Community Panels involve local residents in decision making and community building
As part of our community planning process, Council has established seven Community Panels in rural communities within the Local Government Area.
The Community Panel is the key group for Council to consult with when we are seeking to undertake engagement in those communities about Council decisions or future plans.
Each Community Panel is in the midst of implementing a Community Plan, developed by local residents, which includes projects and events to improve community life.
Check out the Community Panel Map to see what Community Panel governs your area. Anyone can join a Community Panel and volunteer their time. You might like to help with projects and events, become a member of the panel, or just be a helping hand when working bees or activities are taking place. The level of engagement is entirely up to you.
For information on some of our Panel's achievements in 2016, check out the Community Panel Achievement Showcase – a document that summarizes presentations from our recent Showcase event in November 2016.
For more information or to get involved in your local Community Panel, phone our Partnering and Community Engagement Team on 1300 87 83 87 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Below is further infomation about each panel.
NORTH CENTRAL COMMUNITY PANEL
You can read the North Central Community Plan highlighting community projects identified as a priority by the Community Panel in partnership with Council.
SOUTH EAST COMMUNITY PANEL
The South East Community Panel hit the ground running last year and they were the first of the established panels to hold an event.
The group seized on the idea of Asset Based Community Development and partnering with community volunteers, Council and local facilities and services to hold a dinner and movie night at the Wyrallah Community Hall in October 2015.
The panel applied for one of Council’s Annual Community Grants with the Wyrallah Community Hall Committee auspicing the grant application. They utilised their Facebook group to advertise the event, set up an online ticket booth to sell tickets and engaged the business community to provide the catering. The nigh included community networking, delicious food and a screening of the move Paper Planes, a family-friendly Australian film.
The event was a sellout.
Five new volunteers for community projects came forward on the night and identified projects in the Community Plan that were of interest to them.
People of all ages attended and $289 was raised to springboard the next event – a Curry Night.
The Annual Community Grant funding was also used to purchase a new sign for Wyrallah Community Hall which was supplied by a local business and both the Tregeagle and Dungarubba Halls are now looking to get similar signs to improve the community awareness of events and activities held at each hall.
The South East Community Panel meet regularly and are currently working on improving communication throughout the community to increase awareness and connection. A possible newsletter, public Facebook page and a website are in the works.
For more information read the South East Community Plan.
NORTH EAST COMMUNITY PANEL
The North East Community Panel are currently working on the replacement of a playground unit and addition of exercise equipment at Balzer Park and the beautification of Tamarind Park as a tourist stop.
This panel has also applied to the NSW Government for a Community Builders Partnership Grant, with the Dunoon District Sport and Recreation Club as an auspice, to fund the exercise equipment component.
This panel has consulted with their community and worked with a local sports physiologist and the Sport and Recreation Officer at Council. A Balzer Park Concept Plan has now been developed by a-Space.
Whian Whian Hall Committee has also received a Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal Grant to build a pizza oven at the hall. They engaged a builder and the community contributed a majority of labour towards it. The pizza oven is now complete and delicious pizzas are being enjoyed!
For more information read the North East Community Plan.
EAST COMMUNITY PANEL
You can read the East Community Plan highlighting community projects identified as a priority by the Community Panel in partnership with Council.
SOUTH COMMUNITY PANEL
The South Community Panel has established a community newsletter to let people know what is happening in their community.
During consultation, the South community identified one of their goals was to create stronger connections within the community by developing communication channels.
The first edition of the Southern Halls & Community News was published in July 2016. The newsletter contains information about what’s happening in the area and events being held at local rural halls. The Community Panel has also established a number of Facebook pages to promote their halls and are investigating creating a webpage.
For more information please read the South Community Plan.
WEST COMMUNITY PANEL
You can read the West Community Plan highlighting community projects identified as a priority by the Community Panel in partnership with Council.
NORTH WEST COMMUNITY PANEL
We are currently working with this community to create their Community Plan.