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Council adopts new community engagement policy

Cr Cordy at a listening post

Monday 30 March 2020

Mount Alexander Shire Council has adopted a revised Community Engagement Policy to guide best practice community engagement processes and outcomes through encouraging a consistent approach.

The revised Community Engagement Policy provides Council with a vision for effective community engagement, which includes five key principles:

• Open and inclusive
• Create mutual trust and respect and be accountable
• Engage early and be clear
• Commit to consider and feedback
• Allocate adequate skills and resources.
The community engagement principles align with the Victorian Auditor General’s Office Public Participation Principles of responsiveness, transparency and integrity, openness, accountability, inclusiveness and awareness.

The updated policy also reflects the changes to the Victorian Local Government Act, recently passed through the Victorian Parliament, which requires Council decision making to be transparent and use contemporary community engagement procedures.

The adoption of the revised community engagement policy commits Council to a set of principles by which all community engagement will take place.

“We know our highly engaged community in Mount Alexander Shire is passionate, knowledgeable and interested in the work we do and the services we provide,” said Lisa Knight, Director, Corporate and Community Services, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“We want to utilise this knowledge to improve the decisions we make to achieve better outcomes for our community,” said Ms Knight.

The implementation of the policy will be supported through the development and delivery of a new procedure and planning tool for staff.

The updated policy meets a commitment in Council’s four-year council plan and this years’ annual plan. It is available on Council’s website.

Image: Cr Tony Cordy speaking with a community member.

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