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Community designed ICT's for building resilience:The Granitenet project.

Kathryn Mclachlan , Dr Christine King

Rural communities, such as Stanthorpe in SW Queensland have faced challenges on social, environmental, cultural and economic fronts, and found the means to “bounce back” from adversity. From 2003 2006 “A Stanthorpe study” was conducted by a collaborative research team (Hegney, Ross, Baker, Rogers-Clark, King, Buikstra 2008), which identified personal and community resilience factors that enhance psychological wellness. This paper explores the occurrence of these eleven identified factors in relation to another collaborative participatory action research project that began in 2006, that aims to build capacity and strengthen resilience through the use of ICT. The GraniteNet project is a “grass roots” initiative that has used “insider' and “outsider” expertise to create the vision of “A sustainable community designed, owned and managed portal, that will support Stanthorpe's development as a learning community.” Lifelong learning principles underpin the portal concept, enhancing community connectedness through a user friendly interface and content management system.

Recorded: July 2010 Brisbane, Australia
Coping Resilience & Hope Building, Asia Pacific Regional Conference
: The Brisbane Institute of Strengths Based Practice

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Kathryn Mclachlan

Kathryn McLachlan is a Community Development Worker in Stanthorpe, a small rural town in S/W Queensland, and a PhD candidate with the University of Queensland. Kath has been involved with the re-development of GraniteNet, a community website portal,

Dr Christine King

Dr Christine King is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Queensland, specializing in participatory RD&E in agriculture and resource management. She has worked on ACIAR / AusAID projects in Cambodia, India and The Pacific Islands, leading teams of experts.

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