Redressing neighbourhood disadvantage: towards a sustainable partnership model driven by local government

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Conference Proceeding
State of Australian Cities (SOAC) Conference, 2007, pp. 1 - 12
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The concentration of disadvantage in specific neighbourhoods is a widespread characteristic of many Australian cities. To redress these concentrations of disadvantage a broad range of policies and programs have been designed and implemented. It has become apparent that more integrative forms of governance involving all levels of government, the private sector and community are required to address localized disadvantage which support a bottom up approach rather than the traditional top down approach. Within the Australian context, in particular the NSW context, local governments have been identified amongst the most effective drivers for these integrative governance approaches. In driving these initiatives local governments are faced with the task of balancing their traditional role of local government with the provision of a framework for more integrative forms of governance. Utilizing a case study of the Penrith Neighbourhood Renewal Program local action planning process, this paper explores the recent attempts by Penrith City Council to develop a framework to redress neighbourhood disadvantage, firstly by developing an integrative governance framework for the program and secondly by transforming the Councilâs operational structure.
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