The Centre for Rural Communities

Community building is about local people working with government to strengthen their communities and improve the places in which they live.

It is also about government listening to what local people have to say and supporting them to develop projects that achieve their goals.

The Centre for Rural Communities works to support communities – and provide training for community development workers – to build skills and confidence to develop solutions to local issues.

The Centre continues to iniitiate and participate in a range of projects that help to transform rural communities.

Becoming a facilitator

Community planning needs skilled facilitators. It’s a demanding job requiring skills, experience, training and ongoing support. The Centre has produced a range of tools, kits and case studies that helps community members become useful facilitators.


A journey of learning

From rural Gippsland to Madrid 3rd Rural Women’s Congress Helen Sheil Director, Centre for Rural Communities Inc. Monash University, Gippsland Campus, Australia October 2002. Download and view the PDF


Developing ourselves–Developing communities

Dr Helen Sheil The Developing Ourselves–Developing Community project provided learning and skills development for people living in and / or working with rural communities in Gippsland. It was recognised that these communities are increasingly taking on new responsibilities to support their families and communities socially, economically and environmentally. Most generally there is no support provided […]


Collaborative Communities–Resilient Regions

Dr Helen Sheil The Collaborative Communities–Resilient Regions project achieved the goal of being a demonstration project of the important contribution that regional educational institutions can make to regional development through the provision of access to relevant skills, knowledge and resources. Funding from the Regional Solutions Program enabled the Centre for Rural Communities Inc. to develop […]


Stories my community told me

Dr Helen Sheil A unique project and partnership between East Gippsland Early Learning Years Committee,the Centre for Rural Communities Inc. & Monash University. The project In 2004, the Australian Government through the Stronger Families and Communities Strategy informed Kilmany UnitingCare that the East Gippsland local government area had been chosen as a site for a […]


Growing and Learning in Rural Communities

Communities, government and professionals are all seeking more effective tools to assist positive change in rural communities. The Centre for Rural Communities has produced two publications that distill 15 years of community work into a process for working effectively and positively to enable communities to achieve their own goals and dreams. Growing and Learning in […]