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Do you participate in a community reference group?

almost 7 years ago

Do you participate in a community reference group?  Tell us your thoughts.

  • What do you like about being in the group?
  • Are you satisfied with the outcomes?
  • What could be improved?

Recent comments from community reference group members include:

  • “Residents need to feel like we are supported by our Council. We need to feel like we are listened to.”
  • "We are actively involved and focused. We can see that something is getting done."
  • “Like workshop activities and not just updates.”

Do you participate in a community reference group?  Tell us your thoughts.

  • What do you like about being in the group?
  • Are you satisfied with the outcomes?
  • What could be improved?

Recent comments from community reference group members include:

  • “Residents need to feel like we are supported by our Council. We need to feel like we are listened to.”
  • "We are actively involved and focused. We can see that something is getting done."
  • “Like workshop activities and not just updates.”

The community reference groups Council currently work with include the St Clair, Henley Precinct, Woodville West, Coastal and Bowden Development Reference Groups.

This consultation has concluded.

  • jimbo almost 7 years ago
    Yes I am a member of the Henley Square Precinct Reference Group.The Terms of Reference I agree with and this will be a good trial Model for future selected interest projects.These meetings of this group needed a co coordinator and full credit to Council for taking up the resident members request.I have a concern that this Reference Group could become over loaded and used more as a means of justifying Council decisions as opposed to initiating ideas......e.g. Late Night Venues Henley Square.I am also a member of WACRA and the Community Engagement Group who met Council 18 months ago proposing significant change in the Engagement Process's of Council. Our concerns have been met in part however it is obvious that a number of elected members are not supportive of a more open and engaging process and things have come to a halt with far more emphasis placed on personal and vindictive behavior within the Council Chamber which is most unhelpful.
    • Albatros almost 7 years ago
      I was a member of a Commmunity Reference Group that has been disbanded due to the project moving into a second phase, did I agree with the terms of Reference ? there were some parts of it that I did but there were other parts that appeared to use the participants as a media source to thier groups and to report back. As a resident I'd rather leave a legacy to the future generations than a liability you do not have to go far in the City of Charles Sturt to see that there has been industry before housing whose actions of dumping chemicals on site was common practise, well before any EPA Act was considered. The EPA website itself has a record of ongoing incidents of chemical contamination with a report completed last year (2011) and several letters going to residents in the area warning them of contamination, am I satisfied with the outcomes, for those employed on site yes, for a general cleaning up of the area yes, for the reclaimed resource I can't help feeling that we have left a liability for Council and future generations. Change Jimbo is not the challenge we like to be involved in it means re assessment of relationships, re assessment of how we go about doing what we have done without question and being identified as accountable for what we say and do in the Council Chambers and indiduals react in different ways those that do not change either gain a reputation or band together and vote in block to survive, residents will have thier say at the next Council Elections.