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Empowered Communities is fundamentally about facilitating place-based development. A critical component of this focus is a local and regional place-based approach covering the (now) ten regions and including provisions for other regions to opt in down the track. The ten Empowered Communities regions are:
The Empowered Communities reforms will only be pursued on an opt-in basis— anything else would be not consistent with this empowerment agenda. This applies to both organisations and communities within our regions as well as additional regions that may want to opt in. Over time, as success is demonstrated, it can be expected that more leaders, organisations and places would opt in and benefit from the reforms established.