Parkes Shire Council wishes to advise that the Draft Community Engagement Strategy has been prepared in preparation for the new term of Council and Integrated Planning and Reporting activities for the 2022/23 – 2024/25 period.

Council is committed to undertaking meaningful engagement with community and stakeholders and understands that effective community engagement requires an informed and representative group of participants, time for deliberation, and consensus on recommendations on the decision or project

Council's Community Engagement Strategy details this approach including the guiding values and principles for engagement; levels of engagement which are aligned with the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) Spectrum; and the methods of engagement including an action plan for that term of Council.

The Community Engagement Strategy also outlines how the community and stakeholders will be engaged on land use planning and development control matters, including detailing exhibition and notification periods for strategic planning.

To have your say, please review the Draft Community Engagement Strategy and share any comments you have via Council's Your Say Parkes engagement platform.

Alternatively, you can send your comments via email to council@parkes.nsw.gov.au, or by mail to:

The General Manager, Parkes Shire Council PO Box 337 Parkes NSW 2870.

The public exhibition period will conclude close of business Friday 16 April 2021.

Council welcomes and encourages your feedback.