What is community engagement?
Community engagement is the process of involving people in the decisions that affect their lives and environment. It is proactive and ongoing, promoting open discussion and shared responsibilities for decisions.
Council recognises that people have a right to be informed and to have a say on projects that are important to them, or which have an impact on their daily lives. Community engagement provides Council with a better understanding of community views and values and helps us to make more informed decisions and deliver better services.
What does engagement look like at Lake Mac?
Our engagement is usually linked to plans, strategies and work outlined in our Integrated Planning and Reporting Framework (IP&R). This framework shows how often we engage around those plans and strategies. Community engagement and the feedback people provide influence every part of what we do, including our day-to-day activities and overarching goals and strategies.
Why is Council preparing a Community Engagement Strategy
Council must comply with several different pieces of legislation which set out when we must initiate consultation. Section 402(A) of the Local Government Act 1993 requires that Council establish and implement a strategy (its community engagement strategy) for engagement with the local community when developing its plans, policies and programs and for the purpose of determining its activities (other than routine administrative matters).
The Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (the EP and A Act) also requires that all councils outline how and when the community will be engaged across the planning functions like policy making and assessment.