Council and Community Committees Working Together
Community committees are a key ongoing element of council’s engagement strategies, both elected members and council staff put a high value on the importance of these relationships.
In the domain of community governance, local committees are very important vehicles for engaging community; and gaining sustained community input into local decision making, and in the understanding ‘grass roots’ issues.
Community committees enable council to seek information and to consult in an authentic way with local people; for advice, issue resolution, public management; and on other relevant topics.
Good working relationships, clear points of contact and regular feedback, provide council and the community the opportunity to work together to achieve outcomes for the public good.
A positive working relationship with local community organisations and stakeholders creates mutual opportunities and benefits for all concerned.
Expectations of local government have changed considerably in the last 20 years, and community members engage with their local leaders through multiple channels.
Traditional methods such as phone and face-to-face contact remain important, but email and social media also play a role in information provision and dissemination.
The legislation requiring council to consult with local communities and other stakeholders is clear.
Council is committed to building and sustaining working relationships with communities and their representative committees in concert with stakeholders and other tiers of government.
Council is also committed to building partnerships and elevating issues to appropriate bodies, e.g. the most recent successful drought funding bid was a result of consultation and representation by local mayors to state and federal governments.
Furthermore, consultation and cooperation with ‘grass roots’ community committees has led to outcomes in the expenditure of the funding, in line with needs and aspirations.
Achieving outcomes for council takes a concerted effort by all; to ultimately bring forward matters of ‘grass roots’ concerns from community to the relevant tiers of government.
It is crucial that the many views of a diverse community are brought forward and represented in a democratic process that is transparent; demonstrating good governance, authenticity and innovative practice.
Communities in crisis require urgent attention.
It is essential council staff and elected members, together with other tiers of government work collaboratively across the region; to ensure that matters of importance receive the attention they deserve, and are managed appropriately and equitably.
Council is committed to working with community, and whilst there are always issues and challenges that present in all manner of forms; it is the role of council to provide leadership, and to model respectful, transparent, equitable and democratic ways of working.
Goyder’s commitment to strategic and business plans into the future are a direct result of ongoing community consultation. These have been developed to facilitate the ongoing sustainability of its communities and the infrastructure that supports them into the future.
Elected members, together with council staff continue their ongoing work with and for community and representative committees; to capacity build, to develop economically, to innovate, to seek ongoing efficiencies, and to strive for cooperation across the region in collaboration with all tiers of government.