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Community members are actively encouraged to phone, email or message ideas, suggestions and concerns they have on services in our community.

Creating Our Future - Esperance 2017-2027

Consultation for the Strategic Community Plan has now closed and the input received is currently being analysed. There were 228 standard surveys recieved and 96 youth surveys in addition to over 400 people attending the various workshops held. Council would like to extend their appreciation to everyone who attended and submitted input, helping to ensure the plan is reflective of our Community's Goals and Aspirations.

A Strategic Community Engagement Program has been set up, this group will be emailed upcoming engagment events, updated information on the process and will also be asked direct questions as more information becomes available through engagement avenues. To subscribe to the Strategic Community Engagement Program please complete the attached link.

Engaging with the community

Community engagement is a fundamental aspect of Council’s role and is an essential element in the planning and delivery of community-focused services. 

The Shire of Esperance is committed to inclusive and comprehensive engagement with its community in recognition of its obligations under the Local Government Act 1995 as they pertain to participation, consultation and engagement.

Council believes this will lead to a stronger sense of community ownership and belonging, both of which are essential to social sustainability and ensuring the broadest community feel welcome, involved and connected to each other. The Shire of Esperance Strategic Community Plan 2012-2022 highlights this commitment with Strategy 4.4:

Actively engage with the community to inform decision making.

Community engagement includes informing, consulting with, involving, collaborating with and empowering the community as advocated by the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) represented in Table 1 below.

Figure 1: IAP2 Public Participation Spectrum

  Inform

 

Consult

 

Involve

 

Collaborate

 

Empower

 

Goal

 

To provide the public with balanced and objective information to assist them in understanding the problems, alternatives and/or solutions.

 

To obtain public feedback on analysis, alternatives and/or decision.

 

To work directly with the public throughout the process to ensure that public issues and concerns are consistently understood and considered.

 

To partner with the public in each aspect of the decision including the development of alternatives and the identification of the preferred solution.

 

To place final decision-making in the hands of the public.

 

Promise to the Community

 

We will keep you informed.

 

We will keep you informed, listen to and acknowledge concerns and provide feedback on how public input influenced the decision.

 

We will work with you to ensure that your concerns and issues are directly reflected in the alternatives developed and provide feedback on how public input influenced the decision.

 

We will look to you for direct advice and innovation in formulating solutions and incorporate your advise and recommendations into the decisions to the maximum extent possible.

 

We will implement what you decide.

 

Example Tools Fact sheets Websites
Open houses
Public comment Focus groups Surveys
Public meetings
Workshops
Deliberate polling
Citizen Advisory committees Consensus-building Participatory decision-making Citizen juries Ballots Delegated decisions
Role of community Listen Contribute Participate Partner Decide