Residents to share views at forums

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Denmark residents will have a chance to share their views on a range of local issues next week as part of the Shire’s community engagement program.

The Shire’s strategic community plan is being reviewed, with stage four of the community involvement aspect including presentations from residents.

Shire chief executive Bill Parker said increased community input was a modern approach to local government.

“The Shire of Denmark will face a number of complex issues over the next decade,” he said.

“Some of these issues are the sole responsibility of local government, others will be the responsibility of other sectors and a large number will require a partnership approach.

“In the past, a local government would respond to these issues internally. A contemporary app-roach is to share ownership and ask the community how our local government should respond.”

The discussions will cover topics including sustainability, tourism, housing affordability and bushfire management and Mr Parker said it was imperative that the Shire utilised local knowledge on these issues.

“Since commencing at the Shire, I have been impressed with the level of expertise and hidden talent in the Denmark community,” he said.

“As an organisation, we need to use this knowledge to help solve problems and address issues moving forward.

“We are fortunate to have a community that is eager to contribute and I look forward to channelling this enthusiasm.”

The forums will run every night from Monday until Friday, starting at 5.30pm in the council chambers.

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