ERIC Number: ED390594
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Creating a Conspiracy in Favour of Rural Communities. Conference Keynote Address.
This keynote address suggests that the rural sector of Australia is, and will remain, absolutely essential to the well-being of the entire nation. There are misconceptions that the rural economy is no longer important to the nation as a whole and that rural people and communities are marginal to society. Australia's entire economy is heavily dependent upon foreign earnings, and rural Australia is the primary source from which these economic blessings flow. While only 15 percent of Australia's people live in rural areas, approximately 67 percent of Australia's foreign earnings are attributable to rural places, people, and resources. And yet, this disproportionately large, rural contribution to the nation's wealth and well-being appears to go largely unnoticed by the average politician. Adding injury to insult, rural people and communities are the last and least to benefit from rural development. Rural-oriented professionals should commit themselves to promote empowerment and well-being of rural people, both as individuals and as communities. Rural decline and exploitation are matters resting in personal choices and in collective choices as societies. A fundamental stage of rural development is the creation of alliances within and across rural communities, between rural communities and governments, between the public and private sectors, and across the urban-rural divide. Particularly important are alliances among rural professionals and between rural professionals and rural people. This conference can serve as a starting point for building such alliances. (LP)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Australia; Empowerment
Note: In: Issues Affecting Rural Communities. Proceedings of an International Conference Held by the Rural Education Research and Development Centre (Townsville, Queensland, Australia, July 10-15, 1994); see RC 020 376.