A consultation process was undertaken between 31 October and 12 December 2011 regarding the Brownhill Keswick Creek Draft Stormwater Management Plan (the Draft Plan).
The consultation process was undertaken by an independent consultant team comprised of URPS, Natalie Fuller & Associates Pty Ltd, and Harlen Graphics, on behalf of the five catchment Councils: the Cities of Adelaide, Burnside, Mitcham, Unley and West Torrens.
This report summarises the feedback collected via the consultation process on the Draft Plan.
The consultation process aimed to:
- Provide information to stakeholders and the broader community regarding the Draft Plan;
- Receive feedback on the Draft Plan from stakeholders and the broader community;
- Collate and summarise feedback on the Draft Plan for use by the five Councils in finalising the Draft Plan.
The consultation process comprised three key aspects, namely:
- Preparation and distribution of information materials and feedback form;
- Conduct of briefings, meetings and open days;
- Receipt, collation and analysis of feedback.
Preparation and distribution of information materials
A suite of information materials was prepared including:
- A summary report which summarised key aspects of the Draft Plan;
- A summary brochure which provided an overview of the Draft Plan, the consultation process and how people could access more information;
- Fact sheets addressing key components of the Draft Plan.
A feedback form and reply paid envelope were also provided to assist members of the community to provide their feedback on the Draft Plan.
The information materials and the feedback form were made available via a direct mail out to:
- 26,539 property owners and occupiers across the catchment;
- A number of community, sporting and recreation groups, schools, libraries, community centres and Adelaide Park Lands user groups;
- Federal and State Members of Parliament, State government Ministers, government departments and Councils;
The information materials and the feedback form were also made available:
- At each Council’s offices where consultation materials were displayed and made available to take home, and the Draft Plan was on display;
- On a dedicated web page linked to the home pages of the five catchment Councils which provided background information, details of the consultation process, and electronic copies of the information materials. The website also featured an online version of the feedback form.
- At the open days.
Conduct of briefings, meetings and open days
Members of the wider community could obtain further information about the Draft Plan by attending any or all of three open days which were held during the consultation period at the Unley Town Hall, the Mitcham Civic Centre and the West Torrens Civic Centre. The open days provided an opportunity to learn more about the Draft Plan and ask questions of members of the project team. In total, approximately 160 people attended the three open days.
It was recognised that there were a number of key stakeholders that had a special interest in the Draft Plan and therefore a number of key groups within the community were invited to meet with members of the consultation team as part of the consultation process. In total, six groups accepted this invitation to meet, with some groups meeting on more than one occasion.
Feedback on the Draft Plan from representatives of the Kaurna and Ramindjeri peoples was also pursued via telephone and direct mail but to date no response has been received.
Invitations to be briefed were provided to Federal and State Members of Parliament, State government Ministers, government departments and Councils. Briefings were held with the Department for Health, the State Emergency Service, and the Department for Water.