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CRG Terms of Reference

Ausbuild

Words by Ausbuild

Sep. 24, 20218 min read

Introduction

The Sanctuary is a vibrant new community in Warner in Brisbane’s thriving north-west being created by renowned Queensland community developer and builder, Ausbuild.

Life at The Sanctuary embraces the warmth of neighbourhood connection and the joy of the outdoors – encouraging a sense of sharing, belonging, and caring for the environment. Its unique natural setting encompasses 11 hectares of rejuvenated conservation corridors complete with 26,000 new trees and shrubs, and special wildlife protections including a dedicated koala and fauna corridor, and koala fencing.

‘Sanctuary South’ refers to a number of lots on the southern side of Warner Road, where its Sales Centre is currently located. Ausbuild intends to lodge a Development Application in the near future for Sanctuary South.

Currently in the early planning phases, Ausbuild is establishing a Community Reference Group (CRG) as part of its commitment to meaningful engagement and open, transparent communication. The intention of the CRG is to help us inform how the new development contributes to its local environment and brings the future community together.

Purpose, Scope and Objectives

The purpose of the CRG is to:

  • Be a forum where community representatives discuss issues of community interest
  • Draw on local knowledge to enhance community outcomes
  • Be a consultation / engagement and information sharing mechanism
  • Build the community’s awareness and understanding of the project
  • Foster genuine and meaningful engagement.

The scope of the CRG is to implement the Sanctuary Community Fund which will incorporate a grants program of up to $25,000 per quarter, over a 12 month period.

The scope also encompasses input and feedback into the following:

  • Parks and open spaces (such as playground equipment, seating etc)
  • Environmental protection of flora and fauna
  • Engagement and communication mechanisms with the broader community
  • Visually connecting ‘Sanctuary South’ to ‘Sanctuary North’ (e.g. landscaping).

Powers of the CRG

The CRG provides information, advice and views and, where sought, recommendations to Ausbuild. The group has the opportunity to influence Ausbuild’s decision making, however, does not have decision making authority.

Membership

Membership on The Sanctuary South CRG is voluntary. Membership will consist of:

  • A maximum of five (5) community members all of whom are appointed through an Expression of Interest process
  • A Chairperson, to be the Ausbuild Development Manager for Sanctuary South
  • A Facilitator, to be a third-party urban place making and community relations expert.

Subject matter experts may also be invited time to time to discuss particular issues or aspects of the project.

Member Responsibilities

By virtue of applying and participating in the CRG, members will:

  • Attend and participate in meetings
  • Adhere to the Terms of Reference
  • Represent broad community views
  • Not disrupt proceedings of the CRG or Ausbuild’s general business
  • Provide information and advice to Ausbuild on their community engagement outcomes relating to The Sanctuary South.

Term

The term of membership is one (1) year, subject to compliance with these Terms of Reference.  It is expected that there will be 7 or 8 meetings (of approximately 90 minutes each) of the CRG over the 12 month term.

Vacancy

In the event of member vacancy, the Chairperson may appoint a new member by revisiting unsuccessful EOI applications or through an advertising process.

Termination

A member may be removed from the CRG if they:

  • Are absent from two (2) consecutive meetings
  • If they breach these Terms of Reference, by decision of the Facilitator, who will formally notify the member in writing.

Any decision to terminate a member’s participation will be at the sole discretion of the independent facilitator and no discussion will be entered into.

Members may terminate their own membership at any time. Notice of membership termination must be provided in writing to the Facilitator.

Quorum

Where a decision of the CRG is required, judgement will favour the majority.

Expression of Interest Process

Membership on the CRG will be advertised and managed through an Expression of Interest (EOI) process to be undertaken every 12 months.

Interested community members will be required to complete an EOI application to be considered for membership. Submissions will be assessed by a panel comprising an Ausbuild team member, a relevant project consultant,  and an independent facilitator based on eligibility criteria, and responses to selection criteria.

The EOI will be advertised on the Ausbuild website, and in local newspapers for two (2) weeks. Ausbuild will write to a cross section of community leaders (schools, businesses and recreation providers) to ensure broad awareness of the CRG and encourage membership.

Interested members will be required to submit an EOI application, meeting the eligibility and selection criteria, by the due date stipulated in the advertisement. Successful and unsuccessful applicants will be notified in writing.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants for the CRG must:

  • Be 18 years or older
  • Reside within the suburb of Warner or immediate surrounding suburbs of Eatons Hill, Brendale and Bray Park, within the Moreton Bay Regional Council
  • Not be a current Local member of Parliament (MP) at the State or Federal level, or a Local Councillor
  • Not have an undisclosed Conflict of Interest (see definition, below) with Ausbuild or its development of The Sanctuary, Warner.

Conflict of interest

A conflict of interest may occur when an individual becomes unreliable because of a clash between personal interests and their ability to act objectively and in the interest of the efficient functioning of the CRG.

Selection Criteria

Applicants will need to respond to questions relating to their interest in becoming a member of the CRG outlined on the Ausbuild website. The questions will be outlined in the EOI.

Responses to these questions will be scored using the following rating system:

Score

Response

1

Low or no level of interest with no relevant experience

2

Some interest with limited experience demonstrated

3

High level of interest and relevant experience demonstrated

4

High level of interest and relevant experience detailed and demonstrated, with experience linked to the CRG objectives.

Representation

Where possible, the CRG aims to be representative of the community’s diversity in demographics, interests and knowledge including:

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Cultural background
  • Family structure.

Meetings

Frequency

Meetings will be held on an approximately bimonthly basis (every 2 months) at the Ausbuild Sales Centre located at 75 Warner Road.

Agenda and Summary Outcomes Report

The meeting agenda will be distributed one week in advance of the meeting, and a summary report of each meeting will be made public on the Ausbuild website.

Stipend

CRG members will receive a stipend to the value of $125 for each meeting they attend to compensate their time, travel and meal costs and recognise the value of their contribution.

 Members may opt to donate the funds if they wish (or if required by their organisation) to a school, charity or community organisation of their choice.

Conduct

Members are required to:

  • Act with honesty, good faith and integrity
  • Abide by the Terms of Reference
  • Declare any actual or perceived conflicts of interest at the commencement of every meeting
  • Represent the interests of the local community rather than individual interests or issues
  • Maintain confidentiality of discussions within meetings.

Members are not permitted to liaise with the media and represent either the opinions of Ausbuild or the CRG. Members must not use the CRG for any public lobbying or political purposes, including use of social media to promote specific campaigns or strategies. Any material or actions that breach this code of conduct will result in immediate termination of membership.

Members cannot use any information disclosed at meetings for personal purposes or gains for either themselves or others (including financial gains) and must maintain confidentiality of all information provided.

Review

These Terms of Reference will be reviewed annually.