Community Engagement

We are committed to engaging with our community in a meaningful way to support decision making, plan for projects, and to strengthen our communities. By inviting your participation, we aim to create a sense of belonging, connection and involvement, and ultimately greater ownership of decisions by the whole community. Successful engagement is also about building strong relationships.

While engagement takes place on issues and activities that range in size from small, location-specific projects, to large region-wide projects, our approach is always based on the core values and levels created by the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2).

Your feedback during the engagement process is one important element in our decision making, and is considered in the context of a range of other considerations, such as social impacts, budget parameters, legislation, Council policies and resolutions, environmental impacts and technical and professional advice.

View our Community Engagement Strategy(PDF, 2MB) for more information about our approach, and our Communications Strategy(PDF, 1MB) (PDF, 1MB), which guides the ways we connect with you during engagement activities.

Local Community Conversations schedule - Oct/Nov 2019

We're re-visiting 12 locations across the MidCoast during October and November 2019, following up on our conversations with you earlier this year when you told us what was important for your local community. In these follow-up sessions:

  • Find out how we're delivering on what you told us
  • Ask our leadership team about the activities / initiatives we have happening or being planned in your area
  • Provide us with feedback on your priorities for the coming year

Like last time, the session will run for around 2 hours, and you can either ask your question at the session or lodge it online beforehand. Registering a question or topic of interest (using the form below) not only means we have the correct information on hand to answer you, but ensures those people who can't make it can participate. Based on the feedback from last time, we also recognise that not everyone wants to stand up and ask their question in front of a crowd.

Commonly asked questions or themes for each location will be collated into a Q&A and shared with your community after the session. You can view the Q&As collated through our previous conversations by clicking the concertina below.


Where we are visiting

  • Taree - Council Chambers - Wednesday 6 November, 10am
  • Stroud - School of Arts - RESCHEDULED - Tuesday 10 December, 6pm
  • Tea Gardens - Baptist Church - Tuesday 26 November, 6pm
  • Nabiac - Showground Hall - Thursday 28 November, 6pm

 Ask a question

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Local Community Conversations (Oct/Nov) - Ask a Question

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Previous Conversations

April/May 2019

Old Bar - Club Old Bar - 26 March  - Old Bar Q&A document(PDF, 528KB)

Nabiac - Showground Hall - 28 March - Nabiac Q&A document(PDF, 233KB)

Stroud - School of Arts Hall - 2 April - Stroud Q&A document(PDF, 436KB)

Hallidays Point - Blackhead SLSC - 11 April - Hallidays Point Q&A document(PDF, 271KB)

Taree - Council Chambers - 16 April - Taree Q&A document(PDF, 220KB)

Forster - Council Chambers - 17 April - Forster Q&A document(PDF, 377KB)

Gloucester - Senior Citizens - 17 April - Gloucester Q&A document(PDF, 290KB)

Harrington - Bowling Club - 30 April - Harrington Q&A document(PDF, 288KB)

Bulahdelah - School of Arts Hall - 1 May - Bulahdelah Q&A document(PDF, 230KB)

Pacific Palms - Community Hall - 2 May - Pacific Palms Q&A document(PDF, 365KB)

Wingham - Services Club - 7 May - Wingham Q&A document(PDF, 553KB)

Tea Gardens - Baptist Church - 9 May - Tea Gardens Q&A document(PDF, 275KB)

Community Satisfaction Survey Results

Feedback from consultation programs