Community engagement – have your say

Published on 09 August 2019

Blacktown City Council is inviting residents and businesses to have their say on the best way for Council to communicate and engage with the community.

Blacktown City Mayor Stephen Bali MP said: “Council is transforming Blacktown into a diverse, dynamic and progressive ‘City of Excellence’ and it is vital that we have the best policies and strategies in place to engage the community in this exciting journey.

“It is also of vital importance that the community can have a say in the planning and development approval process.

“Council currently engages with the community in a number of ways including newsletters, community forums, Council’s website, social media and local advertising.

“Council is determined to make sure our engagement and communications with the community is of the highest standard,” Mayor Bali said.

Blacktown City Council has developed a new set of Community Engagement policies and plans and is inviting feedback from residents, community groups and local businesses.

Council is inviting public comment on the following documents:

  • Draft Community Engagement Policy – Council will engage with local communities and key stakeholders to understand their needs and aspirations and to ensure Council’s plans, programs and services reflect these effectively.

  • Draft Community Engagement Strategy - an outline of Council’s community engagement standards, principles and processes that ensure engagement is inclusive, considered and effective.

  • Draft Community Participation Plan for planning and development - includes information about how and when Council engages with the community on planning and development related issues.

These documents are on public display until 22 August 2019. Copies are available at the Blacktown Civic Centre, all Council libraries or on Council’s website: https://www.blacktown.nsw.gov.au/Have-your-say/Have-your-say