Like all local governments around Australia, the City of Greater Geraldton is challenged with providing for the ever increasing needs and desires of its community from a limited income. The #changesCGG program has been established to make the decision making that sits behind the City’s budget more equitable, transparent and inclusive.
In coming up with solutions to these challenges, the City has long recognised that the best solutions are those that are made collaboratively between Council, City staff and the community utilising the principles of engagement and deliberative democracy.
The #changesCGG Community project is how the City is delivering on a commitment made following the highly successful 2029 and Beyond project, a city wide consultation and engagement program that opened up its decision making processes to the wider community.
Starting in late 2013, the City engaged with two Community Panels to prioritise its 10 Year Capital Works Plan and to make recommendations on the range and level of services the City provides.
More recently, in early 2015 the City held a Community Summit to develop a priority list of non-mandatory services.
Both the Community Panels and the Community Summit utilised the principles of deliberative democracy and participatory budgeting to inform Council decision making regarding the budget.
View the video presenting an overview of the #changesCGG Community project here
View the video of City of Greater Geraldton CEO and Project Director discussing the importance of involving the community in decisions regarding how the budget gets spent here