A new resource from ACELG will assist rural, remote and Indigenous (RRI) local governments improve their engagement with the communities they serve. While there are numerous resources available about community engagement, this is the only toolkit specially designed for the needs and circumstances of RRI councils.
Community engagement is essential to democratic government, yet research by ACELG found that small councils in regional and remote Australia may not have the staff and resources to undertake elaborate community engagement activities. Staff of RRI councils also indicated they would like more practical support to build skills and capacity in this area.
This toolkit aims to address these needs. It is designed as a practical guide with simple tips and advice on engaging communities and includes practical tools, methods and downloadable templates especially suited to the circumstances of RRI councils.