Through the facilitation and support of 355c advisory committees of Council and interagency forums, Council endeavours to build community capacity in partnership with a wide cross section of stakeholders.
Interested and committed individual community members, community groups and service providers get the opportunity to contribute advice through Council's committees on a range of planning and operational matters.
Through interagency forums, community capacity is encouraged by the sharing of ideas, information and facilitation of partnership. These forums are generally open to organisations who have an interest in helping make Port Stephens a great place to live.
Council offers a range of award programs to recognise those who make a positive contribution to our community.
Building your community
A range of community forums are facilitated by Council for government and non-government sectors of the community to share information and work collectively towards a better future for everyone in Port Stephens.
The Community Directory is your guide to non profit, local groups and services in the Port Stephens region.
Creating a safer community is a key priority for Council. In Council’s Community Integrated Plans 2013-2023, the community engagement strategy identified community safety and as one of the five high priorities.
Community Strategic Plan
The Integrated Plans comprise the Community Strategic Plan, the Council's Delivery Program and Operational Plan. These are for ten years, four years and one year respectively.
Council offers a range of options for residents in the LGA who are genuinely in need of financial assistance.
Grants and Scholarships
Port Stephens Council has a variety of annual community grants available for residents and community groups to fund a range of projects.
Have your say
Council is committed to involving our community in activities that actively shape and influence the future of the area. This is done in a number of ways, through regular newsletters, forums and drop in information sessions.
Port Stephens is a diverse community, made up of people with various cultural backgrounds, ages, genders, family and household structures, incomes and education levels. Council's vision is to support all people to be connected, engaged, included, safe and healthy.
Public Health and Safety
The health and safety of our community is a key priority for Council. In Council’s Community Integrated Plans, the community engagement strategy identified community safety and as one of the five high priorities.