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1 Copright Š Bob Neville 2018 www.communityregeneration.net.au


Seven Stages of Community Growth and Decline Which is best and which one describes yours? - And what can you do? Your community can be seen as one of these 7 types. Only one (3) is seen as ideal. But even so, ALL 7 have various levels of inherent vulnerability. Rapid growth or regressive decline are both undesirable as both extremes create their own mix of economic, social and environmental challenge. Your community is just like a Garden. You can leave it to fate, or you can regenerate it, with a process of Community-Inclusive, Community-Driven Regeneration and have relative control of your community’s future. Steadily Growing Communities represent an ideal situation – where all round growth in population, business and infrastructure needs are progressing in balance and under control and where microbusiness diversity is providing a MEANS ALL COMMUNITIES – City good standard of local liveability based suburbs, or Regional, Rural without essential need for residents Remote and Island Communities. to travel large distances for product These are all important questions, or service needs. in fact, far more important than most people realise So let’s look at each type and consider their characteristics.

What is sustainable and what is not? Should we be concerned at microeconomic level decline of Communities? AND THIS

Rapidly Growing Communities is predominantly a City-based or Coastal phenomenon, particularly in Resort locations or driven by outer-city and Coastal Developments. Also, this occurs in first-time Resources Boom communities.

businesses being established in balance, or diminishing of standard or outright closure of essential services. This occurs like a slow acting earthquake over a number of years, wherein community may complain but merely accepts this as “fate” believing that nothing can be done, or that Council should fix it. Declining Communities progress beyond stagnation and signs of real decline are becoming or even now very clearly obvious. Closed and boarded up shopfronts, everything is for sale amid increasing community anxiety and social challenge – a sense of hopelessness, population decline and community fragmentation and (often) blaming Council for everything, which is generally not the case. This is serious and it must be dealt with before it is too late.

Stable Communities are those which appear not to be changing. They may have everything they Resurgent Communities are driven need at the present time and there Dead Communities - unaddressed usually by successive resource are no significant pressures either in decline over generations, leads to boom highs and lows. This kind of terms of apparent need for growth cyclic social, economic and growth can be extremely damaging or any obvious threats. It must be environmental challenge and to communities, as it promotes remembered thought that stability dysfunction. The will to change is recurring social and economic so far diminished that change is definitely NOT a permanent extremes and often with a residual condition. In reality, in spite of seems impossible. School are environmental downside. This closed, youth goes and just a appearance, stable communities phenomenon occurs particularly still are either growing or declining, residual dominance of older where there are recurring resources albeit ever so slowly. residents remains most of who will booms or with the imminent start of resist change. It’s too late, because a new Industry, which may or may Stagnating communities, in spite of the productive soil of community not be with the will of the regeneration has been neglected appearance have underlining community or necessarily benefit and abused and polluted for so long “indicators” of slow but very real the community. that it turns to stone and nothing decline. This is seen in loss of can grow. micro-business without any new 2 Copright © Bob Neville 2018 www.communityregeneration.net.au

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The Seven Stages of Community Growth or Decline  

Your community can be seen as one of these seven types. Only one (3) is seen as ideal. But even so, ALL seven have various levels of inher...

The Seven Stages of Community Growth or Decline  

Your community can be seen as one of these seven types. Only one (3) is seen as ideal. But even so, ALL seven have various levels of inher...

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