Councillors want a chat at the shops
BUNDABERG Regional Council is trialing weekly community consultation forums at shopping centres.
Council communications spokeswoman Helen Blackburn said the initiative would involve councillors being available for a couple of hours every Saturday at shopping centres across the region to listen and talk to residents.
“Council will be introducing and practising a personal approach to community engagement and consultation,” Cr Blackburn said.
“Every Saturday, there will be councillors available at a dedicated area at Hinkler Central for people to talk to,” she said.
“Councillors will also be available at shopping centres such as Bundaberg North IGA, with Councillor Greg Barnes regularly available at Bargara Central, where he has manned a consultation desk each Saturday for some years.”
“The residents of the Bundaberg Region are Council’s customers. We want to hear their views and we encourage them to meet with us.
“We want to show that we are committed to community consultation: consultation is essential in ensuring that we are providing services and programs in line with the needs and preferences of our community.
The council community consultation desk will be at Hinkler Central in front of Mr Minit and CUA, from 9am–noon every Saturday.
Today Cr Blackburn and Division 10 Councillor Peter Heuser will be manning the desk.