What is community engagement?

    Community consultation and engagement happens when Maribyrnong City Council seeks input from the community when developing or changing Council plans, strategies, policies and service delivery. Council uses a variety of ways to hear from the community, including workshops, popup activities, surveys, and online activities.

    Why does Council need a Community Engagement Policy?

    The new Local Government Act 2020) (enacted in March 2020) requires all Victorian local governments to develop a community engagement policy. Following the development of the policy, Council will update its existing guidelines and resources to further enhance engagement practice and community participation in decision making processes.

    What does a Community Engagement Policy do?

    The Community Engagement Policy will assist Council in developing a consistent approach to community engagement, and will meet the legislative requirements outlined in the new Local Government Act 2020.

    The Community Engagement Policy will include:

    •Council's commitment to community engagement

    •Community engagement principles that will guide Council's approach to effective community engagement

    •Roles and responsibilities for community engagement

    •Other relevant information as required by the Local Government Act 2020.

    Why should I contribute to this project?

    Your participation will help ensure Maribyrnong City Council approach to engagement is based on the feedback of the Maribyrnong community and stakeholders.

    We are interested in hearing from all community and stakeholders, regardless of whether you have or have not taken part in engagement with Council before.

    How can I have my say?

    The proposed Community Engagement Policy is open for public comment from 8 December 2020 to 20 January 2021

    Feedback can be made in the following ways:

    • Survey: Use the Survey form below.
    • Join the Maribyrnong City Council Community Voice Panel - 'Maribyrnong Matters'. The panel is open to everyone from all ages and backgrounds who are interesting in helping shape the future of our community and support Council decision-making. The initial focus of the panel will be to guide the development of Engagement Policy and the Council Plan over a period of around six months from December 2020 to June 2021.