Exploring excellence in engagement

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What does an engaged community mean to you?

We are developing a concept for a centre of excellence in community engagement and we took to the streets to hear your views.

Throughout August and September we hit the streets, visiting six locations, to explore what excellence in engagement looks like with you.

Residents and visitors alike were invited to step up to one of our roving photo booths to have a say on what an engaged community means to them and took home a free photograph as a keepsake.

For those who missed the opportunity to make it to one of our roving events, there was also the opportunity to provide comment via the online Guest Book.

The public consultation period for the Exploring Excellence in Engagement program finished on 26 September 2017.

Check out what the community had to say. #engagedsc


Where to from here

Council has recently signed a Regional Partnership Agreement with the University of the Sunshine Coast to collaborate on reviewing our community engagement approach.

This Exploring Excellence in Engagement program is the first step in a community visioning process to develop a concept for a centre of excellence in community engagement.

This community feedback will be used to inform:

  • Continued development towards a centre of excellence in community engagement
  • A review of council’s Community Engagement Framework.

Further opportunities to have your say will be promoted as the project develops.


Contact us

For more information, contact council's customer contact centre on (07) 5475 7272 or email mail@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au.


What does an engaged community mean to you?

We are developing a concept for a centre of excellence in community engagement and we took to the streets to hear your views.

Throughout August and September we hit the streets, visiting six locations, to explore what excellence in engagement looks like with you.

Residents and visitors alike were invited to step up to one of our roving photo booths to have a say on what an engaged community means to them and took home a free photograph as a keepsake.

For those who missed the opportunity to make it to one of our roving events, there was also the opportunity to provide comment via the online Guest Book.

The public consultation period for the Exploring Excellence in Engagement program finished on 26 September 2017.

Check out what the community had to say. #engagedsc


Where to from here

Council has recently signed a Regional Partnership Agreement with the University of the Sunshine Coast to collaborate on reviewing our community engagement approach.

This Exploring Excellence in Engagement program is the first step in a community visioning process to develop a concept for a centre of excellence in community engagement.

This community feedback will be used to inform:

  • Continued development towards a centre of excellence in community engagement
  • A review of council’s Community Engagement Framework.

Further opportunities to have your say will be promoted as the project develops.


Contact us

For more information, contact council's customer contact centre on (07) 5475 7272 or email mail@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au.


Guest Book

The community were invited to share their views on what an engaged community means to them, by completing the enquiry: "To me, an engaged community..."

CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

Is inclusion.(Female respondent, Coolum pop-up)

SCC Community Engagement Team almost 3 years ago

Is connected; feels that their opinion matters; is involved.(Male respondent, Coolum pop-up)

SCC Community Engagement Team almost 3 years ago

Is informed, involved and inspired.(Female respondent, Coolum pop-up)

SCC Community Engagement Team almost 3 years ago

Has a sense of belonging to, and responsibility for a place.The region in which we live is not only important in helping us to define our individual, community and cultural identities; it is also the very heart of sustainability.Intimate knowledge of the natural cycles, flora and fauna and sensitivity to disturbance of the ecosystem in which we live used to be an important part of an engaged community. If we are not to be eaten up by the bland suburban sprawl, we have to become sensitive participants in our local bioregion.(Female respondent, Coolum pop-up)

SCC Community Engagement Team almost 3 years ago

Is great neighbours looking out for each other. I love my community.(Female respondent, Coolum pop-up)

SCC Community Engagement Team almost 3 years ago

Is fully supportive of the creative arts. It is also tolerant and compassionate to all.(Female respondent, Coolum pop-up)

SCC Community Engagement Team almost 3 years ago

Is where there is good two communication between the community and council. I have been involved in several council consultations, most recently the consultation in Maleny about the Maroochydore groynes. Council reps talk about transparency but I do not have confidence that submissions and surveys are fairly analysed and reported back to us. I would like those systems to be more transparent, like a third party analysing the data collected.I was also involved in the Beerrwah redevelopment consultations, but i fail to see anything has been done differently because of them . In particular the town did not become more pedestrian friendly with regard to pedestrian road crossing places. Also we were NEVER consulted about the artwork.I also was very interested in the Mary Cairncross park development and i do not believe the community wishes were followed. My conclusion is that commercial interests reigned supreme. The tourist industry wanted an icon.So you see I am quite cynical about engagement. I am tending to think engagement is is something carefully organised to be ineffective. But i would love to be convinced otherwise.

Frances Harper almost 3 years ago