Reclaim control of our future

Demand better public consultation

South Australia's original dynamism and success as a cradle for new ideas is being lost through our government's ongoing failure to adequately engage the experience and concerns of the community. 

In order to redress this backwards slide the Civic Trust has identified 10 actions for better public consultation (see also further details) and is seeking your support in refining and promoting a new model for the government's formulation of policies and plans. See further details in the Media Release of 13/4/11, AdelaideNow June 21 and AdelaideNow Aug 3.

In conjunction with the Awards & Brickbats program, the Australian Civic Trust is seeking contributions of ideas and expertise in those civic matters such as transport, planning, water, food, population and our environment that need greater involvement by both the public and independent experts. Recent articles include Kevin O'Leary's article on 21 Dec 2011 on the need for a new approach, on 31 May 2012 regarding undue developer influence, on 27 November 2012 discussing the government's continued obsession with fast-tracking and Darian Hiles on 13 January 2012 on the need for more inclusiveness.

Australian publications include National Urban Policy - Our Cities, Our Future (18 May 2011), the Building Better Cities program of the Hawke and Keating governments and the State of Australian Cities report of 2011. Overseas benchmarks:


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We also invite people who have put in submissions to government and not received an adequate response to advise us, either by email to or through responses to the blogs, so that we can plan how to help. See also:

Powerpoint - Evaluation of the 30-Year Plan for Greater Adelaide: Powerpoint presentation by Kevin O'Leary (5 April 2011).

Send comments and expressions of interest to 

Community Alliance SA, an independent group of community organisations, has been established for legislative change and the coordination of community groups.