Group aims to im­prove Shire com­mu­ni­ca­tion

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

The Shire of Ex­mouth will es­tab­lish a Strate­gic Com­mu­nity Ref­er­ence Group to ad­vise the coun­cil on mat­ters of sig­nif­i­cant com­mu­nity in­ter­est and pro­vide in­put into the Shire’s strate­gic plan­ning pro­cesses.

Com­mis­sioner Ian Fletcher ap­proved the es­tab­lish­ment of the com­mit­tee at this month’s coun­cil meet­ing.

Mr Fletcher said it was an im­por­tant step to­wards open­ing chan­nels of com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween the Shire and the com­mu­nity and restor­ing trust after the re­cent Cor­rup­tion and Crime Com­mis­sion in­ves­ti­ga­tions. Key groups, or­gan­i­sa­tions and peo­ple have been iden­ti­fied to be part of the group.

“As an or­gan­i­sa­tion, we are go­ing through a sig­nif­i­cant pe­riod of change and the es­tab­lish­ment of this group re­flects the re­la­tion­ship that we want to have with the Ex­mouth com­mu­nity go­ing for­ward,” he said.

“We want to en­gage with the com­mu­nity and we want to have a ma­ture con­ver­sa­tion about the is­sues that are af­fect­ing this town and how the coun­cil can best serve the com­mu­nity.

“We will be trans­par­ent, ac­count­able and re­spon­sive and we will re­spect di­ver­sity of opin­ion.”

Mr Fletcher said one of the first roles for the CSRG would be to pro­vide in­put into the re­view of the Shire’s Strate­gic Com­mu­nity Plan, a doc­u­ment that de­ter­mined the pri­or­i­ties and set the di­rec­tions for Shire op­er­a­tions into the fu­ture.

He said mem­ber­ship of the group, along with terms of ref­er­ence, would be fi­nalised shortly.

Com­mis­sioner Ian Fletcher.

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