Councillors Plan Community Listening Tour

Published on 08 March 2018


Snowy Valleys Council will be travelling throughout the region to hear first-hand about the issues that people are most passionate about in their communities.

Councillors will hold ‘listening posts’ at local community shows and markets throughout the region to hear concerns and discuss local issues first hand.

Mayor James Hayes said the listening tour had come in response to concerns raised during the Community Development Planning workshops that our communication could be improved.

“This is predominately a listening exercise for Councillors to meet with the public and get to know their communities better,” Clr Hayes said.

Unlike Council public meetings that are often structured around a specific theme or project the ‘listening posts’ will allow the public to ask questions on any subject or raise any matters they wish in a more relaxed environment.

The Mayor said he thought it was good for Councillors – especially newer Councillors – to hear what issues were important to the region’s different communities first hand.

“This is a great opportunity for Council to better understand the needs of residents and to connect with people whose voices aren’t being heard through more traditional channels,” Clr Hayes said.

The listening posts start this Sunday 11 March with a Council marquee at the Adelong Show.

Show goers are encouraged to visit the Snowy Valleys Council ‘we’re listening’ marquee and have a chat with their local council members.

“We’d like to hear from locals about what’s important to them, what they’re passionate about and learn how we may help them and their communities to flourish,” Clr Hayes said.

He also said it would help them gain a better understanding of each community’s needs and how they could support works the communities were already involved in.

The times and locations of future venues will be advertised once the schedule has been firmed up.

For more information please contact Council’s General Manager Matthew Hyde 6948 9101 or


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