Help us shape our Community Engagement Policy

Bass Coast Shire Council’s draft Community Engagement Policy 2021 is now available and ready for your feedback.

The new Victorian Local Government Act 2020 requires councils to develop and adopt a Community Engagement Policy by March 2021.

The Policy must include the principles of deliberative engagement and be developed in consultation with the community.

Bass Coast Shire Mayor, Cr Brett Tessari, said that Council is committed to actively encouraging individuals, groups and communities to be involved in local government through community engagement.

“Our recent move to a place-based approach to community planning is evidence our commitment to building strong and sustainable relationships with our community,” Cr Tessari said.

“Bass Coast’s residents and ratepayers have diverse needs and opinions, innovative ideas, and a wealth of local knowledge, and drawing on that helps us to make better decisions on behalf of our community.

“This is a great opportunity to set out how we will work with our community going forward,” Cr Tessari concluded.

To view the draft Community Engagement Policy and to provide your feedback, visit www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/engage. Feedback will be accepted until Sunday, 17 January.

The final Policy is expected to be considered for adoption at the February 2021 Council Meeting.

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