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Community Engagement and Participation Strategy

This strategy outlines the guiding principles and approach for enuring the community has an opportunity to have their say in a meaningful way.

About the Strategy

Cumberland Council adopted its first Community Engagement Policy in April 2018 and this is its first Community Engagement and Participation Strategy (PDF, 2.3 MB).

The purpose of this Strategy is to guide engagement practices with the local community and stakeholders when Council is developing its plans, policies and programs.


The Community Engagement and Participation Strategy (PDF, 2.3 MB) seeks to deliver on the following key objectives:

  • Objective 1 - Build capacity - Council will work closely with community, stakeholders and staff to create a culture of genuine and relevant engagement, both within our organisation and the community.
  • Objective 2 - Inform and involve - Council will create and promote inclusive opportunities for effective participation and collaboration for community members who live, work and play in Cumberland, and ensure our communities are engaged and informed.
  • Objective 3 - Accountable and transparent - Council will show how community and stakeholder participation was used to inform and influence decision making by closing the loop. Council will lead with integrity and encourage innovation.
  • Objective 4 - Continuous improvement - Council will implement a continuous improvement program, incorporating community and stakeholder input, to develop a more open and participatory Council.

Further information

For further information regarding the Community Engagement and Participation Strategy, contact Council on 8757 9000.