Community Engagement

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Community engagement is a key priority for our community and for Council.

Our Community Engagement Policy(PDF, 297KB)  outlines the ways in which Council will inform, seek input from and involve the community in Council planning and decision-making. 

Why engage?

Community engagement ensures that community members affected by a Council decision have a genuine opportunity to be informed of, and provide input into, the decision-making process.

All residents of The Shire are welcome to participate. We encourage you to use your knowledge and personal experience to help us develop solutions to the problems and issues that affect you.

How do we engage and consult?

Council’s community engagement might include:

  • a stall at a market to talk to residents about an issue
  • hosting a series of design workshops about a new plan
  • posting a survey about park equipment online via our Have Your Say engagement platform.

We do our best, within our resources, to find the most suitable ways to reach stakeholders and the general community to ask for their views.

Nearly all of our community engagement projects will be listed via Have Your Say

Read Council's Community Engagement Strategy.(PDF, 2MB)

Deliberative democracy

Deliberative democracy is another form of community engagement.  It's an opportunity for Council to hear from a broader cross-section of the community and to think about decision-making from a new perspective and to apply Community-Led Governance.  

To date we have run two deliberative exercises and through this process are developing our own model of democracy which we are trialling.