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BCC Candidate Q8of8 - Community Consultation Standards

Submitted by webmaster on Sat, 31/03/2012 - 7:48pm

How will you address Council’s failure to follow best practice community consultation (i.e. as per IAP2 fully developed model attached – and therefore ensure that respect for neighbourhood plans is maintained (rather than having non-consultative changes such as “Corinda as a community hub” rather than Sherwood, 5-storeys where 3-storeys were planned, the Sherwood Bus Depot, and the Nosworthy Park bikeway)?



I always conduct community consultation to keep local residents informed of issues that may affect them.
During my term as the Councillor for the Jamboree Ward, I have written to adjoining landowners in relation to Development Applications lodged with Council, I have conducted public meetings regarding proposed developments and conducted public consultation regarding the installation of footpaths, traffic calming measures and park upgrades.
I am always happy to meet and talk to residents about any issue in the Jamboree Ward.

In my view there is a massive gap between Council's rhetoric about the importance of consultation and what actually happens in practice. Both the Sherwood Graceville Neighbourhood Plan and Sherwood Bus Depot plans were subject to consultation but in hindsight it is clear that Council had made up its mind to proceed at any cost.
In my view this is a failure of leadership, that is of the Lord Mayor, both Quirk and Newman.
The International Association for Public Participation provides a very useful range of consultation processes. Council both as an organisation and through political leadership needs to move from the limited information model currently employed to a collaborative model that engages and partners with the community to achieve desired outcomes wherever possible.
Whatever the model, consultation must be real. Passing on information is not consultation and blaming the community when they don't agree with a proposal, for example, the Nosworthy Park bikeway is petty.
The best possible outcomes can be achieved when a community supports a proposal or project and they have a real voice and impact into how planning and delivery is achieved. I genuinely believe this and try to work to this end in my role as your local Councillor.

When the Neighbourhood Planning process was first introduced, the Council Administration told residents their views would be heard on local planning issues. Disappointingly, this has not been the case. Time and time again we see the Council force through Neighbourhood Plans that bear little resemblance to what the community had asked to see.
I want to get Council back into the business of listening to people and making sure we get planning priorities right. Instead of acting like a mini-state government, I think Council should be undertaking local projects that make a real difference to people’s lives and their communities.
I firmly agree that the best local outcomes are achieved when the local community is actively involved in the decision making process and will pursue genuine engagement with local residents, if elected.

It’s simple - I will ensure that the community is appropriately and fully consulted. Ray Smith’s plan for Better Suburbs Board which will be made up of local representatives will ensure that that the views of the community are heard and that situations such as the Council’s contempt for the views of local residents in building the Bus Depot will never happen again.

Council undertakes consultation for all major local projects. This included neighbourhood plans and public infrastructure provided by Council such as road projects and bikeways. Details on Council's community engagement strategies are available on Council's website.