Northern Beaches Council recognises that community engagement and participation are vital parts of local democracy.
Community engagement provides an opportunity for our community to play a key role in decisions that affect them.
Ongong opportunities to engage with Council will continue via a range of activities including council meetings, workshops, information sessions, surveys and focus groups as part of its community engagement framework.
A key part of our engagement framework during the transition period is the Implementation Advisory Group (IAG), Local Representation Committees (LRCs) and 11 new Strategic Reference Groups (SRGs). The input from these groups, along with input from the broader community, will help shape the vision and key priorities of the draft Community Strategic Plan that will be prepared for the Council elected by September 2017.
'Your Say' provides a direct link into Council's decision-making processes and provides access to key information and options to have your say.
Strategic Reference Groups
The new Strategic Reference Groups are aligned to the Local Representation Committee priorities and will provide input to the draft Community Strategic Plan.
Narrabeen Lagoon State Park Advisory Committee
Council is seeking expressions of interest from Northern Beaches residents or business owners to be community representatives on the Narrabeen Lagoon State Park Advisory Committee in one of the four areas of environment, recreation, business and community. These roles represent the interests of the community in their area of expertise and provide advice in relation the management of the State Park for a two year term.
The committee meets quarterly on a Wednesday evening at Dee Why Civic Centre, 5 – 6.30pm.
To nominate and be considered you must address the criteria in the nomination form. Nominations must be received by 2 December 2016.
The Northern Beaches has many community groups that strengthen our community and enhance the well-being of residents.
Stronger Communities Fund
The Stronger Communities Fund has been established by the NSW Government as part of the Fit for the Future reform program. The fund includes a Community Grant Program allocating $1 million in grants of up to $50,000 to kick start the delivery of projects that improve community infrastructure and services.
Northern Beaches Small Grants Program
The 2016/2017 Northern Beaches Small Grants Program funds small grants towards projects that have social or cultural outcomes. Community groups, registered charities, not-for-profit organisations and incorporated bodies can apply to help run community or cultural programs.