Maleny Working Together: a Research Project for Communities Having to Deal with the Future Now

by Susanne Haydon


The Maleny Working Together project grew from the recognition that our community need to find ways to work together and build our community capacity through partnerships. At a deeper level, this comprehensive research project was about generating a deep understanding of who we are and who we want to be as a community, in the face of on-going change, growth and development. The story began in 2001 when the Maleny and District Community Credit Union encouraged the formation of a broad-based community group called the Maleny Strategic Alliance. This group submitted a funding application to the Department of Family and Community Services through its Stronger Families and Communities program, to conduct a whole-of-community audit, needs analysis and strategic plan. The application was approved in November 2002. (continue…)


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