Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)
Social Capital a Growth Market
Byline: Cherie Park committee member
SOCIAL capital is about the value of social networks; bonding similar people and bridging between diverse people. Social capi- tal is fundamentally about how people interact with each other.
Successfully harnessed, social capital facilitates co-ordination and co-operation, resulting in mutual benefit to all social networks involved and a positive impact on the economic growth of a region.
Communities with a high level of social capital will always demonstrate a high level of econo- mic development.
Synergistic social capital results in an engaged community, which is crucial in facilitating enhanced economic development outcomes for a regional community like Coffs Harbour.
Growth of our city requires a collaborative approach from federal, state and local politicians, local council, chambers of commerce, regional development organisations, property owners and developers, business owners, action/lobby groups, health and educational institutions (just to name a few), as well as all local citizens to develop successful strategies in terms of regional development policy.
Education, training and employment also plays a vital part in the growth of regional Australia. By adopting a collaborative approach, these elements can have a positive impact on the economic growth of our region.
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