New Zealand’s long-term local government planning

Western Bay of Plenty District Council and Christchurch City Council are leading the way in contemporary community engagement practice in New Zealand by engaging citizens online about their long-term plans. Planning for the long-term Under the New Zealand Local Government Act 2002, local authorities are required to produce a long-term plan, covering a ten-year period. […]

5 years ago

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Gathering rich personal stories online to inform the Australian National Disability Insurance Scheme

The Australian Government’s consultation about the need for a national disability insurance scheme provided the perfect context to demonstrate how gathering rich personal stories online can drive profound public policy change. In 2013 the Australian government introduced legislation to create a national disability scheme. The new system was the single biggest change in Australia’s disability […]

6 years ago

Online Citizens Jury: Energy Generation in NSW

Early this year Bang the Table joined forces with the NewDemocracy Foundation and the NSW Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to support the creation of an online citizens jury portal as part of a unique experiment in participatory democracy. Last week saw the publication of the findings of the PAC report on “The Economics of Energy […]

7 years ago

“I Wish My Son Had Cancer….”

The title of this blogpost is taken from a comment / story posted on a consultation site we are currently running for the Australian Government. Way back in 2010 I wrote a post titled “Is online community engagement real” in response to a feeling I sometime get that there is a sense within the community […]

7 years ago

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Hornsby Council: consulting online about urban consolidation

They say a man’s home is his castle. So when Hornsby Council made the decision to try consulting online about urban consolidation we expected some serious community feedback. attracted a large amount of visitors and opinions when it consulted its community online for Stage 1 and Stage 2 of its Housing Strategy.  Tamara Shardlow spoke […]

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9 years ago

Adrienne Murphy talks about the Blue Mountains Council’s first steps into online engagement

Adrienne Murphy, the Environment Officer from the Blue Mountains City Council talks about the lessons from one Council’s first steps into online engagement. Learnings that includes early experiments in engaging its local community online about the Council’s long-term management plans. The Blue Mountains City Council is responsible for one of the largest municipal areas in […]

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