A blistering critique by Victoria's Auditor General of community consultation and public participation in decision-making by local governments reflected poorly on local councils.
We invited the Auditor General's office to speak to our council clients, other councils and statutory authorities at an evening function at our office. Those attending enjoyed a valuable insight into the report's background and action points.
Clifton has worked with a number of councils and statutory authorities to address their shortfalls in community consultation.
We were also invited by RMIT University to jointly promote and participate in a two-day seminar on the issue of community consultation. Communications and community engagement executives from councils and statutory bodies were invited.
We have assisted major sporting venues and private schools seeking to upgrade and expand their facilities. Expansion plans often generate hostile opposition from neighbours and community groups. Clifton helps its clients negotiate their way through local council bureaucracy while allaying the fears of concerned neighbours and community groups.
Anti-corruption initiatives by the Victorian government resulted in the establishment of the Independent Broad-Based Anti Corruption Commission (IBAC).
We have worked closely with councils and statutory authorities across Victoria to ensure their executive teams - and all employees - understand the various levels of corruption, the inherent dangers and how to avoid them.
We have also monitored IBAC hearings for clients affected by or potentially liable to IBAC action. This has entailed working closely with the client and their lawyers to ensure that the organisation's key stakeholders are aware of the organisation's response to any allegations from the hearings.