Coun­cil growth pol­icy

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Mitchell Shire Coun­cil adopted a re­vised Com­mu­nity En­gage­ment Frame­work last week, strength­en­ing its com­mit­ment to con­sul­ta­tion with the com­mu­nity.

Coun­cil says the re­vised frame­work, orig­i­nally adopted in 2014, will con­tinue the mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s open com­mu­nity en­gage­ment ap­proaches.

The frame­work out­lines prin­ci­ples, meth­ods and tools for con­sul­ta­tion and en­gage­ment.

It en­cour­ages staff to seek a wide range of views with a focus on plain English in our com­mu­ni­ca­tions, and more con­sis­tent en­gage­ment plan­ning and eval­u­a­tion.

Mitchell Shire Mayor Bill Chisholm said the frame­work would play a key role in fur­ther­ing the com­mu­nity spirit in the mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

‘‘This process is an im­por­tant step for our shire as we con­tinue to grow and as our com­mu­nity changes,’’ he said.

‘‘Over the past few years, we’ve tried a num­ber of new ap­proaches to en­gag­ing with our com­mu­nity which have proven suc­cess­ful.

‘‘When we are con­sult­ing with the res­i­dents of Mitchell Shire, we want to make sure ev­ery­body who wants, and needs, to be in­volved has the op­por­tu­nity to take part.

‘‘We are an in­ter­face growth area, with a mix of ru­ral and ur­ban liv­ing with af­ford­ing hous­ing and a di­ver­sity of life­style and hous­ing choices. There are many di­verse views to con­sider when we make de­ci­sions, and this frame­work will help us to do this in an en­gaged and trans­par­ent way.’’

To read over the Com­mu­nity En­gage­ment Frame­work, to join our Com­mu­nity Voice Panel or to sign up for con­sul­ta­tion up­dates, head to www.en­gag­ing­mitchell shire.com

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