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South Australia's Country Cabinets

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General Issues
Arts, Culture, & Recreation
Education
Economics
Health
Planning & Development
Location
South Australia
Australia
Scope of Influence
Regional
Links
https://yoursay.sa.gov.au/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&search%5Bquery%5D=country+cabinet
Start Date
Ongoing
Yes
Facilitators
No
Face-to-Face, Online, or Both
Both
Decision Methods
Not Applicable
Communication of Insights & Outcomes
Public Report
Public Hearings/Meetings
Staff
No
Volunteers
No

Country Cabinet is an initiative by the South Australian government whereby they visit regional locations around the state and hear from local people about matters affecting them and their communities.

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Problems and Purpose

Regional communities make a "major contribution to South Australia’s identity, quality of life and prosperity" [1]. Regions "generate much of the state’s wealth, contributing more than $20 billion" towards the South Australian economy [1]. Local residents have the opportunity to attend a community forum to share their ideas about how to make their region a more prosperous and thriving place. The agenda for each Country Cabinet is informed and driven by issues raised by the local community during an extensive pre-engagement process.

The forum is usually held on a Sunday night and involves a casual BBQ followed by a Q&A session with the community and ministers.

The Premier and Cabinet Ministers also hold their cabinet meeting in the region and attend a series of events and meetings with key leaders and community organisations in the area.

Background History and Context 

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Organizing, Supporting, and Funding Entities 

Country Cabinet is part of a range of programmes to engage citizens in decision-making initiated by the South Australian government.

Participant Recruitment and Selection

Country Cabinet is open to all local residents of various regions visited. Since August 2014 there have been Country Cabinets in the Riverlands, Adelaide Hills, West Coast, Mid North, Barossa and the Lower North, Limestone Coast, Port Augusta and Northern Flinders Ranges

Methods and Tools Used

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Deliberation, Decisions, and Public Interaction

Local residents have the opportunity to attend a community forum to share their ideas about how to make their region a more prosperous and thriving place. The agenda for each Country Cabinet is informed and driven by issues raised by the local community during an extensive pre-engagement process. The Premier and Cabinet Ministers also hold their cabinet meeting in the region and attend a series of events and meetings with key leaders and community organisations in the area.

Influence, Outcomes, and Effects

Following the event, the government collates feedback from each regional event into an issues paper. This is then made available on the YourSAy Engagements site, so that the community can review the paper and provide further feedback and comments.

Within 90 days, the government agencies responsible for the various issues raised respond to the paper and a report is released. All reports from past Country Cabinets are available through the YourSAy website.

Analysis and Lessons Learned

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See Also

YourSAy 

References

[1] Government of South Australia. (n.d.). Country South Australia. Immigration South Australia. Retrieved from https://www.migration.sa.gov.au/live-work/living-here/country-south-australia

External Links

http://yoursay.sa.gov.au/initiatives/country-cabinet

Department of the Premier and the Cabinet

Labor heads back out to the country for the first Community Cabinet meetings 

Community Cabinet to extend regional visits 

Country Cabinet meetings revived for regional SA 

Notes

Lead Image: Country Cabinet https://goo.gl/TAC87J

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