Brimbank,
23
April
2018
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02:00
Australia/Melbourne

Have your say on having your say

Summary

Council has endorsed a draft Community Engagement Policy outlining Brimbank’s commitment to genuine and effective community engagement.

Council has endorsed a draft Community Engagement Policy outlining Brimbank’s commitment to genuine and effective community engagement.

Brimbank Mayor Cr Margaret Giudice invites community members to provide feedback on the draft policy, which will guide future community engagement.

“As a Community First Council, it is essential that we effectively engage with the community we represent and provide genuine opportunities for people to have their say.

“Community engagement is an important part of Council considerations – it helps to inform the decisions that we make for the benefit of the community but does not replace Council’s final decision-making powers.

“Through this policy, we hope to ensure public involvement in decisions that affect the community; and to build local capacity and leadership, by working closely with a wide cross-section of contributors,” Cr Giudice said.

The draft Community Engagement Policy outlines six principles that will guide Council engagement with a broad range of stakeholders including community, business, internal Departments, service providers and government agencies:

  • Responsiveness
  • Transparency and integrity
  • Openness
  • Accountability
  • Inclusiveness
  • Awareness.

These principles are in line with engagement principles expected to be introduced as part of the State Government review of the Local Government Act 1989, with a new Act expected to come into effect in mid-2018. The Local Government Bill Exposure Draft requires councils to have in place a Community Engagement Policy.

Visit our Have Your Say page to leave feedback. Consultation opens from Monday 23 April until Sunday 20 May 2018.