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Council is now recruiting members for the new term of Local Democracy Groups

Help shape the future of the Inner West.

Do you have a particular local interest you're passionate about and want to play an important role in your community? Joining a Local Democracy Group may be right for you. Council is now inviting applications for membership for the new term of 13 advisory committees and working groups.

The role of Local Democracy Groups

Advisory committees and working groups are an important part of Council’s Community Engagement Framework. They provide a platform for community members to contribute to building a stronger local community. They're also a purposeful forum to deliberate and problem solve.

They contribute to achieving community expectations as set out in the the Inner West Community Strategic Plan - Our Inner West 2036:

Strategic Direction 5, Outcome 5.3 - people are well informed and actively engaged in local decision making and problem solving

The key purpose of all advisory committees and working groups is to support Council to review and implement the Community Strategic Plan through Council’s four-year Delivery Program and annual Operational Plan.

Applications open now

Council is calling for expression of interest from the community for membership of the following advisory committees and working groups:

Advisory committeesWorking groups
Aboriginal and Torres Strait IslanderBicycle
Arts and CultureSeniors
EnvironmentYoung Leaders
Housing and affordability
Planning and Heritage
Social strategy

Find out more

Read the frequently asked questions (FAQs) - on the right.

Membership criteria

Council wants to engage and hear from a wide and diverse range of people in our community.

Members must live, work, study or volunteer in the Inner West local government area. Applicants will be assessed against selection criteria for each advisory committee or working group. Applicants will be assessed against selection criteria. Council will also aim for a diverse representation of members. Membership is limited to 15 per group. You may apply for more than one group, but membership is restricted to one advisory committee or working group during each term.

View purpose statements and selection criteria for individual advisory committees and working groups in the Document Library.

Advisory committees and working groups will meet approximately four to six times per year for a term ending September 2024. Many groups will meet for the first time in late August - dates for all groups to be confirmed.

Apply now

If you would like to nominate please complete the application form below.

Alternatively, if you'd like a hard copy application form please contact Stephanie Hatton or 9392 5777

Other ways to contact us:

  • Call a FREE Interpreter or the National Relay Service, Monday to Friday between 9am-4pm and provide our phone number 02 9392 5777.
    • Free Interpreter call TIS National on 131 450
    • Voice relay call 1300 555 727
    • TTY call 133 677
    • SMS relay call 0423 677 767

Application period has been extended to Friday 29 July 2022.

What happens next?

All applications will be assessed by the Convenors against the group's assessment criteria. An assessment panel comprising three councillors and relevant senior Council staff will review and finalise recommendations. Applicants will be notified of the outcome in late July 2022. More information can be found in the FAQs.