New way forward for shire

Jacinta CantatoreHarvey-Waroona Reporter
Harvey shire chief executive officer Annie Riordan said the new format will better facilitate community participation.
Camera IconHarvey shire chief executive officer Annie Riordan said the new format will better facilitate community participation. Credit: Harvey Reporter, Jacinta Cantatore

The way things are done at the Harvey Shire Council are set to change after next month’s local government elections following a vote by the council.

In November the council’s meetings and committee meetings will follow a new structure after the council voted to amend the present framework on Tuesday.

Shire chief executive officer Annie Riordan said the changes would allow easier community participation and more accountability, as well as more informed decision-making because the council would have more time for more discussion and debate before making decisions.

The changes were workshopped by councillors with WALGA staff in July and will bring the shire in line with other local councils in the South West.

“The outcome was that a system of concept forums, agenda briefing and council meetings would be more effective and provide staff the opportunity to discuss strategies and ideas with council,” she said.

“This new format will also better facilitate community participation, as the community will be able to attend agenda briefing forums and council meetings to have their say and better understand the council’s decisions.

“A community engagement policy will also be developed to encourage participation and the community’s input.”

Ms Riordan said the council’s committees were being reviewed in an effort to improve community engagement and inform the council’s decision-making framework.

The new schedule will start with a concept forum on November 5 followed by an agenda briefing session on November 12.

The first ordinary council meeting will be on November 19. The updated meeting schedule will be advertised in the 4 O’clock Report.

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