Com­mu­nity gets big say

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

COM­MU­NITY mem­bers in the Town of Vic­to­ria Park will have a big­ger role in plan­ning the fu­ture of the Town this year through a new pro­ject called Evolve.

Evolve takes a fresh ap­proach to lo­cal govern­ment prac­tices by ask­ing the com­mu­nity for its opin­ions on what the Town’s vi­sion for the fu­ture should be.

Leg­is­la­tion states each lo­cal govern­ment must pre­pare a set of strate­gic doc­u­ments to guide fu­ture di­rec­tion of the or­gan­i­sa­tion, known as the In­te­grated Plan­ning and Re­port­ing Frame­work.

Part of the Frame­work, the Strate­gic Com­mu­nity Plan is tra­di­tion­ally pre­sented in draft form to the com­mu­nity for com­ment be­fore be­ing adopted by the coun­cil.

The Town of Vic­to­ria Park plans to turn the process on its head and ask the com­mu­nity to be in­volved from the start.

“We want to be able to have gen­uine and open con­ver­sa­tions with the com­mu­nity about the ar­eas where they feel they are be­ing over- or un­der­ser­viced, so we can un­der­stand the com­mu­nity’s pri­or­i­ties and ex­pec­ta­tions,” Mayor Trevor Vaughn said.

The in­ten­sive pub­lic par­tic­i­pa­tion will run from Fe­bru­ary to July.

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