In 2017, the City of Albany ask our community about what was important to them. Over 1,800 residents got involved in having their say!

To find out more about the City's Community Strategic Plan and within the Integrated Planning Framework click here

Community Engagement & Communications

Community Engagement is a valuable way of including the City of Albany's residents in decisions that affect them. There are many opportunities for you to be involved in decision making about your city and community.

Engagement can be formal or informal, direct or indirect. The four spectrum levels of engagement used at the City of Albany include:

  1. INFORM
    One way communication providing balanced and objective information to assist understanding about something that is going to happen or has happened.
    Promise to Community: We will keep you informed.
  2. CONSULT
    Two way communications designed to obtain public feedback about ideas on rationale, alternatives and proposals to inform decision making.
    Promise to Community: We will keep you informed, listen to and acknowledge concerns and aspirations, and provide feedback on how your input influenced the decision.
  3. INVOLVE
    Participatory process designed to help identify issues and views to ensure that concerns and aspirations are understood and considered prior to decision making.
    Promise to Community: We will work with you to ensure that your concerns and aspirations are directly reflected in the alternatives developed and provide feedback on how your input influenced the decision.
  4. COLLABORATE
    Working together with stakeholders to understand all issues and interests and to work out alternatives and identify preferred solutions.
    Promise to Community: We will look to you for direct advice and innovation in formulating solutions and incorporate these into the decisions to maximum extent possible.

Effective community engagement allows the City of Albany to tap into diverse perspectives and potential solutions to improve the quality of its decisions. It enables its citizens and communities to better understand the processes of local government and to build their capacity to participate in deliberative processes.

The amount of influence community can exert on decision making increases in accordance with the level of engagement, with active participation providing maximum opportunities for citizen influence. However, responsibility for the final decision rests with government.

The City has a number of ongoing projects. Many of these have and will involve the community in their processes. Please see the list of the projects that have involved engaging with our community.

For more information on the City's community engagement contact Manager Community Engagement on: (08) 9841 9421.

For all information about the Middleton Beach Activity Centre Design Guidelines and Foreshore Management Plan, please link here to the public comment page.

Expression of Interest – “Let’s Chat” Focus Group

Through its Community Strategic Plan, the City of Albany is focussed on community engagement as part of its Civic Leadership.

To engage effectively with its community the City is:

•  Using community engagement forums/meetings as part of everything we do.

•  Improving the way we interact with community so that you are actively involved in  decisions that affect you.

•  Using communication methods and tools preferred by our stakeholders and broader community.

The City of Albany is inviting members of the community who represent groups to participate in a vibrant and proactive volunteer focus group. The group assist in the City’s commitment to improve how it engages with its communities.

The bi-monthly meetings, which have been running for the past 4 years, include the gathering of opinions, beliefs, and attitudes about projects, and increase public participation before decisions are made that may impact on community.

If you would like to join a positive, passionate and enthusiastic group of people for “Let’s Chat” we have a few places available. 

Register your interest with the City of Albany Manager Community Engagement on: (08) 6820 3008 or email: julieanng@albany.wa.gov.au

Council Open Forum's are ongoing throughout the year. The next Council Forum details are yet to be confirmed. If you would like to host a forum with Council please contact our Manager Community Engagement on: (08) 6820 3008.

The Albany Local Planning Scheme (ALPS) Review is currently being reviewed by the WA Planning Commission. Once reviewed the City will take on recommendations and then open up for public comment. This is likely to occur in April 2018. For more information please contact City Senior Planning Officer - Strategic Planning on: 6820 3060.

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