Community Engagement Strategy, Policy & Framework
The Shire wants community members to be as involved as possible in the decisions that affect them.
We have spent the first half of 2020 reviewing our practices and listening to feedback from residents plus seeking community input on a draft Community Engagement Strategy.
The Community Engagement Strategy will act as a guide to how we provide opportunities for the community to play a more meaningful role in decision making.
The draft strategy is based on a set of core principles that will underpin every community engagement activity we do as a Shire, including:
- Those affected by a decision have a right to be involved in the decision-making process
- The purpose of the community engagement should be clear and serve the needs of the participants
- Every effort should be made to include those potentially affected by or interested in a decision
- Participants should be provided with the information and support they need to participate in a meaningful way
- Participants should be informed of the ways in which the engagement process will influence Council decision-making
We want our community to be as involved as possible in the decision-making process.
As part of the exhibition process, the Shire is conducting a short survey, asking residents how they would like to be informed about issues and what form of involvement in the decision-making process would suit them.
Our Community Engagement strategy, policy & supporting framework look to achieve engagement that:
- is planned, purposeful, meaningful and inclusive;
- brings together the diverse range of stakeholders. Communities and Council to collaborate; and
- informs decisions about services, events, plans and projects.