It’s a consultation about consultation.
But it’s important we get your feedback.
Under the new Local Government Act, the council must adopt and maintain a community engagement policy that gives effect to the community engagement principles in the Act.
Those principles, outlined in section 56, are as follows.
- A community engagement process must have a clearly defined objective and scope
- Participants in community engagement must have access to objective, relevant and timely information to inform their participation
- Participants in community engagement must be representative of the persons and groups affected by the matter that is the subject of the community engagement
- Participants in community engagement are entitled to reasonable support to enable meaningful and informed engagement
- Participants in community engagement are informed of the ways in which the community engagement process will influence council decision-making.
From strategies and plans, to budgets, to playgrounds and park names, we often ask you take part in community consultations.
This assists us in making decisions and considering the community’s needs and priorities.
To inform our new Community Engagement Policy and processes, we want to hear from you on how we communicate and engage with you.
Please take our survey below to inform the development of a new community engagement policy.
You will have a further opportunity to have your say when the draft policy goes out for exhibition next year ahead of its adoption on March 1.