Bayswater picks up award for budget panel

BAYSWATER council has won a local government award for being the first metro council to give locals a say on how its entire operating budget was spent.

Mayor Dan Bull said he was especially proud the city had snagged a local government honour award in the “connecting communities” category.

“I am incredibly impressed with the passion and commitment of the community panel,” he says.

• Bayswater council’s participatory budgeting panel – made up of conscientious locals – helped decide how the city’s budget was spent.

“It was a big job for them, and one that carried significant responsibility – the community panel spent three days deliberating over the city’s operating budget.

“The city was then able to align the 2019/20 budget with many of the panel’s recommendations, and adopt a budget that reflected the services valued by the community.

“This level of community engagement is bold and the city is the first metropolitan council to challenge the status quo.

“It’s projects like these that help us build stronger communities.”

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