What is community engagement?
Engagement is about asking the community to help Council make better decisions. Engagement allows Council to benefit from the local knowledge of the community, creating shared visions and commitment to solutions.
Council has a Community Engagement Policy that commits us to engaging the community, seeking opportunities to inform the community, develop community partnerships and seek community input into decision making.
What kind of community engagement activities does Council run?
We design each engagement activities to fit the needs of the project and the affected community. We may offer a combination of online discussions, surveys, kiosks/stalls at community events such as street fairs, drop-in information sessions or workshops. Some people don't have time to come to a face-to-face engagement and some people aren't interested in using computers. You can participate in whichever way suits you best.
Can I have my say if I don't want to fill in a survey or join a discussion forum?
What happens to my feedback and suggestions?
All community feedback is considered by Council. Responses to engagement projects are compiled and considered. When projects are reported to Council to make a decision a summary of community feedback will be included. Updates on projects will be included in these pages and elsewhere on Council's website. Sometimes it takes some months to provide feedback to the community and to make a decision as further investigation is often needed. We are listening and we do take your suggestions on board!
How are decisions made?
What information do Councillors, special committees and Council officers use to help them make decisions?
Who are the Councillors making the decisions?
The City of Wollongong local government area is represented by a Council made up of a Lord Mayor and 12 Councillors. Both the Lord Mayor and the Councillors are popularly elected. This means that they are voted in by people on the Commonwealth electoral roll. The City is divided into three areas called Wards, with four Councillors elected from each Ward.
What is the Local Government Act?
The Local Government Act 1993 is New South Wales law that sets out Councils’ responsibilities and how they can operate. It also makes sure that Councils engage with their communities.
Chapter 4 of this Act details the ways that community can influence what Council does.
What are policies and procedures?
Policies and procedures are the rules and processes we follow. They guide our decision-making, actions and how we direct and control the business of Council. All of Council’s current policies can be viewed on the website.