New Community Engagement Policy

Published on 26 February 2021

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Download our new Community Engagement Policy here(PDF, 399KB).  

At its meeting on 24 February, Murrindindi Shire Council adopted a new Community Engagement Policy. The Policy is set to guide all planning, implementation and evaluation of community engagement activities undertaken by Council.

Council’s Community Engagement Portfolio Councillor Damien Gallagher said the Policy will provide a consistent approach to engaging with communities across Murrindindi Shire and will promote decision making processes that better represent the interests of the community. 

‘It was fantastic to hear from community members from across the Shire while we were developing this Policy. Your feedback helped us understand what is important to you when it comes to community engagement and what you need from Council to be able to make a valuable contribution to your community. 

‘The new Policy will ensure a transparent, inclusive, fair and responsive process. These are the four guiding principles that underpin this Policy. We’ll make sure you’re armed with the right information about a given project or proposal and that you understand how your feedback can influence the final outcome. Ultimately, we want you to be well informed so you feel confident and comfortable expressing your views. 

‘Council will provide a range of opportunities for community members to be involved in the community engagement process, ensuring we tailor our activities to account for the diversity in our communities. We will also involve the community in the early stages of the process and provide adequate time and resources so you can help shape the outcome of decisions that affect you and your community’, Cr Gallagher added. 

‘As part of the new Policy, we’re excited to announce that we’ll also be launching Dindi – In The Loop (The Loop), a dedicated online community engagement platform, which is set to change the way we engage with you! The Loop will encourage community members and stakeholders to stay informed and get involved with Council projects and initiatives by making it easy for you to share your ideas and opinions on key decisions and priorities for your community. 

‘This new platform will complement our existing community engagement tools, including in-person focus group sessions, online community education and consultation sessions, paper surveys and pop-up kiosks’, said Cr Gallagher. 

‘Stay tuned for more information about The Loop in the next couple of weeks as we’re gearing up to launch an exciting new project called ‘Shaping our Future’. We’ll be reaching out to the community to help us refresh our vision for Murrindindi Shire and develop a new Council Plan, which will guide Council’s work over the next four years. As a newly elected Councillor for Murrindindi Shire, I’m looking forward to hearing from members of our community and understanding what’s important to them, both now and for the future. 

To view the new Community Engagement Policy, you can click here, give us a call or email engagement@murrindindi.vic.gov.au and we can arrange a copy of the Policy to be sent to you.  

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