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Draft Community Engagement Policy

We'd like to hear your thoughts and ideas on how you want Council to engage with you.

The Draft Community Engagement Policy (linked above) was endorsed for community feedback at the December Council meeting. Under the new Victorian Local Government Act 2020, this policy must be adopted by 1 March 2021.

Community feedback received before Sunday, 17 January is informing the final version of the draft Policy which will be considered at the February 2021 Council meeting.

Requests for extension of submission closing date

There have been requests for an extension to the closing date for submissions but unfortunately this is not possible.

The State Government requires all Victorian Councils to adopt a new Community Engagement Policy by 1 March 2021.

We realise the importance of properly assessing and including community feedback in the consideration of this draft Policy. Given the constraints of this timeline, the report must be presented to Council at its February 2021 meeting to meet the State Government’s deadline.

The consultation closing date of 17 January we set allows us adequate time to respectfully and accurately process all community feedback, so that it may inform the report and final draft Policy that will be considered by Council. Ideally, we would have preferred a later deadline from the State Government, but we have to work within the boundaries set for us, while delivering the best result possible for our Community. We look forward to receiving your feedback.