The Bega Valley Shire Council has announced a new program called Councillors in the Community.
Council will host public forums as part of it’s commitment to refining and developing communication and engagement.
The Councillors in the Community program sessions follow from the success of the Meet the Mayor events held throughout 2017. The decision has been taken to adapt and expand on the concept and involve all the elected representatives.
It is an opportunity for the Community to meet the Councillors in a less formal manner.
“It is absolutely paramount that we can provide environments where the public can feel comfortable, speak as opposed to being spoken to and most importantly have their voice heard,” Mayor Kristy McBain said.
“We are looking forward to engaging on the topics that are important to the attendees and as always keen to work towards finding solutions for any concerns raised.
“On a personal level, I am particularly excited about being able to have a conversation with people about ideas they may have about how to drive our Shire forward.
“The desire to hear from as many people as possible is supported by the roaming nature of the sessions and evening scheduling, with the initial calendar to include some of our smaller centres,” Cr Kristy McBain said.
Along with the opportunity to engage directly with the Councillors, the sessions will also feature displays and information on current and future projects and activities, the attendance of technical staff to engage around known local issues as well as an ideas and issues board to further collect the thoughts of attendees.
The first session will commence on Wednesday, March 21 at the Eden Log Cabin from 6pm.
Following sessions will take place in Cobargo on April 4, Candelo April 18, Pambula May 9 and Tathra May 30.
For more information on the Councillors in the Community program contact Council on 6499 2222 or visit the Bega Valley website.