Why is Council engaging online?
Council acknowledges that many members of the community do not have time to attend traditional community consultation meetings or to provide written submissions. By engaging online, it allows more people to provide feedback on issues that interest them at a convenient time and location. It also allows community members to see what others think about and issue or topic and to engage in a discussion.
Is my privacy protected?
We do not ask for your personal details or require them at any time as part of your participation in this website. If you are, however, interested in joining the Mitchell Community Voice Panel we will require some personal details.
Why do I need to register to make a comment?
Anyone can browse the Engaging Mitchell website and read the comments made by others.
If you want to leave a comment you need to register using an email address. This is required for the following reasons:
By requiring you to register it helps to minimise the chance of the discussion being manipulated by the one person who leaves multiple comments supporting their own position.
It allows Council to keep you updated if there are any changes to the consultation. For example, if the submission date is extended or the design of the project is altered.
It reduces the risk of inappropriate comments being made as participants are required to have a username.
How is the online forum moderated?
All moderation is carried out by Bang the Table and is independent to Mitchell Shire Council. The administrators do not edit or alter comments unless they are considered offensive or significantly off the topic, in which case they will be removed from the site immediately. Please refer to the forum etiquette and moderation guidelines.
How will my feedback be used?
The comments and feedback provided on this website will inform Council on the topic being discussed. A summary of the feedback will be available on the website and sent out regularly via email.
It is important to note, however, that this website does not replace formal submissions. If you want to make a formal submission on a particular issue, such as a planning or local laws matter you will still need to do this in writing to Council.