Consultation 'a fantastic experience'

Council's most unique community consultation process was a major success according to participants Andrew Kovacs and Pat Eastbrook.

Local Voices - Shaping Our Future brought together 16 community members over two days to discuss how we can work together to respond to a varying climate. After listening to a range of quality guest speakers the community jury deliberated and developed around 50 recommendations which they will present to Council at its 6 July Council meeting.

"It was a fantastic experience, an absolute credit to the Alpine Shire," Mrs Eastbrook said.

"The way the whole process was organised ensured it ran very smoothly. To get 16 strangers to work so well together shows that things can happen."

Mudgegonga resident Mrs Eastbrook said 19-year-old guest speaker Sam Millar impressed her. Mr Millar grew up in Yackandandah and now works for the Australian Youth Climate Coalition.

"It was inspirational thinking of a person at his age being so passionate about climate change," she said

"I gained knowledge from all the speakers but especially listening to Sam."

Fellow participant, 22-year-old Mr Kovacs from Porepunkah said everyone seemed to enjoy the project.

"We were all really happy with the recommendations which expressed what everyone in the jury wanted for the shire," he said.

"I also learnt about the diversity of the shire, meeting people with so many different backgrounds. By the end of it everyone was on the same page about the sustainable future we want for the shire.”

Mayor Cr Nino Mautone was on hand to welcome participants and listen to their recommendations. He said it was extremely important that Council engaged with the community.

“Confidence in Council is enhanced when the community has the opportunity to participate in the discussion and resolution of issues affecting its future,” he said.

“The contribution of the jurors is highly valued. Their recommendations will help inform the development of Council’s Environment Strategy and other policies.

Council is looking forward to working with the community to respond to our varying climate.”

Local Voices – Shaping Our Future was supported by the Department of Sustainability and Environment.

The Local Voices - Shaping Our Future community jury

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