Policy sets public input in stone

COMMUNITY input into Council decision-making and a long-term vision for the Lockyer Valley was set in stone last week with Council's endorsement of a Community Engagement Policy.

Lockyer Valley Mayor Steve Jones said the policy formalised Council's long-standing commitment to involving residents in decisions that affected them.

“This policy mandates the community's engagement and involvement,” Cr Jones said.

“It makes sure residents have opportunities to contribute to decision-making by setting out the practices Council must adopt; it makes sure community engagement is properly planned and implemented in a consistent manner across the organisation.”

Cr Jones said the objective of the policy was effective and efficient community engagement that delivered quality decision-making and a long-term vision for the region.

“Community engagement doesn't replace Council's decision-making role, it complements it,” he said.

“Although the responsibility for final decisions will continue to rest with Council, making sure we listen to the views of the community and that they are considered and incorporated at every stage, from policy development through to planning and decision-making, should help us to achieve our goal of outcomes that are effective, sustainable and supported by the community.”

Cr Jones said he expected the Policy to result in a productive ‘conversation' between Council and the community.

The Community Engagement Policy gives Lockyer Valley a firm grounding as the Council winds up to engage the community in the development of the region's Community Plan.

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