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Why not get involved in council decisions?

By Kevin Kelly

There have more than likely been times in the past where you've looked at what your local council is up to and thought you could have an input in how to make it better.

Thanks to a new scheme in Bunbury, you could soon be able to do just that. The Household Panel project was launched in April – and it needs your help.

Whether you own property in the area or live in Bunbury rentals, the local council is asking people to sign up to the panel and take part in all sorts of consultations.

Members were recently asked if they'd like to voluntarily contribute to city projects in addition to their annual rates payment, but there are plenty of other issues also up for debate.

"We want to remove the stigma that council is inaccessible by encouraging the community to join up to the panel and to become vocal in expressing their views," said city mayor Gary Brennan.

"This initiative is something we are very proud of and we hope the community also sees the value in it."

If you do decide to get involved, the next consultation will look at what people think about the council's 2014-15 Budget and how money will be spent over the next 12 months.

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