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Community Engagement Policy approved

Government act to improve council performance through community engagements.

By news@gippsland - 22nd February 2021 - Back to News

Bass Coast Shire Councils Community Engagement Policy 2021 was adopted at the Council Meeting held last Wednesday, 17 February.

Victorian Local Government Act 2020

The new Victorian Local Government Act 2020 requires councils to develop and adopt a Community Engagement Policy by March 2021. The Policy includes the principles of deliberative engagement and was developed in consultation with the community. It defines Council's statement of intent regarding community engagement and aims to increase Councils performance in relation to community engagement.

Bass Coast Shire Mayor, Cr Brett Tessari, said that Council is grateful to all those in the community who took the time to provide feedback on the draft Policy in January.

"Its great to see that weve adopted this updated Policy. It spells out the why of community engagement. Sitting underneath this document is the Communications and Engagement Strategy 2018, which is more detailed on how we engage with the community. This Strategy will be reviewed next, with a longer community consultation period. This will be where we want to know the best ways to engage with community members, and theyre the best ones to tell us how," Cr Tessari concluded.

Upcoming projects and initiatives

As well as the Engagement Strategy review, Council will be providing a number of community engagement opportunities in coming months for upcoming projects and initiatives such as:

  • Smiths Beach Master Plan
  • Council Plan
  • Community Vision

To view the Community Engagement Policy, visit operation policies.


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