Ipswich City Council strives to involve Ipswich residents in council planning and implementation of key initiatives and programs. Our Community Engagement Policy is informed by the 2009 Local Government Act's principles which include "democratic representation, social inclusion and meaningful community engagement". The Community Engagement Policy aims to guide council's engagement processes towards transparency, consistency and quality practice:
The Community Plan: as a lead on to the Ipswich i2020, council invited residents to review the final draft of our recently adopted Long-Term Community Plan (now known as Community Plan). The plan reflects council's strategies and actions in realising its residents aspirations through partnership approaches with local agencies.
Previous community consultations: Council engaged an external consultant to consult with a sample of diverse community groups, residents and other government departments as a means of gaining community input into the development of several Council social infrastructure, crime prevention and city marketing initiatives. A small sample of residents from Toowoomba and Brisbane were also invited to participate.
Findings from the community consultations were utilised to inform the development of the following Council corporate plan projects:
PhotoVoice is a participatory photographic research method. It involves the participants of this project taking photographs that represent their individual perspectives and lived experiences. These pictures are then shared with other participants and discussed to identify connecting themes. Narratives or stories explaining the significance of the pictures are attached to the photographs. Showcase your photographic flair and add to your social experiences while creating valuable change in your community.