Making Community Governance Work for You and Your Communities

Presented By Paul Leistner and Peter Mckinlay

Community or neighbourhood governance is emerging as an important new way in which governments works with communities and neighbourhoods.

This one day workshop will provide an overview of good practice internationally looking at both statutory and non-statutory forms of community governance. It will show how different stakeholders are taking the lead ranging from councils, to higher tiers of government to the private sector, all focused on working with communities to improve community outcomes.

At the end of the workshop you will have a good understanding of the options available for you and your agency. Benefits will include learning how community governance can assist the better management of programmes and expenditure, improve relationships with citizens and communities, and enable better outcomes for your communities.


October 2nd 2014


Parkview Room, Adelaide Pavilion, Cnr. South Tce & Peacock Rd, Adelaide SA 5000


9:00 am (registration) 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

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Paul Liestner

Paul is the Neighbourhood Program Coordinator for the City of Portland Office of Neighbourhood Involvement. Before joining the city, he served as a neighbourhood activist in Portland for more than 17 years holding leadership positions in his neighbourhood association and district coalition and serving on many citywide advisory groups and policy committees. He also served for eight years as the research director of the City Club of Portland - coordinating citizen-based public policy research. He has recently completed a Ph.D. exploring the efficacy of citywide community involvement systems and drawing on the experience of Portland.


Peter Mckinlay

Peter has worked for many years as a researcher and adviser on local government and local governance and is working closely with the Institute of Governance and Policy Studies developing a research programme on local government and local governance. In pursuing his interest in local governance, Peter has worked extensively with the Commonwealth Local Government Forum, and been sole or lead author of a number of reports on community governance for both Australian and New Zealand peak bodies.