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Community Engagement Policy

Community engagement is defined as the range of opportunities for public involvement in Council decision-making, relationship building and community strengthening. Community engagement is achieved when the community is and feels part of a project, process or relationship.

Council is committed to engaging effectively with its community in a meaningful, accountable, responsive and equitable way. This policy outlines Council’s position, role and commitments to ensure community engagement is integrated into Council activities to support decision making, build relationships and strengthen communities.

The Policy also seeks to improve Council’s engagement processes and outcomes through encouraging a consistent approach and continual learning through evaluation, and through expanding the range of engagement methods used.

The Community Engagement Policy 2015 was adopted by Council on 24 August 2015.

To support the implementation of this Policy, Council has developed a Community Engagement Toolkit. The Toolkit resources are intended to provide to assist Council service areas, teams and employees in planning, implementing and evaluating community engagement processes.

If you have any questions relating to Council's approach to community engagement, please contact Council's Community Engagement service area on 1300 88 22 33. 

Community Engagement Policy 

Community Engagement Policy  (pdf, 22MB)

Community Engagement Policy  (docx, 514KB)

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