Council’s 24/7 online consultation hub received a record 22,500 visitors during May.
Council Administrator Rik Hart thanked the community for engaging on Council matters, taking the time to read information materials and provide considered feedback.
“We have had really important projects open for consultation this year including Council’s Draft Operational Plan, Asset Sales and Reclassification Program, the Special Variation for rates, the Central Coast Integrated Water Resource Plan and IPART water, sewer and stormwater prices, plus a Constitutional Referendum Poll and a number of community and environment projects,” Mr Hart said.
“Our community’s voice contributes towards Council’s decision-making, helping us to understand community needs and aspirations, identify challenges and opportunities, and assist with improved outcomes. It is important our community has their say about the places where they live and also on matters important to the region.
“The decisions may not always be agreeable to everyone, but everyone’s voice will be considered as best we can.”
Council Director Corporate Affairs and Chief Financial Officer, Natalia Cowley emphasised Council’s rigorous engagement processes.
“Every survey response or feedback submission we receive from the community is individually reviewed and forms part of the report back to Council alongside a recommended direction for the project, plan or initiative. We also seek to ensure that a balanced view from our community is presented,” Ms Cowley said.