Ipswich City Council is committed to meaningful engagement with the community on issues affecting the city and local issues that significantly impact the community. Public participation and engagement is the foundation of good decision-making and is mutually beneficial to the community and council. One of the ways council engages with the community is through its five Community Reference Groups, which are aligned with the five standing committees of council:
Council’s Community Reference Groups aim to:
Expressions of interest were open to all eligible community members for three weeks, from Friday, 8 March to midday on Friday, 29 March 2019. Interested and eligible community members could either apply online or complete a paper-based application at a community office. The Guidelines for Community Reference Groups and five Terms of Reference (one for each group) were also publicly released (refer to Reference Documents below). These outlined the governance framework for the groups, including the eligibility and selection criteria.
Council received a total of 412 submissions, of which 151 were eligible and assessable. An assessment panel comprising four council staff from council's Community Engagement Branch assessed all of the applications based on eligibility criteria, responses to the selection criteria and demographic representativeness. From this process, a maximum of 20 successful members were placed in each of the five community reference groups.
The following are the names of the members of each of the Community Reference Groups. The first round of meetings is scheduled to take place in June 2019.