Council’s series of Place-Based Advisory Groups – established in 2019 under a new Community Engagement Policy – have been meeting throughout 2020/2021 and providing important input on various projects and decision-making.
Dardanup Shire President Mick Bennett said the Community Engagement Policy and its associated Advisory Groups recognised an increased expectation from the community for more direct involvement in Council decision-making.
Cr Bennett said not only was greater transparency and engagement with our community expected, it was also good business practice for Council.
“Successful engagement can improve strategic planning and service delivery, ensuring that Council is addressing the priorities of the community while increasing community support and collaboration,” Cr Bennett said.
At its September meeting, Council reaffirmed the Terms of Reference for its Advisory Groups including the following place-based groups:
- Eaton Advisory Group
- Burekup Advisory Group
- Dardanup Advisory Group
- Ferguson Valley Advisory Group
- Wanju & Waterloo Advisory Group
Over the past 18 months, the Eaton, Burekup, Dardanup and Ferguson Valley advisory groups have reviewed and provided input on Community Facilities Plans for each of their respective areas which set out short, medium and longer term priorities.
Since endorsed, Council has so far delivered on the following projects identified in CFPs with several other major projects still underway:
- New Dardanup Centrals Bush Fire Brigade Building;
- Starting soon: Dardanup Civic Precinct landscaping Stage 1; Wells Recreation Park Changerooms and Clubrooms.
- Russell Road carpark upgrade in front of River Valley Primary School;
- New Pathway along Crampton Avenue linking Clarke Street to Shier Reserve;
- BMX track fencing
- Finishing soon: Burekup Entry Statement
- Watson Reserve footpath and boardwalk upgrades;
- Finishing soon: Eaton Skatepark; Eaton Bowling Club/Senior Citizens Centre; Pratt Road carpark.
- Waterloo Bushfire Brigade Building;
- Gnomesville Public Toilets;
- Gnomesville Boardwalk and pathways;
- Starting soon: Ferguson Valley Public Art Trail.
Advisory Group meetings are conducted in a positive and respectful manner where differences of perception and opinions are welcomed and where fact and accuracy are paramount. Invitations to join the relevant advisory groups will be advertised in November.
If you are passionate about your community and want to get involved please make sure that you nominate onto an advisory group.
Agendas and Notes from all of Council’s Place-Based and Topic-Based Advisory Groups can be found on this page of our website.