Neighbourhood renewal in Victoria, Australia : an effective way to address social inclusion

Shield, Margaret, Graham, Melissa and Taket, Ann 2011, Neighbourhood renewal in Victoria, Australia : an effective way to address social inclusion, Journal of social inclusion, vol. 2, no. 2, pp. 4-18.

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Title Neighbourhood renewal in Victoria, Australia : an effective way to address social inclusion
Author(s) Shield, Margaret
Graham, MelissaORCID iD for Graham, Melissa
Taket, AnnORCID iD for Taket, Ann
Journal name Journal of social inclusion
Volume number 2
Issue number 2
Start page 4
End page 18
Total pages 15
Publisher Griffith University
Place of publication Meadowbrook, Qld.
Publication date 2011
ISSN 1836-8808
Keyword(s) Neighbourhood renewal
Social inclusion
Social exclusion
Summary People who live in disadvantaged communities are at increased risk of social exclusion through diminished access and quality of services, lack of opportunity and feeling powerless over decisions relating to their neighbourhoods. Neighbourhood Renewal (NR) is a Victorian State Government initiative that seeks to address this. This paper presents the findings from two individual project sites, side-by-side. Data were collected in 2004/5 and 2009 using face-to face interviewing with convenience samples of 900 NR residents across the two NR sites at each time period. A comparison group for each NR site consisted of a sample of 150 people living in the same suburb or town but outside the NR site, data were collected by telephone. Data were analysed separately for each NR project site. Findings indicate that neighbourhood renewal strategies can be effective in improving trust in government, perceptions of community participation, influence and control over community decisions and improved services. Community level strategies are valuable in addressing area-level determinants to improve social inclusion. The successes of the NR scheme support the implementation and continuation of area-specific interventions to address disadvantage and social exclusion across Victoria, Australia.
Language eng
Field of Research 160801 Applied Sociology, Program Evaluation and Social Impact Assessment
Socio Economic Objective 920413 Social Structure and Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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