Communities in Control is Australia’s most inspiring annual gathering of community sector workers, volunteers and supporters, each year bringing together a stellar list of speakers and more than 1000 delegates to listen, debate, network, exchange tips and strategies, and – perhaps most importantly – recharge.
Since its inception in 2003 the conference has provided a platform for the Communities in Control principles:
that for communities to survive and thrive, they must be in charge of their own destinies;
that communities must have the practical support they need to set their own priorities, design their own approaches, and create their own solutions; and
that when those first two principles are met, communities will be stronger, safer, healthier and more vibrant.
Change is occurring in our communities at an unprecedented rate.
The white-bread towns and suburbs we grew up in are now selling injera and hokkaido. Women are shouting, “Me too!” and “Time’s up!” Gay people are getting hitched. Refugees are fighting back, shining a light on their plight tweet by agonizing tweet. Entire towns are opting out of the black power grid.
For those on the frontlines of the battles for social justice, it can at times feel like a slow grind.
So how do we proceed? Tear it down and damn the consequences, or slow and steady wins the race? Is there a place in between?
We are the government. We are communities. It’s up to us to decide. Come to Communities in Control 2019 and do your bit.