June 25, 2021

Transformation: from despair to opimism

Recent events in Victoria highlight the importance of politicians paying attention to the rural voice and the issue of rural well being. The substance of this paper demonstrates the capacity of rural communities to contribute a missing link in the chain of decision making in regard to the future well being of regional Australia. To […]

October 12, 2020

Tracking the personal and community changes – from invisibility to action

Regional Arts Victoria funded the building of a floating art studio on Lake Tyers in 2017. Tracking the changes uses State of Community Indicators to give visibility to the impact of a facilitated engagement of those involved in the Float Almanac .  This reflection records WHAT happened, it is one aspect of a chapter […]

May 20, 2016

East Gippsland Environmental Sustainability Toolkit

The East Gippsland Environmental Sustainability Strategy 2008–2013 outlines East Gippsland Shire’s position on issues relating to the protection, preservation and enhancement of the environment and consolidates the Shire’s existing achievements, policies and plans about environmental sustainability.The Strategy highlights Council’s progress on major considerations for environmental sustainability – including biodiversity, water quality and consumption, greenhouse gas […]

May 5, 2016

The Changing Nature of Australia’s Country Towns

Edited by M F Rogers & D R Jones 28-Sep-2013 This book provides a look at our increasing understanding of the growth, stasis and decline of our country towns. It covers not only changing social and economic trends, but also the art of engagement of communities, new modes of development, water and its local management […]

September 28, 2013

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 Journey of Learning (PDF 240Kb)

September 28, 2009

Cape York Institute Leadership Academy

Noel Pearson is Director of the Cape York Institute  ( and, as enterprise is a central platform in progressing/promoting Indigenous ownership of ventures, Neil was invited to be guest speaker on community enterprise at the Leadership Academy dinner.  The East Gippsland Shire supported his involvement. The invitation to share skills and knowledge of collaborative engagement […]