Kempsey Council vote in favour of "community catch-ups" to increase community engagement in the Shire

Kempsey Shire Councillors have voted in favour of community catch-ups to be held in towns and villages in the area.

The concept, raised as a notice of motion by Cr and deputy mayor Ashley Williams at Tuesday’s meeting, would see the less formal meetings with community members held quarterly as part of council’s communications strategy, which is currently being prepared.

The catch-ups, which would aim to visit towns and villages around the Shire over a two year period, would require participation from senior staff and councillors and could involve inspections and on-site briefings from staff.

The meetings also hold the possibility that council could meet with community groups working on partnership projects and hold a community discussion forum on relevant local topics that are pre-prepared.

In Cr Williams’ motion, he wrote that the meetings should be considered further in context of the overall communications strategy, due to the time and cost in staff coordination the meetings would result in.  

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