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

Local Community Conversations - Oct/Nov 2019

We re-visited 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. 

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


Where we visited

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