RESIDENTS across the Tweed have been urged to speak up and have their say on how Council should engage and consult with the wider community on major issues.
It’s all part of the Draft Community Engagement Strategy 2018-2022, guiding framework that sets out a whole-of-Council commitment to community engagement.
The strategy outlines why, how and when Council engages with the public – providing clarity around the types of activity the community can expect for different types of projects.
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Tweed Shire Council Director Corporate Services Liz Collyer said the strategy was especially important at a time when new ways of communicating are evolving.
“It is important for all members of our community to have the opportunity to participate in the engagement on matters that may potentially impact on their day to day lives,” Ms Collyer said.
“It is Council’s responsibility to ensure that we utilise a range of different methods of encouraging input and collecting feedback and information from the community.
“There is an increasing expectation by the community to participate in Council matters and it is important the community understands the differing levels of community participation dependent on the issue.”
The strategy includes a number of new initiatives including biannual Stakeholder Forums with key interest groups and stakeholders, plus regular Local Conversations which will be open to the public.
It also includes the expansion of the Your Say Tweed website to include a forum where community members can have their say on issues at a time and in a way that suits them.
The review of Council’s existing Community Engagement Strategy, which commenced in February 2017, has involved extensive engagement with Councillors.
The Draft Community Engagement Strategy 2018-2022 can be viewed at Council offices at Tweed Heads and Murwillumbah or viewed online at yoursaytweed.com.au.
Submissions close on February 2 and can be made by email to email@example.com or by mail to the General Manager, Tweed Shire Council, PO Box 816, Murwillumbah, NSW 2484.