Why Parklands community need to come together…..
Parklands is a community in need of recovery. The residents face a number of issues that are holding them back from moving forward – issues like insurance claims, sewage, land remediation, rebuilding of properties, road repairs, etc. There are multiple views and ideas within the community that has led to disagreements and even conflicts. I believe there is a need for all the various groups and organisations with vested interest in the community to come together and work out a master plan of what we want to see happen in Parklands.
No community development can take place unless the key stakeholders work together for the benefit of the community. This makes collaboration critical in community development. Collaboration helps stakeholders create a shared vision for the future, resolves disagreements and conflicts by clarifying and prioritising the issues faced by the community, and develops a community master plan that all stakeholders focus on.
Having a shared vision for the community is essential for community development. Collaboration amongst stakeholders to identify a common purpose and to work towards that purpose together distinguishes it from other forms of cooperation where there are common interests but lacks a collectively articulated vision.
Collaboration also helps clarify issues that are important in enhancing the health and wellbeing of the community. Often issues are either ill-defined or divisive. When there are divisions within the community, it is virtually impossible to move forward. However when all parties identify the key issues facing our community and work together collaboratively in dealing with these issues, the development of community life is enhanced. When we put the health of the community as our top priority, then we will be more prepared to listen to each other and negotiate the best way forward for the community.
Finally collaboration also helps us develop a plan of action that stake holders take ownership of. With a common plan of action, stakeholders make the best use of resources within the community. Some stake holders have more power or resources than others so by working together on a common plan, will benefit everyone.
Building collaborative communities can be inspiring. It brings the stakeholders together to find new and better ways to enhance the health and wellbeing of the community. For Parklands who are facing multiple issues, collaboration enables us to come together and tackle these issues together. We can then support each other to achieve our common goal. My dream is to see Parklands coming together to dream and to move from a new sense of possibilities.