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Policy confirms commitment to Community Engagement

Policy confirms commitment to Community Engagement

Wednesday, December 20, 2023

A renewed emphasis on hearing from the City of Whittlesea’s diverse community is the focus of the City of Whittlesea’s updated Community Engagement Policy 2023-2027.

The Policy was endorsed by Council on 19 December 2023 and is an update to the A Voice for All: Community Engagement Policy 2021.

Chair Administrator Lydia Wilson said the updated policy would support the continued development of Council’s community engagement beyond the minimum requirements of the Local Government Act 2020 (Vic).

“We are committed to providing genuine and meaningful community engagement and hearing from the voices of our community on projects, plans and activities that impact them,” she said.

“This policy provides the framework for us to grow and develop this important function of Council.”

Lydia said community engagement was vital for good governance.

“Ensuring our community have the opportunity to have their say and that Council considers this as part of its decision-making means that we can remain transparent and informed in the decisions we make on behalf of community,” she said.

The Community Engagement Policy 2023-2027 outlines the City of Whittlesea’s specific commitment to engage as well as articulating focus areas for this iteration of the policy including:

  • further developing our consultation practices with under-represented cohorts
  • continuing to evolve our journey towards more deliberative practices.

We are a diverse community and we need to ensure that we are hearing from a diverse range of people from different age groups, different abilities and different cultural backgrounds to make sure our engagement is representative of our community,” she said.

“We also want to embed more deliberative practices which means ensuring people have the time and information they need to provide meaningful, in-depth feedback.”

The final Policy was endorsed following community consultation which included community-based pop-ups at a range of locations including citizenship ceremonies, festivals and events, libraries and community centres and an online survey. Consultation also took place with key stakeholder groups.

You can view the Community Engagement Policy 2023-2027 on Council’s website or at