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Community Engagement Strategy

Community participation and engagement

The Local Government Act 1993 outlines a clear commitment to community participation and consultation in major planning and decision-making processes of Council.

We are committed to undertaking quality engagement to ensure our community are informed and we understand what matters most to them — now and into the future.

Delivering a best-practice approach to engagement means:

  • ensuring our community has better access to and understanding of information
  • increased participation, allowing for a range of voices to be heard
  • stronger community connections and trust.

Community Engagement Strategy

The Community Engagement Strategy reflects our commitment to involving our community in effective engagement that actively shapes and influences the future of the Port Stephens area. This Strategy is divided into 2 parts:

Section 1: Our community engagement approach and principles across a range of Council functions. This section is required under section 402 of the Local Government Act 1993: The council must establish and implement a strategy (its community engagement strategy), based on social justice principles, for engagement with the local community when developing the community strategic plan.

Section 2: Community participation plan. This section is a new requirement under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act). These changes now provide a single document where the community can access all of Council’s community participation requirements under the planning legislation, including all minimum mandatory requirements. It sets out how and when we will engage the community across our planning functions under the EP&A Act.