Passionate and motivated community members are being encouraged to apply to a newly established 'Community Wellbeing Advisory Forum', developed by the Alexandrina Council.
The forum forms part of a council goal to "refresh its approach when engaging with the community."
Health and wellbeing across the wider community are the two main focuses of this new forum, which will involve meetings and workshops.
Expressions of interest - which can be made via Alexandrina Council's website - close on November 13.
The forum aims to:
- Provide feedback to council in a structured forum, acting as advisors and representatives of the community;
- Assist council in progressing the objectives of relevant strategic and other plans including: Community Strategic Plan 2040 and Village Innovation Plans, Regional Public Health Plan, Disability Access and Inclusion Plan;
- Assist and provide feedback on relevant community priority projects;
- Advocate and act as champions for community programs and projects within council and amongst the community and related networks;
- Provide a forum for discussion on community services' industry trends and best practice in the Local Government sector; and
- Provide advice on relevant community issues and policy matters as referred by council.
Membership of the forum will total 20 and comprise of: two elected members, one representative from each Community Centre facility: Milang Old School House, Strathalbyn Neighbourhood Centre, Mount Compass War Memorial Community Centre, Goolwa Community Centre and Langhorne Creek Hub, two community representatives from each council ward, the General Manager and Manager Community Wellbeing or other council staff as appropriate and a Community Wellbeing Programs Assistant - administrative support.
Elected member representatives will be appointed via a council vote and will remain representatives throughout their term of office.
Community representatives will be appointed following the expression of interest process.
"As much as possible, council seeks to ensure that members of advisory groups are representative of the diversity of demographics within the Alexandrina community," a council spokesperson said.
"Community Centre representatives will be nominated by their respective Board or Committee.
"The Community Wellbeing Advisory forum will meet quarterly for a 12 month period. The terms of Reference for the CWAF will be reviewed annually. This will also include reviewing the effectiveness of the forum and ensuring that the purpose is being fulfilled."
For more information on the forum, Terms of Reference and how to lodge an Expression of Interest visit: alexandrina.sa.gov.au