BECOME INVOLVED WITH THIS RESEARCH IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Do you know that there is an Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government (ACELG) - http://www.acelg.org.au/aboutacelg.php?
The Australia Government has contributed R&D funding for academia to research for local government – this may be linked to our national declaration on Open Government which will emphasize a big push for using the Internet to deliver Open Government capabilities via the Government 2.0 (ie a web service capacity for eGovernment) - "The Australian Government now declares that, in order to promote greater participation in Australia’s democracy, it is committed to open government based on a culture of engagement, built on better access to and use of government held information, and sustained by the innovative use of technology."
 
The declaration is signalling that Australia will soon join the global Open Government Partnership initiative - http://www.opengovpartnership.org/about
 

ACELG has just issued a working paper no 5 –http://www.acelg.org.au/upload/program1/1320191471_Community_Engagement_web.pdf  Local Gov and community engagement in Australia and are seeking review comments.
 
We encourage community advocates to respond to this working paper, otherwise the research can orient towards the perspectives of Local Government in shaping community engagement improvements.