Res­i­dents to share views at fo­rums

Albany Extra - - News - Tayler Neale

Den­mark res­i­dents will have a chance to share their views on a range of lo­cal is­sues next week as part of the Shire’s com­mu­nity en­gage­ment pro­gram.

The Shire’s strate­gic com­mu­nity plan is be­ing re­viewed, with stage four of the com­mu­nity in­volve­ment as­pect in­clud­ing pre­sen­ta­tions from res­i­dents.

Shire chief ex­ec­u­tive Bill Parker said in­creased com­mu­nity in­put was a mod­ern ap­proach to lo­cal gov­ern­ment.

“The Shire of Den­mark will face a num­ber of com­plex is­sues over the next decade,” he said.

“Some of these is­sues are the sole re­spon­si­bil­ity of lo­cal gov­ern­ment, oth­ers will be the re­spon­si­bil­ity of other sec­tors and a large num­ber will re­quire a part­ner­ship ap­proach.

“In the past, a lo­cal gov­ern­ment would re­spond to these is­sues in­ter­nally. A con­tem­po­rary ap­proach is to share own­er­ship and ask the com­mu­nity how our lo­cal gov­ern­ment should re­spond.”

The dis­cus­sions will cover top­ics in­clud­ing sus­tain­abil­ity, tourism, hous­ing af­ford­abil­ity and bush­fire man­age­ment and Mr Parker said it was im­per­a­tive that the Shire utilised lo­cal knowl­edge on these is­sues.

“Since com­menc­ing at the Shire, I have been im­pressed with the level of ex­per­tise and hid­den ta­lent in the Den­mark com­mu­nity,” he said.

“As an or­gan­i­sa­tion, we need to use this knowl­edge to help solve prob­lems and ad­dress is­sues mov­ing for­ward.

“We are for­tu­nate to have a com­mu­nity that is ea­ger to con­trib­ute and I look for­ward to chan­nelling this en­thu­si­asm.”

The fo­rums will run ev­ery night from Mon­day un­til Fri­day, start­ing at 5.30pm in the council cham­bers.

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