We want you to be included in the Council decisions that affect you.

This inclusion primarily comes from meaningful, informed and authentic community engagement.

Community engagement is asking people what they think about ideas, plans or proposals so they can contribute to and influence the decisions that affect them.

We’re creating a new Community and Stakeholder Engagement Policy to set out when, why and how we’ll engage with our community to inform Council decisions.

Your involvement and feedback are crucial. When you take the time to participate, you are helping to guide how we plan for the future and tackle important decisions.

Have Your Say

We are seeking feedback in two phases:

Phase 1: Principles

We must adopt five engagement principles set by the Local Government Act 2020 in our Community and Stakeholder Engagement Policy. We want your feedback on commitment statements we have developed to clarify how we could deliver these engagement principles. We’ve also added a sixth principle because we want equality to be a priority in engagement. This phase of consultation opened on 26 October 2020 and closed at 5pm, 22 November 2020. Review the Principles and draft Commitment Statements.

Phase 2: Policy

We’ll use your feedback on the principles to draft a Community and Stakeholder Engagement Policy 2021. We’ll share this draft policy for more specific community feedback, including on deliberative engagement requirements, in December 2020/January 2021.

Provide your feedback

Phase 1 consultation on engagement principles closed at 5pm on 22 November 2020.

A second phase of community consultation on the draft Policy is expected to open in December 2020/January 2021.


  • Timeline item 1

    Community consultation on engagement principles

    Open : 26 October 2020

    Close : 22 November 2020

  • Timeline item 2

    Development of draft Policy incorporating feedback

  • Timeline item 3

    Community consultation on draft policy

    Expected December 2020/January 2021

  • Timeline item 4

    Draft Community Engagement Policy 2021 presented to Council for adoption

    February 2021