Listening to our communities
What you think about issues and choices affecting our communities is important to us. Seeking ways to find out what you think and how to involve you in decision-making is a key part of Council's business.
Community engagement means forging relationships that encourage the exchange of ideas between the community and Council, and informing residents of what Council is planning to do.
Council uses a range of different methods to engage the community to suit each situation and make sure that residents are involved. These include formal engagement and reporting processes, consultation on particular issues and projects, and elected members and Council staff working with the community and communicating with residents the best way we can.
Working with our community
Elected members and Council staff work with a range of community groups and organisations to ensure their feedback and input is incorporated into Council decision-making.
Council advocates for the needs of the community at regional and national levels. It also co-ordinates community agencies lobbying for improvements to national services such as health, education, and social services.
At regional level, Council advocates for issues relating to the sustainable use and development of the district's resources. We also work jointly with other Canterbury and South Island councils on matters of mutual concern.