If you want to have a say in your community, the Town of Newmarket says Hey Newmarket.
The Town launched the citizen engagement website to provide citizens a convenient way to get involved in community-related initiatives and projects.
Introduced last July, Hey Newmarket allows you to give feedback through a variety of polls, discussion forums, surveys, and question and answers.
The Town is currently looking for feedback on the creation of a tree protection bylaw, the proposed Mulock GO Station and on-street bollards, as well as your suggestions on local hidden gems, including restaurants, parks and shops.
"We often hear from our residents that they would like to be more involved in the community but they just don't have the time to attend public meetings. Hey Newmarket, our new digital engagement tool, solves this challenge by expanding our engagement efforts and bringing the conversation online," Newmarket Mayor Tony Van Bynen said.
"Community engagement is a key strategic priority of our council and we are happy to share our stories with our online community."
Understanding the importance of developing an easily accessible online tool in today’s digital world, the Town’s innovation committee, in collaboration with a number of other departments, worked together to bring the project to fruition.
The innovation team, along with site administrators comprised of a cross section of Town staff, oversee Hey Newmarket and work closely with other departments to identify opportunities for community engagement and exciting and relevant site content.
“Comments and ideas will be used to help shape strategies, plans and activities and gain valuable insight into the community’s views and opinions. These analytics will often be used in combination with other community outreach and face-to-face consultation to help inform Council’s decision-making,” said Susan Chase, director of Innovation and Strategic Initiatives for the Town of Newmarket.
“We are very pleased with the response rate so far and the level of engagement from Newmarket residents,” Chase said. “We encourage the community to visit the web page in the coming weeks as a variety of new topics will be coming soon.”
Have your say by registering here