People's Panel

The People’s Panel is an exciting opportunity for you to share your thoughts and discuss important issues with other community members.

The Panel is open to all registered Your Say Wagga users and features opportunities to discuss topics in online discussion forums, workshops and other avenues that help Council make decisions that reflect what our community needs and wants.

By taking part, you can help shape Council policy and have a say on projects outside of the traditional public exhibition process.

We’ll provide a topic and then the conversation begins.

You only have to register once to take part, after that simply sign in to contribute to any People's Panel topic.

The People’s Panel is an exciting opportunity for you to share your thoughts and discuss important issues with other community members.

The Panel is open to all registered Your Say Wagga users and features opportunities to discuss topics in online discussion forums, workshops and other avenues that help Council make decisions that reflect what our community needs and wants.

By taking part, you can help shape Council policy and have a say on projects outside of the traditional public exhibition process.

We’ll provide a topic and then the conversation begins.

You only have to register once to take part, after that simply sign in to contribute to any People's Panel topic.

  • Public Art Policy and Plan on public exhibition

    about 2 years ago

    Residents are being encouraged to have their say on the policy and revised plan that will guide the development of public art initiatives in Wagga Wagga and surrounds.

    Mayor of the City of Wagga Wagga, Councillor Greg Conkey OAM, said the Public Art Policy POL 109 and revised Enliven Public Art Plan 2017- 2021 have been developed in consultation with the community, stakeholders and Councillors.

    “There are some significant changes from the previous Policy in terms of how Council funds public art so it is important everyone takes the time to look at the documents and provide their feedback,” he said.

    The Public Art Policy POL 109 and revised Enliven Public Art Plan 2017- 2021 are on public exhibition until 10 October and can be viewed online or at Council’s Customer Service Desk.

    You can make a submission in one of the following ways:

    Read a summary of the community engagement undertaken for the review of the Public Art Plan so far.

    Read more about Council’s current Public Art Plan and collection of works online: publicartwagga.com.au

    Residents are being encouraged to have their say on the policy and revised plan that will guide the development of public art initiatives in Wagga Wagga and surrounds.

    Mayor of the City of Wagga Wagga, Councillor Greg Conkey OAM, said the Public Art Policy POL 109 and revised Enliven Public Art Plan 2017- 2021 have been developed in consultation with the community, stakeholders and Councillors.

    “There are some significant changes from the previous Policy in terms of how Council funds public art so it is important everyone takes the time to look at the documents and provide their feedback,” he said.

    The Public Art Policy POL 109 and revised Enliven Public Art Plan 2017- 2021 are on public exhibition until 10 October and can be viewed online or at Council’s Customer Service Desk.

    You can make a submission in one of the following ways:

    Read a summary of the community engagement undertaken for the review of the Public Art Plan so far.

    Read more about Council’s current Public Art Plan and collection of works online: publicartwagga.com.au

  • Harris Park Master Plan on public exhibition

    about 2 years ago

    A Master Plan for Harris Park in Mount Austin currently on public exhibition.

    The plan is a result of an extensive consultation process, including a forum on the People's Panel website, that was undertaken following numerous requests for the upgrade of this facility.

    Features of the draft master plan includes the removal of the boundary fence and hedge to improve safety and reduce vandalism, two junior rugby league grounds with upgraded lighting and increased accessibility to the amenities.

    View the draft master plan and make a submission before 1 August 2017 wagga.nsw.gov.au/public


    A Master Plan for Harris Park in Mount Austin currently on public exhibition.

    The plan is a result of an extensive consultation process, including a forum on the People's Panel website, that was undertaken following numerous requests for the upgrade of this facility.

    Features of the draft master plan includes the removal of the boundary fence and hedge to improve safety and reduce vandalism, two junior rugby league grounds with upgraded lighting and increased accessibility to the amenities.

    View the draft master plan and make a submission before 1 August 2017 wagga.nsw.gov.au/public


  • Registration drive winners!

    over 2 years ago
    Yoursay

    There was a fantastic response to the recent Your Say Wagga registration drive with all new registrations going in the draw to win one of three regional produce prize packs.

    Three winners were randomly selected and have been notified, we're still waiting to hear back from one of you so make sure you check your emails!

    Jessica Ebert from Central Wagga collected her prize pack off the Mayor of the City of Wagga Wagga, Councillor Greg Conkey OAM (below).

    It’s never too late to sign up to Your Say Wagga, be a part of the conversation by registering today: wagga.nsw.gov.au/yoursay


    There was a fantastic response to the recent Your Say Wagga registration drive with all new registrations going in the draw to win one of three regional produce prize packs.

    Three winners were randomly selected and have been notified, we're still waiting to hear back from one of you so make sure you check your emails!

    Jessica Ebert from Central Wagga collected her prize pack off the Mayor of the City of Wagga Wagga, Councillor Greg Conkey OAM (below).

    It’s never too late to sign up to Your Say Wagga, be a part of the conversation by registering today: wagga.nsw.gov.au/yoursay


  • Register now to go in the draw to win!

    over 2 years ago
    Prizes

    Do you want to be more involved in decisions made in your city?

    The Your Say Wagga website is one of the many ways that you can be a part of the conversation and if you register between now and Friday 19 May you will go in the draw to win one of three local gift hampers specially prepared at the Wagga Wagga Visitors Information Centre.

    Your Say Wagga is an online platform that complements a wide range of consultation methods that the City of Wagga Wagga utilises to receive feedback and input from residents.

    “Residents can log on at a time that suits them and contribute to any of the many consultations that are open at any one time,” said the Mayor of the City of Wagga Wagga, Greg Conkey OAM.

    “People’s opinions and experiences are crucial for staff and Councillors as we plan for our city.

    “These plans can be for long term visions such as Wagga View, our Community Strategic Plan, or smaller projects such as local playgrounds and skateparks.

    “Sometimes we hear conflicting views from the community and it can be difficult to please everybody but every bit of feedback is carefully considered in the decision making process.”

    Once registered with Your Say Wagga you will receive notifications when a new consultation opens and updates on how your feedback is being considered.

    Current consultations include:

    • #ActivateWagga
    • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Protocols
    • Bolton Park master plan
    • Harris Park master plan on the Peoples Panel

    All of the consultations open on Your Say Wagga involve direct communication with stakeholders and are often in addition to other opportunities to talk face to face with City staff.

    Register today!


    Do you want to be more involved in decisions made in your city?

    The Your Say Wagga website is one of the many ways that you can be a part of the conversation and if you register between now and Friday 19 May you will go in the draw to win one of three local gift hampers specially prepared at the Wagga Wagga Visitors Information Centre.

    Your Say Wagga is an online platform that complements a wide range of consultation methods that the City of Wagga Wagga utilises to receive feedback and input from residents.

    “Residents can log on at a time that suits them and contribute to any of the many consultations that are open at any one time,” said the Mayor of the City of Wagga Wagga, Greg Conkey OAM.

    “People’s opinions and experiences are crucial for staff and Councillors as we plan for our city.

    “These plans can be for long term visions such as Wagga View, our Community Strategic Plan, or smaller projects such as local playgrounds and skateparks.

    “Sometimes we hear conflicting views from the community and it can be difficult to please everybody but every bit of feedback is carefully considered in the decision making process.”

    Once registered with Your Say Wagga you will receive notifications when a new consultation opens and updates on how your feedback is being considered.

    Current consultations include:

    • #ActivateWagga
    • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Protocols
    • Bolton Park master plan
    • Harris Park master plan on the Peoples Panel

    All of the consultations open on Your Say Wagga involve direct communication with stakeholders and are often in addition to other opportunities to talk face to face with City staff.

    Register today!


  • The People's Panel is evolving!

    over 3 years ago

    Following the success of the People’s Panel in 2015, we are now opening it up so that more people can contribute in more ways.

    From now on People’s Panel topics will be open to ALL registered Your Say Wagga users.

    As well as online forums and surveys, there will be opportunities to take part in focus groups and forums. This will allow you to meet with Council staff involved in the projects and other people that want to be a part of Council’s decision making process.

    All you have to do to is register to the Your Say website.

    You will then be sent an email when a new opportunity arises, with updates and key dates posted on this website.

    If you are already registered we encourage you to sign in and provide additional information about yourself by updating your profile settings. This will help us better understand the results of consultations and allow us to send you invitations to certain People’s Panel opportunities in the mail.

    Following the success of the People’s Panel in 2015, we are now opening it up so that more people can contribute in more ways.

    From now on People’s Panel topics will be open to ALL registered Your Say Wagga users.

    As well as online forums and surveys, there will be opportunities to take part in focus groups and forums. This will allow you to meet with Council staff involved in the projects and other people that want to be a part of Council’s decision making process.

    All you have to do to is register to the Your Say website.

    You will then be sent an email when a new opportunity arises, with updates and key dates posted on this website.

    If you are already registered we encourage you to sign in and provide additional information about yourself by updating your profile settings. This will help us better understand the results of consultations and allow us to send you invitations to certain People’s Panel opportunities in the mail.

  • First year of the People's Panel

    over 3 years ago

    It's been a year since the People's Panel first launched and a big THANK YOU to the 97 individuals and groups representatives that helped to make it a success.

    A few changes are being made to expand the Panel in 2016, but first we want to update you on how your contribution to topics are being considered.

    Playground Strategy

    The discussion and survey on this topic was robust with a range of ideas put forward. These were all considered by Council’s Parks and Recreation Team and Councillors when drafting the Playground Strategy 2016-2036. The draft strategy has just been through the formal public exhibition process and will be considered for adoption by Council at the February 2016 Council Meeting.

    Unapproved serviced apartments

    The results of the People’s Panel discussion on unapproved serviced apartments are being considered by Council’s internal LEP/DCP Working group, as they continue to investigate various factors. A way forward is expected to be determined early in 2016.

    Council’s website

    The People’s Panel gave detailed feedback on how Council can improve our website, and provide better service to the community online. The results also identified areas that users are currently having difficulty with such as the search function. The search function has since been modified by there are still more improvements to be made. Thanks to the People’s Panel, Council has been able to set priorities more in line with what the community wants, with the most-requested features slated to be developed first.

    Changing the way we dispose of food waste

    There was strong support from the People’s Panel for the introduction of a food organics collection service to be included as a part of the new kerbside waste collection service. Additionally, members gave Council great insight into current composting practices at home and made great suggestions to compliment the new system. Council’s Waste Team is currently considering options that could include the provision for a food organics collection service in the new contract, with a decision to be made late 2016. Updates will be posted on the Tipping Point website.

    Let’s talk! How we communicate with our community

    The discussion on Council’s social media presence indicated strong support for Council to host a Facebook page. This feedback was considered when Council made the decision to launch the City of Wagga Wagga Facebook page in January 2016. The page is an additional way for the community to have a conversation with Council, as well as providing information about events and services. You can like the page by searching ‘City of Wagga Wagga’ on Facebook.

    Long term planning

    Around 25 members attended one of two focus groups held to discuss Council’s long term planning processes. From the Focus groups Council discovered that current satisfaction levels with Council's long term planning was directly related to how involved our community feel in the planning process and how well Council is communicating these key initiatives. Recommendations from the focus groups have already informed initiatives such as the expansion of the People's Panel and the introduction of Facebook, however ultimately the feedback will be used to review Council's Community Engagement strategy in 2017. In the mean team we will concentrate on improving our practice.


    It's been a year since the People's Panel first launched and a big THANK YOU to the 97 individuals and groups representatives that helped to make it a success.

    A few changes are being made to expand the Panel in 2016, but first we want to update you on how your contribution to topics are being considered.

    Playground Strategy

    The discussion and survey on this topic was robust with a range of ideas put forward. These were all considered by Council’s Parks and Recreation Team and Councillors when drafting the Playground Strategy 2016-2036. The draft strategy has just been through the formal public exhibition process and will be considered for adoption by Council at the February 2016 Council Meeting.

    Unapproved serviced apartments

    The results of the People’s Panel discussion on unapproved serviced apartments are being considered by Council’s internal LEP/DCP Working group, as they continue to investigate various factors. A way forward is expected to be determined early in 2016.

    Council’s website

    The People’s Panel gave detailed feedback on how Council can improve our website, and provide better service to the community online. The results also identified areas that users are currently having difficulty with such as the search function. The search function has since been modified by there are still more improvements to be made. Thanks to the People’s Panel, Council has been able to set priorities more in line with what the community wants, with the most-requested features slated to be developed first.

    Changing the way we dispose of food waste

    There was strong support from the People’s Panel for the introduction of a food organics collection service to be included as a part of the new kerbside waste collection service. Additionally, members gave Council great insight into current composting practices at home and made great suggestions to compliment the new system. Council’s Waste Team is currently considering options that could include the provision for a food organics collection service in the new contract, with a decision to be made late 2016. Updates will be posted on the Tipping Point website.

    Let’s talk! How we communicate with our community

    The discussion on Council’s social media presence indicated strong support for Council to host a Facebook page. This feedback was considered when Council made the decision to launch the City of Wagga Wagga Facebook page in January 2016. The page is an additional way for the community to have a conversation with Council, as well as providing information about events and services. You can like the page by searching ‘City of Wagga Wagga’ on Facebook.

    Long term planning

    Around 25 members attended one of two focus groups held to discuss Council’s long term planning processes. From the Focus groups Council discovered that current satisfaction levels with Council's long term planning was directly related to how involved our community feel in the planning process and how well Council is communicating these key initiatives. Recommendations from the focus groups have already informed initiatives such as the expansion of the People's Panel and the introduction of Facebook, however ultimately the feedback will be used to review Council's Community Engagement strategy in 2017. In the mean team we will concentrate on improving our practice.


  • 2015 mid year update

    about 4 years ago

    It’s been more than six months since the People’s Panel began and so far four different topics have been discussed amongst members.

    Below are updates on how the feedback from the People’s Panel on each topic is being considered within Council.

    Playground Strategy

    Council’s Parks and Recreation team is currently considering the feedback provided by the People’s Panel as it works towards finalising the Playground Strategy. The strategy is expected to be presented to Council later in the year.

    Unapproved serviced Apartments

    The results of the People’s Panel discussion on unapproved serviced apartments are being considered by Council’s internal LEP/DCP Working group, as they continue to investigate various factors. A way forward is expected to be determined later in the year.

    Building a better website

    The People’s Panel gave detailed feedback on how we can improve our website, and provide better service to the community online. Thanks to the People’s Panel, the communications team have been able to help Council’s directors to make a more informed decision about future investments into our online service delivery. Council has been able to set priorities more in line with what the community wants, with the most-requested features slated to be developed first.

    Organic waste collection (current topic… closes 3 August!!!)

    The results of the focused discussion on organic waste forms part of broader engagement that Council is doing on waste services more generally. Your feedback will be included as a part of a report that is expected to be considered at the September Council Meeting.

    Coming up

    In the next topic the Panel will look at social media and communication, so whether or not Council should expand its social media presence and how it can better communicate with the community.

    Upcoming topics include:

    • Revenue generating ideas for Council
    • Service levels and expectations from Community on infrastructure
    • Lake Albert
    • Smoke Free Areas

    It’s been more than six months since the People’s Panel began and so far four different topics have been discussed amongst members.

    Below are updates on how the feedback from the People’s Panel on each topic is being considered within Council.

    Playground Strategy

    Council’s Parks and Recreation team is currently considering the feedback provided by the People’s Panel as it works towards finalising the Playground Strategy. The strategy is expected to be presented to Council later in the year.

    Unapproved serviced Apartments

    The results of the People’s Panel discussion on unapproved serviced apartments are being considered by Council’s internal LEP/DCP Working group, as they continue to investigate various factors. A way forward is expected to be determined later in the year.

    Building a better website

    The People’s Panel gave detailed feedback on how we can improve our website, and provide better service to the community online. Thanks to the People’s Panel, the communications team have been able to help Council’s directors to make a more informed decision about future investments into our online service delivery. Council has been able to set priorities more in line with what the community wants, with the most-requested features slated to be developed first.

    Organic waste collection (current topic… closes 3 August!!!)

    The results of the focused discussion on organic waste forms part of broader engagement that Council is doing on waste services more generally. Your feedback will be included as a part of a report that is expected to be considered at the September Council Meeting.

    Coming up

    In the next topic the Panel will look at social media and communication, so whether or not Council should expand its social media presence and how it can better communicate with the community.

    Upcoming topics include:

    • Revenue generating ideas for Council
    • Service levels and expectations from Community on infrastructure
    • Lake Albert
    • Smoke Free Areas