Community Advisory Panel
Waratah-Wynyard's Community Advisory Panel is just one of the ways the Waratah-Wynyard community can participate in the Council’s strategic, policy and decision making processes. The Community Advisory Panel will have broad representation from business operators, property owners, residents, workers, visitors, students and regional stakeholders
Members of the Community Advisory Panel will help Council make important decisions about key matters for the municipal area by taking part in surveys, questionnaires, online polls, workshops, focus groups, public meetings, forums and consultations. The issues about which we will be seeking their views may be very specific, that is, around a single issue or very broad and strategic in nature.
We will be seeking to engage participants either as randomly selected groups representative of the broader community or in accordance with their particular experience, knowledge and interests. Participation will be voluntary and based on their availability.
Members will ensure that the voice of the community is heard and will help Council to understand community views on particular issues. The Community Advisory Panel will be a diverse group who help represent the people of the Waratah-Wynyard Municipal Area by having their say about issues affecting our community.
The Community Advisory Panel will not be a formal decision-making body, but rather a source of information and advice which will assist Council to better understand the community's needs and wants, and plan for the future.
Members can be involved as little or as much as they like. There are no minimum engagement requirements: the Community Advisory Panel will be an “opt-in” process.
People will be eligible to become a member of the Waratah-Wynyard Community’ Panel if they fall into any one or more of the following categories:
Resident – anyone who lives within the Waratah-Wynyard Municipal Area;
- Business Owner - anyone who owns or operates a business or social enterprise within Waratah-Wynyard;
- Property Owner – anyone who owns a property within Waratah-Wynyard;
- Worker - anyone who undertakes paid work within Waratah-Wynyard;
- Volunteer – anyone who undertakes voluntary work within the Waratah-Wynyard;
- Young people – anyone under the age of 16 needs parental permission to take part;
- Visitor – anyone who lives outside of Waratah-Wynyard and have visited in the last 12 months for any reason e.g. to visit university, to shop, eat out, stay overnight, and/or attend entertainment; or
- Regional Stakeholder – anyone who has an interest in Waratah-Wynyard or surrounding areas.
Elected members and employees of Waratah-Wynyard Council are not eligible to be a member of the panel
The Community Advisory Panel will enable Council to:
- Better understand the needs and aspirations of the community;
- Involve members of the community in decision-making processes;
- Empower the community to have their say on issues that affect them;
- Make informed strategic and corporate planning decisions;
- Increase transparency and accountability in decision making;
- Plan services to meet the community's needs and expectations;
- Find out what is important to the community;
- Monitor the effectiveness of our services;
- Improve services;
- Create a greater feeling of community through building strong relationships with residents; and
- Create better governance through transparency for development and monitoring of policies, strategies and services.
Panel participants’ details will be kept on a secure database and will not be shared with anyone else. Participants’ details will only be used for specific consultation activities and will not be used for any other purpose. Panel participants’ identity will not be revealed to third parties within or outside Council without permission. Any views expressed will be collated with those of other panel participants and not individually identified.
Communication will be predominantly by mail, email, internet or social media, although there will be occasions when face to face meetings will be appropriate... Council will provide feedback to panel members on each consultation, and what strategy, policy or operational decisions Council has made as a result of the input of panel members.
Please read the full Community Advisory Panel Terms of Refence(206 kb) here.
If you are interested in joining the panel please fill in the subscription form.