Community engagement

Community engagement is a top priority for our community and for Council.

Our Community Engagement Policy outlines the ways in which Council will inform, seek input from and involve the community in Council planning and decision-making. 

Why engage?

Community engagement ensures that community members affected by a Council decision have a genuine opportunity to be informed of, and provide input into, the decision-making process.

All residents of the Byron Shire are welcome to participate. We encourage you to use your knowledge and personal experience to help us develop solutions to the problems and issues that affect you.

How do we engage and consult?

Council’s community engagement might include:

  • a stall at a market to talk to residents about an issue
  • hosting a series of design workshops about a new plan
  • posting a survey about park equipment online via our dedicated engagement platform, Your Say Byron Shire

We do our best, within our resources, to find the most suitable ways to reach stakeholders and the general community to ask for their views.

Nearly all of our community engagement projects will be listed on our Public Notices page or at Your Say Byron Shire.  

Deliberative democracy - the Byron Model and Community Solutions Panels

Deliberative democracy is another form of community engagement.  It's an opportunity for Council to hear from a broader cross-section of the community and to think about decision-making from a new perspective and to apply Community-Led Governance.  

To date we have run two citizens juries (we call them 'Community Solutions Panels') and through this process developed our own Byron Model of Democracy which we are trialling.