Citizenís Panel introduced

Willoughby City Council has formed a Citizenís Panel to assist in the long term planning of asset expenditure.

Willoughby City Council has formed a Citizenís Panel to assist in the long term planning of asset expenditure.

The Panel is based on the newDemocracy style of community engagement, which promotes the idea that service provision for the people should be determined by the people.

Consisting of 40 members of the Willoughby community, the Citizenís Panel was recruited via an invitation mailed out to a randomly selected group of more than 1600 residents and businesses.

The Citizenís Panel then attended a series of workshops, aimed at increasing their knowledge of Willoughby, community needs, and the assets provided across the City. Now an informed group, they have begun reviewing Willoughbyís assets and developing recommendations.

The Citizenís Panel is now in the process of preparing a report answering the following questions:

What standards and expectations does the community have of Willoughbyís asset base?

Where community expectations exceed Council resources, how can this be addressed so the next generation of Willoughby community continues to enjoy the benefits of community assets?

Over the next few months, representatives from the panel will present their report to Council, along with a detailed analysis of survey results that will be used to create targets for Councilís maintenance and provision of community assets.

Estimated expenditure for asset provision and maintenance will be adjusted according to the Panelsí surveys, feedback and report, and will feed into Councilís long-term financial plan. However, safety concerns, risk management or long-term financial sustainability could override the above feedback in isolated cases.

The Panelís deliberations were independently facilitated by communications and community engagement specialists KJA.