Stronger Communities Through Stronger Community Organisations
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