|Re: Neighbourhood Conflict||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Unnat (Zeniinet.net.au)|
|Date: Thu, 22 Oct 1998 07:55:26 -0500|
Hi Paul Oh dear, it's exhausting isn't it? We had neighbourhood opposition for years before we stared building, about our development, our motives, other people wanting to move into the area because they liked what we're doing... We've been called a cult, various orders of spiritual fanatics, hippies! - maybe my clothing gave me away :-) All the symtoms of ignorance and fear wrapped up in an important sounding package called the H.H. Resident Action Group (which wouldn't allow renters in the area to participate). The very bitter 'leader' of this group sold up (to one of the members in our community!) and left the area soon after Council made their final decision on the project. We seem to be developing good relations with the neighbours now. I think Scott's suggestions hit the spot. Communicate with the neighbours, some community building, eg monthly community dinners/BBQ's/brunch. Are you involved with Neighbourhood Watch or similar? Speak to the Community Development Officer in your local Council, local Councillors, etc A 'listening' forum, to hear what the concerns, fears, misconceptions are; where you don't dispute, argue the point or 'take on' the problems presented. A skilfull facilitator would be useful and followed by refreshments. Produce a simple news and info leaflet to letterbox the neighbourhood. Include some human interest stories. Play a compassionate and sincere game. Bon chance Robyn Williams Pinakarri Community Fremantle, Western Australia
Neighbourhood Conflict Fred H. Olson, October 20 1998
- Re: Neighbourhood Conflict Unnat, October 22 1998
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