Community participation in Council processes should be a critical component of our local democracy.
Council should hear the community’s views and seek to respond to them accordingly.
Our Council has recently made decisions which didn’t reflect community values or sentiment.
Community intervention could have stopped those mistakes.
The provision of an opportunity for community members to participate in Council Meetings by way of asking questions is important to permit for an acceptable level of transparency and accountability to be generated.
Facilitating and encouraging public participation instils confidence in local government and a closer relationship between government and the community.
The fact our Council meetings don’t contain an opportunity for residents to ask questions about issues of important is unacceptable.
We are the third largest council area in the country and our region is vast. The fact our Council meetings aren’t live streamed online is just unacceptable.
It’s 2019 the average person can hit a single button on their phone and livestream the world.
I’m calling on Council to let residents ask questions, I’m calling on Council to live stream it’s meetings, I’m calling on Council to hold at least one meeting a month at 7pm in the evening.
It’s time to get a real regional council working for all of us.