The City of Albany is currently engaging with community to seek the aspirations of community in reviewing the current Community Strategic Plan.

We encourage you to review information and provide your opinions.

Public Comment Period: 27 February - 28 April 2017

Have Your Say - Online Survey! An online survey offers an easy and convenient way to have your say on the future direction of Albany!

To view the City of Albany current Community Strategic Plan click on the link below:

Download:
Council Strategy: Community Strategic Plan Albany 2023 (As amended) (4MB) View File  OR   Download FileThe Community Strategic Plan Albany 2023 as part of the City of Albany Integrated Planning Framework adopted by Council on 25 June 2013. This plan has been amended and will be reviewed for adoption by Council on 26/08/2014, Resolution CSF112.

To view information about the Community Strategic Plan Review click on the links below:

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.

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 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 2 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. 

The next Let Chat Focus Group Forums are on:

Wednesday, 1 March 2017. 3 - 4.30pm at City of Albany Civic Rooms.

Wednesday, 17 May, 3 - 4.30pm at City of Albany Civic Rooms.

Friday, 16 June, 3 - 4.30pm at City of Albany Civic Rooms.

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 each quarter. The next Council Forum details are yet to be confirmed. For further information contact Manager Community Engagement on: (08) 6820 3008.

Green Skills Inc. have undertaken engagement and are now working on a draft document for stakeholder review and presentation to Council. This is likely to go to Council in early 2017. For further information contact Manager Community Engagement on: (08) 6820 3008.

This project is initiated to improve access and inclusion in Albany's retail outlets to encourage access and inclusion for people with a disability. The City is currently visiting businesses in the City Centre to invite their participation in collaboration with the Albany Chamber of Commerce and Industry. For further information contact Senior Community Development Officer Rani Param on: (08) 6820 3020.

The City of Albany is currently in partnership with UWA to monitor and track the Ellen Cove Swimming Enclosure, and has been educating community about the enclosure with interpretative signage and brochures on site. A post community survey is likely to take place in March 2017.

We are currently asking users of the Enclosure for their feedback. To participate in the survey click on this link. Swimming Enclosure Online Survey

 

For further information about the Ellen Cove Swimming Enclosure please contact the City of Albany.

The Albany Local Planning Scheme (ALPS) Review is planned to go to Council in early 2017. There will be a further opportunity for the community to have a say through public comment on the draft scheme, which is likely to be during March to April 2017.

An integrated planning and reporting working group has been established. Early project planning, timelines, and concept designing is under way. Planning is underway to engage with Community in early 2017.

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