Our Independent leadership has ensured the City enjoys open, accountable and corruption free government with major decisions based on consultation with our communities and evidence-based policy. Our mantra is to do the research, consult with the community, commit to the work, and then get things done.
We involve our communities in decision making at many levels, from the City-wide consultations for major policies and strategies down to grassroots consultation when planning new facilities or local improvements.
Under the leadership of the Independent Team, the City has adopted a governance framework with a clearly defined, transparent decision-making process. Council’s decision making is guided by community involvement and detailed research and evidence. Significant new policies, strategies and programs are only adopted and major new projects are only undertaken after extensive community consultation.
Since 2004, our commitment to involving the community in decision making has led to major City-wide consultations to develop our now completed Local Action Plans; our night time economy strategy lOPEN Sydney; and our Creative City Policy. In 2007/2008 we undertook the largest community engagement project ever held in Sydney to develop our Sustainable Sydney 2030 strategic plan, involving tens of thousands of people through community and business forums, round-table discussions and online. Our Sydney Your Say website enable peoples to express their views on new policies, programs and projects and we engage with the community through a range of social media platforms.
We have established advisory panels to provide us with expert advice, developed robust policies and procedures to prevent fraud and corruption, ensure ethical and accountable conduct and decision and continually monitor and improve governance.
We proactively release as much of the City’s information as possible, for free or at the lowest possible cost. Much information that is not readily available will be provided in a timely manner following an informal request. We have significantly reduced the number of confidential reports being considered by council. Information that must remain confidential is now contained in confidential attachments to otherwise publicly available reports.