Welcome to Wyong Shire Councils Consultation Hub!

We value your ideas, comments and contributions and we want to hear from YOU!

Now access for community consultation is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, whenever and wherever you want to have your say.

The Consultation Hub is used for surveys and for submissions. If you would like to have your say or talk about different subjects, head over to the EngageMe page by clicking here.

You can also join our Resident ePanel - the tab is above. The Resident ePanel consists of interested community members who are available to have their say on specific issues about every two months.

We Asked, You Said, We Did

Below are some of the issues we have recently consulted on and their outcomes.

Have your say - Proposed Community Precinct Forums

We asked:
Your thoughts about the proposed Community Precinct Forums and a little bit extra on current Community Precinct Committees. There were 300 responses - 210 online and 90 in hard copy format. 52% identifed themselves as active PC members and 48% did not. 75% were aged 51 years and over and 8% were 40 and under.
You said:
29% said they would attend the Forums, 41% said they would not attend the Forums and 30% said they were unsure. The most popular ways to hear about whats happening at Council were Precinct Committees, media/advertising, the internet and Resident ePanel. The most popular ways that the community prefer to engage with Council is through both traditional and technological ways.
We did:
We included this information in the final report to Council so that an informative decision regarding the way forward can be made. This can be found at: http://www.wyong.nsw.gov.au/about-council/council-meetings/council-business-papers-and-minutes-2014/26february2014/

Rate Options - Your Place, Your Say, Your Future - online survey

We asked:
In January and February this year, Council asked for your input on a Special Rate Variation as part of Phase 3 of the Your Place, Your Say, Your Future consultation, providing three options - no increase above the NSW rate peg (3.4%), an increase of 9.5% and a third, but non-specified option in between. This consultation was advertised extensively; there was also a telephone survey of random residents; an online survey; and two community workshops. Over 1,850 people responded to this consultation.
You said:
It was clear that the majority of people did not want a 9.5% increase, but most indicated that they would be happy to pay ‘some’ increase in return for service improvements. The findings were presented to Council which resolved to continue to apply for a Special Rate Variation increase, but for the more modest amount of 6.9%
We did:
Council applied for a Special Rate Variation of 6.9% for seven years. Our application can be viewed online at Council's website. IPART approved a Special Rate Variation of 6.9% for four years, and applied a condition that Council must report back to the community how the additional funds raised are spent.

Your Place. Your Say. Your Future - Community Consultation Survey

We asked:
In November and December 2012, Council went out to the community with information about the current financial situation and presented three funding Options. The community was asked to show which one they preferred as a way forward for rates in the future. This consultation was advertised extensively; there was also a telephone survey of random residents; an online survey; and three community workshops. Over 1,850 people responded to this consultation.
You said:
It was clear the community is divided over the best approach: • 83% percent of people who heard detailed information at the workshops supported a rate increase. • 54% of people who responded to the telephone survey said they would be “somewhat supportive” of a rate increase. • 66% of people who mailed in their survey and 68% of people who completed the online survey were not supportive of a special rate increase. • Option 3, for a 12.5% rate increase, received little support. Generally, we were told that it was hard to make an informed decision and they needed more information.
We did:
Council is going back out to community consultation during January and February so you can have further say about YOUR future.

During the consultation process, we ask for your feedback, you tell us and then we make positive changes. Public participation is key to our work. See what happens with We Asked, You Said, We Did.