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Who decides? What can Council do to improve the way it makes decisions and engages with the community?

by Executive Support, over 7 years ago

Consider our intention: Governance incorporates the corporate planning and management machinations of Council. The aim is to efficiently and effectively operate Council business and to plan for and manage the human, physical and financial resources of Council and the public assets for which it is responsible, using the Sustainability Principles.

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  • Tess over 7 years ago
    I think we should start educating the children and engaging them more in the local government processes so they can grow up with more knowledge on how they can have a say.
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  • Executive Support over 7 years ago
    Comment contributed by hard copy.
    * Inform us in plenty of time BEFORE things are approved i.e stop wasting money on ugly street designs and changing road speed signs on a whim - talk to locals.
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  • Executive Support over 7 years ago
    Comment contributed by hard copy.

    Answer it's letters, tell the community what it is thinking of doing before it becomes 'fact' and we hear about it in the paper.
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  • zee zee over 7 years ago
    Engage current businesses - go and speak to them and find out what is holding then back from expanding their operation and employ more local people. Find out if jobs creation is at risk because of council restrictions or red tape that the business owner doesn't have time to deal with.

    Letters from council are often confusing and require considerable work to answer they could be made easier with tick a box answers instead of asking for submissions.
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  • Wanderer over 7 years ago
    1. Have a regular "consultation" segment in the paper (1/2 - 1 page) - with issue, pros and cons known so far, questions for comment and a feedback sheet (also available on-line). The weekend edition would be best as its circulation will be the largest. Minimum once a month (there must be at east 12 things a year the Council wants to get ideas on or feedback about). Weekly would be ideal, and a real symbol of openness.

    2. Continue to have on-line facilities to submit comments and suggestions (great idea and very convenient).

    3. Start involving young people while at school. Encourage each High School to run a Civics module - where they learn about what the local Council does, what its responsible for, and how it operates. Relevant speaker could attend and field trips if needed. Teach them how to be active citizens.
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  • Executive Support over 7 years ago
    Comment contributed by hard copy.

    By providing fixed locations for petition type voting facilities throughout the valley on a permanent basis to be cleared bi-weekly.
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  • Executive Support over 7 years ago
    Comment contributed by hard copy.

    Get the newspapers to cover important Council proposals well in advance to encourage public reaction and public participation. We only hear of important Council decisions after they are made, maybe make increased use of the Council notes as well.
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  • Executive Support over 7 years ago
    Comment contributed by hard copy.

    When it comes to massive decisions like West Yamba Development, I do not believe that the developers (fat cats) should be the only ones consulted and decisions made purely on money and greed.

    Yamba has many other areas that have been prepared for developing and in which has not been successful in completion, what makes Council believe that ruining West Yamba's floodplain is going to change anything but the natural beauty of the area?
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  • Executive Support over 7 years ago
    Comment contributed by hard copy.

    Consider community input.
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  • Anon over 7 years ago
    Contributed by hard copy:

    Council could look around what works best in various parts of Australia. But also what works best in parts of the world. Council could research which communities here and around the world are happiest, sustainable, low crime – safest, cleanest, best school performance etc. This can be researched.
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  • Anon over 7 years ago
    Comment contributed by hard copy

    Difficult one. A meeting organised at Iluka for comments before last year’s budget had maybe 3 or 4 people with Councillor Karen Toms. People don’t seem to bother. Maybe a questionnaire with the rate notices?
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  • Anon over 7 years ago
    Comment contributed by hard copy

    Rely more on the community for decisions and less on Council staff. More consultations are needed before major decisions are made, the supermarket in Maclean is the most crazy decision ever made.
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  • Anon over 7 years ago
    Comment contributed by hard copy

    More consultation with community.
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  • Anon over 7 years ago
    Comment contributed by hard copy.

    Ask indigenous land Councils what they need to engage their members, Council have an indigenous liaison officer. Biodiversity officer/s engaging with land Councils to see if they would take the young people involved in caring for country programs – help with submission.
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  • Anon over 7 years ago
    Comment contributed by hard copy.

    Go and speak with residents who live nearby to where Council is working.
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  • Anon over 7 years ago
    Comment contributed by hard copy:

    Just get on with it! Fix things, maintain things and allow the river front in Maclean behind the businesses to be used and opened-up attractively (like in BALLINA).
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  • Anon over 7 years ago
    Comment contributed by hard copy.

    Set up a qualified number of key staff members to assist industry and commerce established in the valley, this group must have direct access to Councillors.
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  • Anon over 7 years ago
    Comment contributed by hard copy.

    Establish a small group of staff with a 'can do' attitude to assist industry to develop in the valley: must have access direct to Councillors.
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  • Anon over 7 years ago
    Comment contributed by hard copy.

    We all should have a say.
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  • Anon over 7 years ago
    Comment contributed by hard copy.

    Give ratepayers a couple of free tip services with their rates notice.
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  • Anon over 7 years ago
    Comment contributed by hard copy.

    Reinstate 555 commitees so there are community reps liaising over problems (in their area) in Council. Don't loose all that historic knowledge - it's invaluable.
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