Council has reviewed its Community Engagement Framework that guides how, what, when, where and why we will engage with the community. The Community Engagement Framework includes a Community Engagement Policy and a Community Engagement Strategy and Action Plan. It is also supported by an internal toolkit for use by staff.
The 2021-2025 Draft Community Engagement Strategy and Action Plan has been developed in preparation for the new term of Council and Integrated Planning and Reporting activities for the 2022/23 – 2024/25 period. This strategy also considers the interim 2021-22 Operational Year, due the postponement of elections to September 2021 as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Council is committed to undertaking meaningful engagement with community and stakeholders and understands that effective community engagement requires an informed and representative group of participants, time for deliberation, and consensus on recommendations on the decision or project.
Council’s Community Engagement Strategy details this approach including the guiding values and principles for engagement; levels of engagement which are aligned with the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) Spectrum; and the methods of engagement including an action plan for that term of Council.
The Community Engagement Strategy also outlines how the community and stakeholders will be engaged on land use planning and development control matters, including detailing exhibition and notification periods for strategic planning.
Council has endorsed the Strategy and Action Plan for public exhibition with the community now invited to have their say on the contents of plan. To view the plans and have your say visit www.yoursay.parkes.nsw.gov.au