RECS wins Core Values Award
The department’s Remote Engagement and Coordination Strategy (RECS) has been awarded the Indigenous Projects award and a highly commended for Project of the Year in the 2016 International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) Australasia Core Values Awards.
The strategy aims to change the behaviour of visitors to remote communities through a common engagement and coordination framework.
RECS promotes the importance of capturing and acting on community feedback and reducing the burden of engagement on remote community members by avoiding duplication and unnecessary consultation. It also provides practical tips and tools to build the capacity of staff to better engage with community decision-makers.
Program coordinator Martin Plumb said “We are thrilled with the recognition the strategy has received through these awards.
“The benefit to communities of implementing this strategy will hopefully mean less unnecessary engagement, reducing the burden to meet as often with government representatives and a clearer understanding of what visitors want to discuss before they arrive in a remote community.”
The strategy is based on IAP2’s internationally recognised engagement methodology and the department partners with IAP2 to deliver training to Northern Territory public servants in all regional centres.
The Core Values Awards were created to encourage excellence, quality and innovation in public participation. They recognise and encourage projects that demonstrate leading practice and organisations that are at the forefront of public participation.
You can take a look at the website at www.bushready.nt.gov.au
Contact Martin Plumb on x96253 for RECS training information.