Citizens’ Juries: Kangaroo Island Governance

"How can government and community work together now and into the future to make life on Kangaroo Island the best it can be?"

In 2014 the population of Kangaroo Island was approximately 4000 people – and at the same time over 400 government services were being delivered on the Island. Coinciding with a new Kangaroo Island Commissioner, the community wanted to find ways to create a governance structure that suited the Island and its specific needs. 

The Jury learnt about other Islands around the world – and spent time with governance experts, service delivers and other citizens to design and agree on their report. There were 2 Juries run – the first one to identify and describe the ideal governance structure, and the final Jury to develop and agree on ways in which the changes should be implemented. All jurors were Islanders – and were recruited using a public call through the Islander newspaper, and included a high proportion of young people.

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