We want you to be involved with your local government
Local Government delivers many of the services and infrastructure that matter most in your day-to-day life. It’s important that these reflect the needs and priorities of the community they provide for.
We value feedback and place a high priority on members of our community having a meaningful say in shaping the decisions that impact them.
We are committed to delivering timely, meaningful and effective community engagement. Council is continually seeking to improve engagement practices, and will actively seek out community members expertise and local knowledge to inform and influence decisions that impact our communities. We will engage broadly, early, often and consistently with the development of innovative engagement tools, techniques and increased capability.
Read more in our Community Engagement Policy.
How can I have my say?
The best starting point is our online engagement hub, Shaping our Tablelands, which provides an easy way to access engagement opportunities, at a time and place of your choice. The online forum features current and past projects seeking community feedback.
Other ways of having your say are:
|I want to…||How you can||When|
for the region.
|Get involved in the review of the Tablelands Community Plan.||20 year view
10 year review (next starting in 2020–21)
for my town/community.
|Get involved with Town Concept/ Masterplans||Review every two years (next in 2021)|
||Get involved in the review of our Corporate Plan.||Every four years (next in 2020–21)|
|be informed of upcoming TRC projects.||Review the Operational Plan and Annual Budget.||Anually|
|propose community-led local projects.||Apply for a Community Grant.||Anually|
||Provide feedback to draft strategies and plans on Shaping Our Tablelands, or join a working group.||As advertised|
||Stay in touch via Council notices, email subscriptions, website, Shaping Our Tablelands and social media||As advertised or when a notice provided to you.|
|have my say on a planning proposal.||Make a written submission (email or mail) to a planning proposal on public notification.||During the notification period.|
||Request a service (online).||Anytime|
|Visit, email, call or send a letter to our Customer Relations Team.||Anytime/office hours|
|Customer Satisfaction Survey.||Two yearly|
|Have a say on Council decisions that affect me.||Contact a Councillor.||Office hours|
|Nominate to become a Mayor or Councillor.||Council election every four years|
|Join a Council committee or working group||Positions advertised when required.|
|Present a petition at a Council meeting||Monthly|
|Have a say on issues that affect me when they are being proposed.||Sign up to receive regular electronic updates on our projects and services (e-newsletters and Shaping Our Tablelands)||Anytime|
|Follow our media and contact us if something advertised is of interest to you.|
If you have an idea
You can contact us with your ideas as any time but we may not be able to act on them in the short term. We will always endeavour to provide information and answers to your questions, and respond to your requests for maintenance work. However, we have a very limited capacity to take on additional projects that have not been planned, budgeted for and identified in our annual Operational Plan or capital works budget. If we do, we risk not being able to deliver what we have said we would in this plan (our commitment to the community).
We will advertise every time we open community consultation, and will invite your ideas, comments and suggestions at a time when this can have the most influence on planning for future projects and decision making.
If you want to know how we plan for the future
Visit Planning For The Future.
If you don’t use the computer regularly
We publish notices about public consultation and engagement in the media, on our website, and at our customer service centres and libraries (where you can access a computer if needed). You are welcome to call, send a letter, speak to our Customer Relations Team or project officer, or attend a meeting.
If you use social media
We use social media to provide information to members of our community. Polite debate and commentary is encouraged but feedback posted in these forums may not be captured as part of public consultation. Please provide submissions and comments in the ways listed above.
If you want to know more
We are working to create clear and easy to access community consultation and engagement. We will continually to look for new and innovative ways to provide our community with genuine opportunities to be involved, contribute to decision making, and have public debate on issues of concern.
If you have any feedback on how we deliver community engagement, contact our Community Engagement Team on 1300 362 242 or firstname.lastname@example.org.