Category Archives: Sustainable Communities

Introduction

Introduction Sustainable Communities are consciously designed, nurturing, life-affirming environments, many of which have been in existence around the world for decades. They were born out of the wave of optimism and creativity that swept the world in the 1960s, when … Continue reading

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Reparation

Reparation A leaf was turned with Mabo. For some a brand new day because the High Court listened when Murray Islanders had their say It found that those remaining on land from times of old may claim Native Title if … Continue reading

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Why Assimilation Models have Failed

Why Assimilation Models have Failed False Assumptions The biggest problem that Aboriginal people suffer from is that they have too rarely been accorded the consideration and dignity due to all people in this Nation. They have too often been treated … Continue reading

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From Impoverished Settlements to Sustainable Communities

From Impoverished Settlements to Sustainable Communities From Destitution to Abundance Sustainable Subsistence Subsistence Living is about having the important basic needs provided to ensure good, ordinary living, without unnecessary accoutrements. Sustainable subsistence living is about having these important needs met … Continue reading

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Effective solutions

Effective solutions Real solutions already exist, but not within the same conventional, mainstream mindset that has created the plethora of problems that Aboriginal people have suffered and endured since the mission days. Einstein stated that a problem cannot be solved … Continue reading

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Trouble-shooting Persistent Problems

Trouble-shooting Persistent Problems Problem Solving Many remote Aboriginal settlements’ most pressing need is for professional staff with truly relevant skills, which might include organisational problem solving, and community development skills. Trouble-shooters are common enough in the commercial world, where a … Continue reading

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Retrofitting Communities

Retrofitting Communities Appropriate Solutions Becoming More Wholistic and Sustainable Many remote settlements suffer designs and constructions that are more suited to temperate, wet climate town or city living, and generally are exceedingly unsustainable, making individual living and community management difficult … Continue reading

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Typical Areas Needing Retrofit

Typical Areas Needing Retrofit Eliminating Dysfunctionality and Waste Housing Housing has been a long troubled issue. Houses more suited to temperate climates are still being built in remote tropical communities, poorly insulated and ventilated, wrongly sited for the sun, little … Continue reading

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Empowering CDEPs

Empowering CDEPs Creating Sustainable Communities Creative Work One of the great benefits of CDEP was that it could easily lend itself to workplace democracy, and be free of the complications inherent in the usual work scheme or business. It was … Continue reading

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Administration Issues

Administration Issues Appropriate Systems Reporting Requirements Reporting requirements need to be designed for flow, and not roadblocks, and should reflect what the community really needs to know for its good functioning. In general, the paperwork should be designed as a … Continue reading

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Management Teams

Management Teams Many Hands The Bureaucratic requirements to interface with mainstream funding institutions are enormous and increase each year. They can be expected to become significantly greater following the farming out of ATSIC funding to other Govt Depts. Rather than … Continue reading

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Community Development Dynamics

Community Development Dynamics Synergistic Upliftment The major forces that make up communities are naturally complementary, and together create the development dynamics of the community. Council, administration, CDEP participants, and the community itself, make up those groups on some communities. Community … Continue reading

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Sustainable Relationships

Sustainable Relationships Life-Affirming, Community Living Nourishing, Nurturing, People-Friendly Environments Modern, Life-affirming Communities The essence of life-affirming community living is the quality of relationships. It is the quality of relationships, not rules and disciplines, that make communities work well and be … Continue reading

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Empowering Elders

Empowering Elders Communities should feel free to contemplate creative solutions, and not passively accept that what has been imposed or handed to them are automatically the wisest solutions. The ATSIC voting system resulted in almost complete disenfranchisement of the more … Continue reading

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Transcending Family Boundaries

Transcending Family Boundaries In traditional Aboriginal society, the extended family system worked in ways that supported and improved people’s lives on all levels, tribally, socially, individually. The family bond remains very powerful in all Aboriginal people, and is probably even … Continue reading

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Possible Community Activities

Possible Community Activities Community Empowerment What many remote Aboriginal communities need is a whole-of-life, creative community culture – a culture that interests and involves the entire community, and is about and works for community betterment and upliftment. The following section … Continue reading

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Education

Education What our children are taught at school is rote learn and regurgitate instead of educating schools tend to indoctrinate Schools teach materialism which inverts the natural law prizing inanimate objects finding living things a bore We must use things … Continue reading

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Fully-Functioning Sustainable Communities

Fully-Functioning Sustainable Communities Personal and Community Fulfilment Sustainable communities are created so their members can live with all of the advantages not yet available in mainstream living – inexpensive, non-wasteful, non-destructive, non-harmful, healthy, wholesome, sustainable, nurturing, inspiring, healing, etc. These … Continue reading

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Private Enterprise

Private Enterprise The underlying principle of community economics is produce for local community consumption first, then for the surrounding area, then for further away. This enriches the producer, the purchaser, the community and the surrounding area, and enables prices to … Continue reading

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Becoming Whole-Brain People

Becoming Whole-Brain People Traditional Aborigines are an intuitive, naturally artistic, predominantly right-brain people. This enables them to attune to nature, and to have many important skills on tap that left-brain dominant people are unable to access from within themselves, but … Continue reading

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