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Community Engagement Strategy: Introduction

Introduction

This Community Engagement Strategy is based on input from the current Councillors, senior staff and from some managers. The collective belief is that the rise of digital information and communication technologies makes possible a new environment for community engagement and more use should be made of them to engage the community with the proviso that no sector of the community be disadvantaged.

In the development of this Community Engagement Strategy, the input from the Internet Coordinator was particularly valuable in relation to e-engagement strategies. The Strategy is primarily based on experience and also on research. Source material from several Councils is acknowledged; Bayside, Cairns, Hawkesbury, Maribyrnong, Onkaparinga, Rockdale and Woollahra; along with the Local Government Association of South Australia, Premier’s Department of Western Australia, the International Association of Public Participation and the Australian Government Information Office.

Mosman’s Community Engagement Strategy is intended to harness the benefits of on-line engagement whilst retaining the best of print and face-to-face consultation. It contains three key strategies – inform, consult, involve – and is underpinned by a set of principles.

Published 2009 by Mosman Council under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 2.5 Australia licence