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Community Engagement Strategy adopted
Greater Shepparton City Council adopted its Community Engagement Strategy at its Ordinary Council Meeting today.The strategy guides the Council in any engagement processes undertaken with the community.
Greater Shepparton Deputy Mayor Kevin Ryan said the strategy includes information on different methods of engagement and how best to use the methods.
"Council trialed the strategy through our council plan and budget engagement process this year and we found it to be very effective," Cr Ryan said.
"As a result of utilising methods from the community engagement strategy we received more than 600 responses on the council plan, which is a huge increase on the 20 submissions received on the 2004-2008 plan.
"Also included with the strategy is a toolkit, which includes more detailed information on different methods of engagement.
"Any engagement undertaken by Council in the future should be guided by this strategy and toolkit.
"It is important that Council engages with the public as often as necessary to gauge their opinion on issues and projects of interest.
"We were extremely pleased by the latest Community Satisfaction survey results, which shows that our community satisfaction index relating to community engagement increased by seven points, from 56 in 2008 to 63 in 2009.
This survey was conducted towards the end of the council plan engagement process and shows just how successful and well received it was."
The Community Engagement Strategy can be accessed from Council's website www.greatershepparton.com.au.
- Released 7 July