Community Engagement Strategy


Gwydir Shire Council’s Community Engagement Strategy is intended to harness the benefits of on-line engagement whilst retaining the best of print and face-to-face consultation. It contains five key strategies – inform, consult, involve, collaborate, empower – and is underpinned by a set of over-riding principles.

As part of the NSW Government’s commitment to a strong and sustainable local government system, the Local Government Amendment (Planning and Reporting) Act 2009 was assented to on 1 October 2009. This legislative reform followed public consultation conducted by the DLG on the integrated planning and reporting package, which included the draft Bill, Regulation, Guidelines and Manual.

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Gwydir Shire Council Social Plan

Social Plan


The Social Plan is being developed in response to the Local Government (General) Amendment (Community and Social Plans) Regulation 1998 that requires all Councils in New South Wales to develop a Social or Community Plan every five years. Local government is also required to provide an annual summary of activities recording its implementation of the Social Plan within the Access and Equity statement of the Management Plan. (more…)

Access & Equity Activity Statement 2010

Access & Equity

Access and Equity Activity Statement 2010
In accordance with the Local Government Regulation, a statement is required setting forth council’s access and equity activities to be undertaken to meet the needs of our residents as identified by our Social Plan 2007 to 2011.

All organisations and businesses, including local Governments are obliged to develop strategies which enable them to comply with a number of laws, and policies while addressing four main areas, which are: (more…)