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Outback Futures Project

Introduction

The Outback Futures Project is a genuine invitation to the Outback Community and regional stakeholders to identify what is wanted and needed for the long term sustainability of the outback as its own unique and autonomous region of South Australia.
 
The Outback Futures Committee comprises Mr Bill McIntosh AM, Presiding Member of the Outback Communities Authority as Chair, Ms Sue Chase AM, regional business leader with a long history of working in the outback as the CEO of Cowell Electric and Mr Ross Sawers, Presiding Member of the new Arid Lands Landscapes SA Board and former member of the SA Arid Lands NRM Board and Regional Development Australia Far North Board.  Together the Members of the Outback Futures Committee will collect information from the Outback Community and other regional stakeholders that it will use to prepare a comprehensive consultation report representing the breadth of issues concerns and aspirations raised along with any recommendations for change for the consideration of the Outback Communities Authority.
 

What We Heard

The Outback Futures consultation commenced in August 2020 engaging with the Outback community asking their views and aspirations and how to achieve a better and more resilient community into the future.
 
The Outback Communities Authority is currently considering the future model and governance of outback South Australia through a project entitled ‘Outback Futures’. The Outback Futures Committee met with more than 120 people in August at meetings across the outback and received 42 questionnaire responses. A summary document from that consultation,'What we heard'  was distributed at the end of September.
 
Since then the Committee has carefully considered how best to respond to the issues that were raised, and now we’d like to know what you think about that.
 
Webinars were held on December 3 and 4 to provide community members and stakeholders with information about principles and potential initiatives developed by the Outback Futures Committee in response to the issues and themes raised in the preliminary consultation in August and September. A final webinar 'What we heard' was held on December 8.
 
You can view a video of that presentation by clicking here and provide your feedback via a brief questionnaire. Questionnaire responses can be submitted until 5pm on Monday 4 January 2021.
 

Please feel very welcome to share this with others who you think will be interested in having their say. If you have any questions about these sessions, please contact Marg Howard, Project Manager Outback Futures at email Margaret.howard@sa.gov.au