Open and Transparent Governance Strategy

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Our vision for Newcastle in 2030 is that we will have strong local democracy with an actively engaged community and effective partnerships.

Open and collaborative leadership provides the foundation for excellent governance with a shared approach to delivering strategic outcomes.

To help guide this style of leadership and ensure community confidence in decisions made by Newcastle City Council, we have developed a draft open and transparent governance strategy.

The draft strategy is an important tool to ensure we are addressing social, environmental, economic and civic issues in an inclusive and effective process and highlights four guiding principles.
Equity - fairness in Council's decision-making, prioritising and allocation of resources
Participation - maximising opportunities for the community to participate in decisions affecting their lives
Transparency - providing access to information the community needs to understand Council's planning and decision-making processes
Active citizenship - ensuring people can exercise their rights and responsibilities in a balanced way within our democratic society.


View the documents online:
or view hard copies at:
  • City Administration Centre, 282 King Street, Newcastle
  • Newcastle Region and Wallsend Libraries

You can make a submission on either of these documents online or send written submissions to:
The Interim Chief Executive Officer
Newcastle City Council
Attn: Esma Eftimova
PO Box 489
NEWCASTLE NSW 2300


Register for the workshop being held Wednesday 4 October using the form below.










Our vision for Newcastle in 2030 is that we will have strong local democracy with an actively engaged community and effective partnerships.

Open and collaborative leadership provides the foundation for excellent governance with a shared approach to delivering strategic outcomes.

To help guide this style of leadership and ensure community confidence in decisions made by Newcastle City Council, we have developed a draft open and transparent governance strategy.

The draft strategy is an important tool to ensure we are addressing social, environmental, economic and civic issues in an inclusive and effective process and highlights four guiding principles.
Equity - fairness in Council's decision-making, prioritising and allocation of resources
Participation - maximising opportunities for the community to participate in decisions affecting their lives
Transparency - providing access to information the community needs to understand Council's planning and decision-making processes
Active citizenship - ensuring people can exercise their rights and responsibilities in a balanced way within our democratic society.


View the documents online:
or view hard copies at:
  • City Administration Centre, 282 King Street, Newcastle
  • Newcastle Region and Wallsend Libraries

You can make a submission on either of these documents online or send written submissions to:
The Interim Chief Executive Officer
Newcastle City Council
Attn: Esma Eftimova
PO Box 489
NEWCASTLE NSW 2300


Register for the workshop being held Wednesday 4 October using the form below.










Open and Transparent Governance Strategy

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