Following the recent Community Survey,Northern Areas Council wants to further increase engagement with the local community.
Council is eager to reach the large contingent of about 100 volunteer based not-for-profit groups in the area, with the launch of two new features on their recently updated website.
The features include a Community Contact Register where groups are able to register their current contacts so council is better able to streamline information.
In addition there is an events calendar that will list any upcoming community events, as well as council related events such as meetings and forums through to dog and cat microchipping days.
Community Contact Register enables organisations and groups to submit details online of their office holders and/or key contact people, as well as any facilities they manage that are available for hire by the community.
Organisations and groups are encouraged to log on to www.nacouncil.sa.gov.au and click on the Community Contact Register, to enter and submit their details online.
For those who may not have internet access, please visit or call one of the Northern Areas Council offices at Jamestown, Gladstone or Spalding and the friendly staff will be able to assist you.
As part of the process, council wants to provide regular community updates, to ensure groups within the council area are up to date about upcoming council activities and also the various grant programs which may be available to assist them.
NAC chief executive officer Colin Byles said it can be a challenge for council to be up-to-date with all information.
“With such a large number of volunteer groups in the council area and often changes to the roles of president, secretary and treasurer from one year to the next, it can be a challenge to make sure we have the most up to date information,” Mr Byles said.
“What the register does, is allow each group to provide us with their updated details so that we can make sure we are able to provide regular updates on happenings in the council area, as well as providing key information such as upcoming grant funding opportunities.”
Organisations and groups are also encouraged to submit their upcoming events via the online Events Calendar.
Community events such as annual shows, community fundraisers, charity events, Laura Folk Fair, and community Christmas pageants and parties can then be included.
Council events including council meetings, community forums, dog and cat microchipping, office closure dates over the Christmas period and more, will all be available to the community at a glance, when logging onto the website.