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Community Engagement Policy

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The Community Engagement Policy provides guiding principles, requirements and processes for Council to follow when undertaking community engagement.



Golden Plains Shire Council is seeking public feedback on its Draft Community Engagement Policy as part of its commitment to improve how engagement is undertaken by Council.

At its November Meeting, Council endorsed the Draft Community Engagement Policy to go out for public exhibition and feedback from 26 November 2020 to 11 January 2021.

As part of new requirements introduced under the Local Government Act 2020 (the Act), all councils are required to adopt and maintain a Community Engagement Policy, and have one adopted on or before 1 March 2021. Council’s Draft Policy provides a clear and succinct process that improves Council’s existing practises to ensure deliberative engagement opportunities are well planned, inclusive, accessible and appropriate.

In ensuring compliance with the Act, the Draft Policy has been developed to give effect to the Act’s community engagement principles and define the deliberative engagement practices that will applied to the Community Vision, Council Plan, Financial Plan, Asset Plan and any other engagement processes as determined by Council, including the making of local laws, budget and policy development and strategies.

The Draft Community Engagement Policy is available here. Residents can also request a hard copy of the document at a Council Customer Service Centre at 2 Pope Street, Bannockburn or 19 Heales Street, Smythesdale or by calling 5220 7111.


How you can be involved

How You Can Be Involved: 

Residents are invited to provide written submissions on the Draft Policy until Monday, 11 January 2021. Golden Plains Shire locals can have their say on the Draft Community Engagement Policy, by:

What Happens Next

What Happens Next: 

Council will consider the final documents for adoption at its February 2021 Meeting of Council.


Thursday 26 November - Feedback opens

Monday 11 January 2021 - Feedback closes

February 2021 - Consideration of final document at Council Meeting

Contact Information

5220 7111
Project Category: 
Community Development
Last Updated: 
Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Project Status: 
Updated Project
Feedback on Council's Draft Community Engagement Policy closed on Monday 11 January 2021.

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Council acknowledges the traditional Wadawurrung owners of this land. Council pays its respects to Wadawurrung Elders both past and present and extends that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People who are part of Golden Plains Shire.