Tag Archives: Newcastle 2030

Response to Council’s draft community engagement policy and framework

Council is to be commended for recognising that “community engagement is an important part of local democracy, fostering community cohesion, pride of place and active participation in civic life”(Policy, p. 1) and for moving from the notion of consultation to … Continue reading

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Transition Newcastle AGM

We had a good Transition Newcastle AGM on Tuesday with 20 people showing up. After three years of being the primary movers of Transition Newcastle, Will and Maureen wanted to step back a bit. This means we need a strong … Continue reading

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Newcastle 2030 Community Strategic Plan

Late last year the City of Newcastle released a community strategic plan as part of its Newcastle 2030 planning process. Although there aren’t many specific strategies I am hopeful that it will set lead to some positive action over the … Continue reading

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Shout Out youth forum – reflections

We had a great forum! The youth facilitators did a marvelous job and everybody seemed to work hard. The pace was quite quick and seemed to go down well (an overview of the agenda is here). We wondered how the … Continue reading

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Shout Out youth forum – planning

Our planning for the youth forum is progressing. It feels like it is going to be Art of Hosting on speed! I met with students from the TAFE youth work course, Council staff and people from the Salvation Army youth … Continue reading

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Youth Forum

I’m helping to facilitate a youth forum as part of the City of Newcastle’s 2030 community consultations. We are planning to use world cafe,  open space and creative workshops. I was asked to facilitate it but, after our initial discussion, … Continue reading

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