Gawler 2012-13 Annual Report - page 66

Town of Gawler Annual Report 2012/13
Page 66
introduction • summary • strategic directions •
statutory information
• index
Public Participation
Council Meetings
Members of the public have a number of opportunities to
express their views on particular issues before Council.
a) Deputations – People wishing to appear at a meeting of
Council, or Committee, must make a written request to the
Chief Executive Officer, no later than 2 weeks prior to the
meeting date. The request must include a summary of the
deputation.
b) Petitions – Written petitions (including letters of multiple
signatories) can be addressed to the Council on any
issue within the Council’s jurisdiction. The recommended
petition format is published on Council’s website.
c) Written Requests – A member of the public can write
to the Council regarding any Council policy, activity or
service.
d) Elected Members – Members of the public can contact
the Elected Members of the Council to discuss any issue
relevant to Council.
e) Public Open Forum – is held at the commencement
of each ordinary Council Meeting to encourage direct
communication between the public and Council. There
is a twenty minute open segment to make statements
or ask questions. The time available will be allocated to
speakers on an equal basis with provision of a maximum
five minutes per speaker. Therefore if five (5) people want
to participate, then a maximum of four (4) minutes each
will be allocated. The Mayor will ask at the meeting for the
names of people wishing to participate.
f) Staff Members – Members of the public can contact
Council staff to discuss any issue relevant to Council.
Public Consultation Policy
The purposes of this Policy is to outline the principles
and procedures that Council will follow to involve the
community in planning and decision making in the local
area, and to ensure accountability of the Council to
the community through effective communication and
consultation strategies.
The principles underpinning this policy are:
• The community has a right to be involved in, and
informed about, decisions affecting their area.
• Community involvement in Council decision making
will result in greater confidence in the Council and
responsible decision making.
• Council decision making should be open, transparent
and accountable.
• The Council recognises that the level of consultation
with the community will vary depending on the
community interest in the topic, the number of persons
potentially affected by the topic and the requirements
for consultation set out in the Act for specific topics.
• The Council’s desire to balance community views
and interests with the other influences such as
budgetary constraints.
• The community has a right to be informed and to
influence decisions which affect their lives.
Council consultation involves seeking and receiving
feedback, as well as providing information. Consultation
with residents can take a variety of forms including:
a) hand delivered or posted circular letters
b) letters personally addressed to individuals, including
questionnaires
c) street meetings or local area meetings
d) various pamphlets or publications
e) telephone sample surveys
Strategic Management
Disaster preparedness & response
Emergency response
Project Management
Risk Management
Strategic planning
Technology and Communication
Information technology
Mapping
Website/online services
Traffic Management
Parking facilities
Parking restriction enforcement
Road closures
Traffic management
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