Gawler 2013-14 Annual Report - page 60

Town of GawlerAnnual Report 2013/14
Page60
introduction • summary • strategic directions •
statutory information
• index
PublicParticipation
Council Meetings
Members of thepublic have a number of opportunities to
express their views on particular issues beforeCouncil.
a) Deputations –Peoplewishing toappear at ameetingof
Council, or Committee, must make awritten request to
theChief ExecutiveOfficer, no later than 2weeks prior
to themeeting date. The request must include a summary
of the deputation.
b) Petitions –Writtenpetitions (including letters of multiple
signatories) canbe addressed to theCouncil on any issue
within theCouncil’s jurisdiction. The recommended petition
format is published onCouncil’swebsite.
c) WrittenRequests –Amember of the public canwrite
to theCouncil regarding anyCouncil policy, activity or
service.
d) ElectedMembers –Members of the public can contact
theElectedMembers of theCouncil to discuss any issue
relevant toCouncil.
e) PublicOpenForum – is held at the commencement
of each ordinaryCouncil Meeting to encourage direct
communicationbetween thepublic andCouncil. There
is a twentyminute open segment tomake statements
or ask questions. The time availablewill be allocated to
speakers onan equal basiswith provision of amaximum
fiveminutes per speaker. Therefore if five (5) peoplewant
toparticipate, then amaximum of four (4)minutes each
will beallocated. TheMayor will ask at themeeting for the
names of peoplewishing to participate.
f) Staff Members –Members of the public can contact
Council staff to discuss any issue relevant toCouncil.
PublicConsultationPolicy
The purposes of thisPolicy is to outline the principles
and procedures that Council will follow to involve the
community in planning and decisionmaking in the local
area, and toensure accountability of theCouncil 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 inCouncil decisionmaking
will result in greater confidence in theCouncil and
responsible decisionmaking.
• Council decisionmaking should be open, transparent
and accountable.
• TheCouncil recognises that the level of consultation
with the communitywill vary depending on the
community interest in the topic, thenumber of persons
potentially affected by the topic and the requirements
for consultation set out in theAct for specific topics.
• TheCouncil’s desire to balance community views
and interestswith the other influences such as
budgetary constraints.
• The community has a right to be informed and to
influence decisionswhich affect their lives.
Council consultation involves seeking and receiving
feedback, aswell 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 areameetings
d) various pamphlets or publications
e) telephone sample surveys
StrategicManagement
Disaster preparedness& response
Emergency response
Project Management
RiskManagement
Strategic planning
Technology andCommunication
Information technology
Mapping
Website/online services
TrafficManagement
Parking facilities
Parking restriction enforcement
Road closures
Trafficmanagement
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