Why be involved?

    • As a Panel member you will be able to contribute to a whole range of initiatives and services over a period of time. 
    • You will become better informed about the Council decision-making process and the topics Council is consulting the community about. 
    • You will be able to choose to be more involved in areas that you are interested or experienced in – like environmental issues, the local economy, or mental health. 
    • You will be kept updated about the progress of the projects you engaged with.

    How does the community panel assist the Council?

    • It can be said that community engagement is at the heart of what a council is designed to do. 
    • It supports public involvement in Council decision-making, relationship building and community strengthening.
    • It is successfully implemented when the community is and feels part of the process. Done well it ensures integrity and builds trust in Council processes.


    How is the panel selected?

    • There is no selection process. Everyone is welcome. We genuinely want to hear from as many people representing our diverse communities as want to speak to us.
    • When you join, we will ask some demographic questions - your age, gender and language spoken at home. Knowing a little about our panelists helps ensure we are talking to the diverse communities that make up our community. 
    •  We don’t need your home address or phone number, but we will need an email address so we can keep in touch with you.


    How often will we contact you?

    The Community Panel is intended to be a long-term initiative. Members can stay as long as they like. We’ll check in with you every year to see if you wish to leave the forum. 

    We’ll be in touch at key points over a six month period to gain the Panel’s insights with the majority of engagement timed for December 2020, February 2021 and April/May 2021.

    Ongoing engagement will happen when key plans and projects need community input. This is likely to be once a month, but will depend on the kinds of issues you nominate an interest in.