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Measuring and enhancing community capacity in outback NSW: the case of Broken Hill

Funding: 2002: $60,000
2003: $55,000

Project Member(s): Onyx, J.

Funding or Partner Organisation: Australian Research Council (ARC Linkage Projects)
Department of Family and Community Services

Start year: 2002

Summary: The project will elucidate the necessary conditions for rural renewal through intensive analysis of social capital formation and mobilisation in one outback community in NSW. This entails a multidimensional analysis of social capital at the micro and macro levels in Broken Hill, in relation to cross-sector collaboration, interaction with economic, human and ecological factors, the role of community organisations and the social entrepreneur. The project directly addresses the widely acknowledged need to find effective pathways for sustainability of rural communities. The project will produce practical recommendations to policy makers and the community, and will contribute to social capital theory.


Onyx, J & Osburn, LG 2005, 'Social Capital and Sustainable Development: The Case of Broken Hill' in Dale, A & Onyx, J (eds), A Dynamic Balance: Social Capital and Sustainable Community Development, University of British Columbia Press, Canada, pp. 176-192.

Leonard, R & Onyx, J 2004, Social Capital & Community Building - spinning straw into gold, 1, Janus Publishing Company, London.

Onyx, J, Osburn, L & Bullen, P 2004, 'Response to the Environment: Social Capital and Sustainability', Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, vol. 11, no. 3, pp. 212-219.
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Keywords: Social capital Community development Rural renewal Cross-sector Partnerships Community regeneration Third-sector organisations

FOR Codes: Other social development and community services, Policy and Administration, Urban Sociology and Community Studies, Social Theory