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Letter to the editor: community engagement

I’VE been going through tonight’s (June 24) Derwent Valley Council meeting agenda for a third time. What really has hit home for me in this one is item 10.7. If you are not familiar with this one, here we go: it is about undertaking a Communications & Engagement Survey.

It is huge, starting off with this quote from the document: “Derwent Valley Council currently does not have a Policy or Standard to conduct community engagement.” A very interesting observation. I did note from last month’s agenda “Monday, 3 May 2021 – Regional Community Forum, Maydena” that there was nothing noted in terms of who from the public attended. I guess a good start would be acknowledging the folk that rock up.

If the two recommendations from the item get up tonight, “the survey will be open from 25 June until 18 July,” and this could be the first example of how we react/participate to the system as it works now.

JAMES T GRAHAM
New Norfolk

One Comment

  1. From the Council’s website…
    The first step is to conduct a Communications and Engagement Survey for community members to tell us how you would like to be informed and consulted on Council projects, plans and initiatives.

    The aims of this survey are:
    * To gain practical input on what you want to hear more of and how we can best deliver that information to you,
    * Assess the value and impact of Council’s communications, and
    * To benchmark communication metrics so we can measure effectiveness over time.

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