Future of Local Governance
The Future of Local Government Summit 2017 crafted a Declaration on the future of local governance.
“This declaration rests on a belief that the state of the nation and the health of our society depend on community-driven action in the neighbourhood, not just decisions made in parliaments or boardrooms.
Across the world people are concerned about the apparent inability of governments, business and public institutions to address the economic, social and environmental challenges of the 21st Century. Our present ways of thinking and governing are neither coping with the pace of change nor meeting citizens’ expectations. There is an urgent need for a fresh approach and responsive leadership.
In some ways Australia remains the ‘lucky country’ but here too we are struggling with economic upheaval, rising inequality, loss of social cohesion, increased rates of mental illness and serious environmental threats, notably climate change. Many Australians are losing faith in our basic democratic institutions and withdrawing from active participation in civic and cultural life. Our reputation as an inclusive, tolerant and compassionate society is under threat.
It’s time to explore a new model of governance, one based on a re-energised civil society that draws on the strength and resourcefulness of people working together in diverse local and regional communities – a localist response.”
This approach aligns perfectly with the Town Team Model. We are very keen to work with local governments and help make it happen!
For more on this subject, also read this article on How Governments Can Achieve More by Letting Go.
Local Governments and Town Teams Working Together
“The town teams and the City (of Vincent) enjoy a symbiotic relationship. The City engages directly with each town team on a variety of issues that are specific to the respective town centres and the town teams are able to effectively communicate issues, solutions and ideas to the City through their respective Action Plans. The City works collaboratively with the town teams to deliver locally based activities/events, physical improvement and economic and community development initiatives.”
City of Vincent Town Centre Place Plans Volume 1
The town team model encourages businesses, landowners and residents to work collaboratively with governments to create great places. They provide vision, leadership and are catalysts for positive change in their local area.
Town teams are:
- Proactive ‘doers’
- Not politically-aligned
- A positive voice and influence in their community
Local governments can help deliver the ‘hardware’ of a place, while the town team can help upgrade the ‘software’ of a place.
Place Improvement Districts
Town Team Movement created the ‘Place Improvement District’ Model to help local governments to understand the importance of a Place-Led approach and how creating great places is not only the right thing to do, it is the most effective way to deliver the long-term financial sustainability of your local government. Contact us to find out more about Place Improvement Districts.
Local governments have employed place managers, economic or community development officers or other staff to work with town teams. Some of the local governments that work positively with town teams include:
- City of Vincent
- Town of Victoria Park
- City of Bayswater
- City of Stirling
- City of Belmont
As well as helping to set up town teams, Town Team Movement can provide practical resources and expertise, plus deliver a range of place-related services to your local government.