Sharing ideas to shape the future of community engagement

The City of Newcastle (CN) will bring together 100 people from all walks of life to help determine how the voice of the community can be better heard to guide the future of the city.

“Your Newcastle, Your Voice” is a public workshop taking place at the Wallsend Library on October 15 as part of an initiative to inform CN’s new four-year community engagement strategy.

Newcastle Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said CN’s approach to engagement was based on inclusivity, transparency and responsiveness and the new strategy would build on this to ensure all Novocastrians feel part of the Board’s decision-making process.

“By involving the community in the development of our community engagement strategy, CN will better understand how the community wants to engage, but also if there are any barriers to participation in providing feedback that will help us adapt our approach,” said Cr Nelmes.

“We are committed to meaningful consultation beyond any legal requirements, as we recognize the immense value of early community engagement to achieve better planning results.”

Earlier this year, CN released its community strategic plan, Newcastle 2040, which was developed based on feedback from 4,500 people from a broad representation of the community who shared their aspirations and priorities for the future. from Newcastle.

“Whether it’s developing key strategies like Newcastle 2040 or major projects like the Newcastle Ocean Baths upgrade, we achieve better results with the community actively engaging in decision-making,” said Credit Nelmes.

“We want everyone in our community to have the opportunity to shape the future of this city and through the ‘Your Newcastle, Your Voice’ workshop, we will hear directly from the community on the best ways to do this. ”

Using a series of case studies from past projects, the ‘Your Newcastle, Your Voice’ workshop will solicit feedback from community participants on what has worked and where CN can improve engagement with the community.

The ‘Your Newcastle, Your Voice’ community workshop will be held on Saturday 15 October from 10am to 1pm at the Wallsend Library. The community can express their interest in participating in the workshop via the City of Newcastle website.

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