Locals will have the opportunity to help Bega Valley Shire Council to improve its communications and engagement methods at a face-to-face session with an independent assessor, to be held at the Eden Library on Tuesday, July 1, from 11am.
The two-hour sessions, which will also be held at Bega, Bermagui and Merimbula, mark the beginning of BVSC’s Communications and Community Engagement review, which forms part of a larger effort to improve the way Council provides, receives and acts on information.
Mayor Bill Taylor said the face-to-face sessions will help to facilitate the flow of dialogue and information between Council and the community.
“As a large organisation operating in a technology-driven media environment, we are working on some innovative ways to connect with the shire’s population, but no amount of technology will provide better results than sitting down with people and talking things through,” he said.
“On this occasion it will not be Council staff or Councillors engaging in the conversation, because we are keen to see the results of an impartial conversation about our organisation and how we can improve our communications.
“We have engaged communications specialists, Two Cents Group, to listen to your comments and use them in providing us with professional guidance and training in getting things right.
“Results from the sessions will be discussed with community members in our recently started Communications and Engagement Reference Group to further refine and develop solutions to any problems raised.
“This is a positive stage in the development of Council’s communications and engagement methods, and I look forward to hearing of the results.”
The face-to-face sessions will take place on Monday, June 30 at Bega Library (11am) and Bermagui Library (5pm), and Tuesday, July 1 at Eden Library (11am) and Merimbula Library (5pm).
All sessions will run for two hours, with no bookings necessary.