South Australia's Country Cabinets

South Australia's Country Cabinets

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Problems and Purpose

Regional communities make a major contribution to South Australia’s identity, quality of life and prosperity. Regions generate much of the state’s wealth, contributing more than $20 billion towards the South Australian economy. 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.

Originating Entities and Funding

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

Participant 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

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.

External Links

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

Case Data

Location

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Riverlands, Adelaide Hills, West Coast, Mid North, Barossa and the Lower North, Limestone Coast, Port Augusta, Northern Flinders Ranges SA
Australia
34° 54' 22.5216" S, 138° 50' 23.064" E
South Australia AU

History

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Sunday, June 22, 2014
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Participants

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Organizers

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South Australian Government
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