Council programs named as finalists for community engagement excellence at national awards
  • Tuesday 07 August 2018
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Two council programs have been announced as finalists of the 2018 IAP2 Australasia Core Values Awards for demonstrating excellence in public participation and engagement.

Council’s Speak Up Engage youth program and the Sunshine Coast Multicultural Conversations Program are both finalists in the community development category with the winners being announced at the 2018 IAP2 Australasia Conference Gala Dinner on October 24.

Acting Mayor Tim Dwyer said the 2018 IAP2 Australasia Core Values Awards recognised projects and organisations at the forefront of community engagement.

“There is no doubt community engagement will continue to be an important element of council’s core business and the Speak Up Engage youth program and the Sunshine Coast Multicultural Conversations Program are great examples of community engagement excellence,” Cr Dwyer said.

“Council would like to thank our external stakeholders and residents who were key in the success of these programs.

“To be announced as finalists certainly allows council to benchmark our projects on a national platform and demonstrates our commitment to deliver Australia’s most sustainable region – healthy, smart, creative.”

Community Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said being named a finalist for two programs in the 2018 IAP2 Awards was a great achievement and testament that council was involving the community in decision making.

“Our Speak Up Engage youth program for 12 to 24-year-olds was all about giving young people a voice and providing unique opportunities to work with council to create the Sunshine Coast Youth Action Plan, shaping how we will support young people into the future,” Cr McKay said.

The Sunshine Coast Multicultural Conversations project was delivered over four phases in partnership with 15 partners and importantly allowed meaningful opportunities for the sharing of knowledge, dialogue and skills.

“In addition to the regular key engagement activities, council engaged a facilitator to conduct a range of one-on-one in-depth conversations with our multicultural community.

“Some of these stories were brought to life in a special Multicultural Conversations booklet keepsake and six stories were captured by video to provide an insight into the region’s colourful social fabric.

“These programs are just two examples of where council involves the community in decision making across the region.”

Image caption: Sunshine Coast Council’s 2017 Speak Up Engage youth program members.