Community Engagement Policy 2023

The policy was endorsed at the August Council meeting.


At the August Council meeting, Council endorsed the revised Community Engagement Policy.

View the Community Engagement Policy(PDF, 250KB)

Thanks to everyone who provided feedback on the draft Community Engagement Policy. Your feedback informed the final document endorsed by Council. You can read a summary of community input here(PDF, 215KB).

In recent years, Council has sought detailed feedback and input from Surf Coast communities and stakeholders around their experience, expectations and preferences relating to Council’s community engagement processes.

This existing community input has been reviewed and used to refine an updated draft Community Engagement Policy document:

  • Communications and Community Engagement Strategy (2021 & 2022)

The development of this strategy included two detailed phases of community engagement during 2021 and 2022. YOu can read the community feedback and input here: Engagement Findings Report - Communications and Community Engagement Strategy 2022-25(PDF, 239KB)

  • People Place Future (2021)

The People Place Future Community Panel was made up of a representative group of community members from across the Shire. Working together over a series of workshops, the Panel deliberated on many local issues and compiled a report to inform the Council Plan, including a community vision. View the report here: People Place Future - Final Panel Report 2021(PDF, 212KB)

Council uses the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Spectrum of Public Participation to guide the planning and implementation of engagement processes.