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Council supports the right of citizens to participate in decision making that affects their future, from the development of Council’s 10-year Community Strategic Plan to day-to-day activities.

The Community Engagement Strategy is Council’s guide to involve the Tweed community in strategic planning and decision-making processes.

The Community Engagement Strategy is based upon the key stages of engagement prescribed by the International Association for Public Participation – inform, consult, involve, collaborate and empower - and defines the effective engagement methods and identifies the broad categories of council projects that require engagement.

The Tweed’s various stakeholders are identified in the Engagement Strategy – including its citizens, ratepayers, business groups, community organisations and interests groups – to achieve representation from a broad community and ensure Council receives quality information which represents the views of the Tweed community. In the interests of social justice, the strategy incorporates numerous engagement methods to involve people who can otherwise find it difficult to participate in public discussion.

Frequently Asked Questions

How will it improve engagement with the Tweed community?
The strategy outlines the processes for Council to inform the community about strategic planning and decision making processes, to ensure engagement across the organisation is consistent and maintains the levels defined by the International Association of Public Participation. The strategy:
  • Defines community engagement and identifies the methods of engagement Council uses for the key stages of engagement – inform, consult, involve, collaborate, empower.
  • Identifies the broad categories of Council projects which require engagement.
  • Provides an Engagement Matrix to align the methods of engagement with the category of Council projects.
Last Updated: 10 October 2013