Byron Shire Community Solutions Panel

What infrastructure spending should we prioritise, and how should we fund these priorities if the rates alone are not enough?

This is the question that Byron Council will put to a randomly selected group of 28 people as part of a bold new trust-building project called a Community Solutions Panel.

Recent feedback from work on our Community Strategic Plan showed people had a general lack of trust and faith in the Council and wanted more community-led decision making.

“Let 2018 be the year when we build genuine bridges with our community. For that to happen there needs to be trust and the first step in this process is the Community Solutions Panel project,” Byron Shire Council’s Mayor Simon Richardson said.

“Over a series of sessions the panel will be tasked with developing a series of recommendations to solve our infrastructure challenge – and then these recommendations will be wholly adopted by Council.

“We’ve heard through our special rate variation consultation and recent engagement that infrastructure and ‘fixing the roads’ is a priority – this is the next phase of the process.

“The project will be designed and run by the newDemocracy Foundation, a not-for-profit research foundation which is a world leader in innovative and effective community engagement."

Further details are provided on the newDemocracy Foundation website at www.newdemocracy.com.au/byron

Submissions to the Community Solutions Panel:

An important part of Byron Shire Community Solutions Panel was the opportunity for individuals, community organisations and other locally based organisations or interested bodies to make submissions on how they would answer question put to the Panel. The submission period is now closed with all the inputs received provided to the Panel for their consideration. Panellists have reviewed the wide range of materials provided, and will continue to utilise these inputs as they finalise their deliberations during their final two meetings. Submission authors have been advised of this progress.

Panel sessions are open to observers:

We are keen for everyday members of the community, stakeholder groups and others to visit sessions in order that they can form their own assessment of the merits of this approach.

The Panel will have sessions that are open and others that are closed, much like a criminal jury. Observers are welcome during open sessions and will be asked to leave for closed sessions.

What infrastructure spending should we prioritise, and how should we fund these priorities if the rates alone are not enough?

This is the question that Byron Council will put to a randomly selected group of 28 people as part of a bold new trust-building project called a Community Solutions Panel.

Recent feedback from work on our Community Strategic Plan showed people had a general lack of trust and faith in the Council and wanted more community-led decision making.

“Let 2018 be the year when we build genuine bridges with our community. For that to happen there needs to be trust and the first step in this process is the Community Solutions Panel project,” Byron Shire Council’s Mayor Simon Richardson said.

“Over a series of sessions the panel will be tasked with developing a series of recommendations to solve our infrastructure challenge – and then these recommendations will be wholly adopted by Council.

“We’ve heard through our special rate variation consultation and recent engagement that infrastructure and ‘fixing the roads’ is a priority – this is the next phase of the process.

“The project will be designed and run by the newDemocracy Foundation, a not-for-profit research foundation which is a world leader in innovative and effective community engagement."

Further details are provided on the newDemocracy Foundation website at www.newdemocracy.com.au/byron

Submissions to the Community Solutions Panel:

An important part of Byron Shire Community Solutions Panel was the opportunity for individuals, community organisations and other locally based organisations or interested bodies to make submissions on how they would answer question put to the Panel. The submission period is now closed with all the inputs received provided to the Panel for their consideration. Panellists have reviewed the wide range of materials provided, and will continue to utilise these inputs as they finalise their deliberations during their final two meetings. Submission authors have been advised of this progress.

Panel sessions are open to observers:

We are keen for everyday members of the community, stakeholder groups and others to visit sessions in order that they can form their own assessment of the merits of this approach.

The Panel will have sessions that are open and others that are closed, much like a criminal jury. Observers are welcome during open sessions and will be asked to leave for closed sessions.