Has the government ever asked your opinion or engaged your community in decision making?
Across all levels of government (traditionally) there has been a lack of engagement with the public and communities in decision making . . . . whether that be in policy making, or with regards to services and projects in your local area. NSW sees this as an issue to address, and in their 2021 initiative they have set a goal to restore accountability of government through improved community involvement.
To provide a bit of background on the NSW 2021 initiative, it is a government agenda that maps out change in NSW with plans to “rebuild the economy, return quality services, renovate infrastructure, restore accountability to Government, and strengthen our local environment and communities”.
A great example of where this is starting to come into fruition in NSW is with Marrickville Council and their engagement with the local community in maintaining and developing public assets. Marrickville have recently implemented a deliberative democracy engagement process, which entails identifying the local priorities for investment in new projects in addition to understanding the quality of infrastructure that the community pays for. This has all been achieved through the development of an effective engagement framework.
We are lucky enough to be hosting Prue Foreman (Communications & Engagement Coordinator) and Brooke Martin (Manager Infrastructure Planning & Property) both from Marrickville Council to discuss this framework and the implementation of their engagement process at our upcoming Local Government Asset Management conference in March this year.