How Government Is Using Social Media to Encourage Community Involvement in Planning Sydney

19/06/2012 12:23 am


The NSW Government is preparing a new Metropolitan strategy to provide a framework for Sydney's growth over the next 20 years. The NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure is encouraging residents of Sydney to use social media to join the conversation on the future of Sydney.

The Planning Department has this week launched a two-minute video about planning for Sydney's future and showcasing some of the views of residents. The public is being invited to use Facebook and Twitter to share their views on on the big planning issues of their local area, including housing, employment, transport and the environment.



Community comment is being sort until Friday 29 June, following the release of a discussion paper, Sydney over the next 20 years, by the Planning Minister Brad Hazzard (reported by Blockbrief earlier this month).

Deputy Director General Ian Reynolds said that social media is being used to build on the feedback already received from more traditional community involvement methods.

"We have already collected some very valuable feedback from residents at the drop-in information sessions, and through written submissions, and now we want to build on that feedback through social media."

"This is an excellent opportunity for people to have input into what they want for their families and communities," Mr Reynolds said.

On Facebook, residents can 'like" the new 'Plan Sydney' page and submit photos of their favourite places and things they like about Sydney, or what they like about other cities, which could work in Sydney. Residents can also join the conversation about Sydney's future on Twitter at @PlanSydney or #SydneyHaveYourSay.



The feedback is to be used in drafting the new Metropolitan Strategy, which is being prepared alongside the Long-Term Transport Master Plan for NSW and a new State Infrastructure Strategy.  A draft Metropolitan Strategy is expected to be released for comment later this year.

Do you think the social media efforts of the NSW Government will help increase community involvement in the planning of Sydney? And do you think social media involvement will help the community take more ownership of the strategy? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.