Why do I need to register?

Why engage online?

Engaging online allows you to have your say in Council’s decision making process in your own time and comfort, engaging online means :

  • You don't have to attend community meetings at a set place and time, you can contribute at a time and place that suits you.
  • It is a quick, safe and convenient way to have your say on a range of issues and topics.
  • It is a great way to keep up to date and contribute your views on issues affecting your community.
  • It allows for a range of different people, with different views to discuss matters that impact on their community.

How does being a registered user benefit me?

Registering tells us a little about you and allows us to get back to you if required.   Knowing about you and your relationship to the project or Bayside community helps us understand the many differing viewpoints we receive.  For example a project in a local park ;   a person who works in Bayside and lives somewhere else may have different input to someone who lives next door to the park.  Knowing about you helps us understand the data and where it comes from.  Collecting information about you also helps us know we have connected with our diverse community, if we see a gap we haven’t reached, we can try and connect with that group in a different way.

What happens to my feedback / comments?

All comments, ideas and suggestions are collated and used by the relevant project officer to inform the development of strategies, programs, activities and designs, or to gain an insight into community views and opinions.

When each consultation closes, all contributions are compiled into a report, which will be presented to Council when considering the particular matter.

All feedback provided during consultation will be considered, however this does not mean that every suggestion is implemented, your input informs the project.

What's the difference between a formal submission form & a survey?

Some engagements are done as a legislative requirement or Council policy. These are usually for strategic decisions (e.g. Annual Budget).  A formal submission requires the contact name and address of respondents which becomes public information and is provided to Council for their consideration.  Some of our engagements are to gather community thoughts and feelings or ask the community how they use an area, or what they would like to see.  Information for these types of engagements are usually done via a survey and input is collated into a Council report.

 How do I submit my feedback?

Your feedback can be submitted via the online forums, quick polls and surveys relevant to each of the projects currently open for consultation. To participate simply register.

or you can send your feedback by mail to :

 Project owner (get their name from Have Your Say – Who’s listening section)

Insert title of project

PO Box 21, Rockdale NSW 2216

Can I be anonymous if i'm registered?

Yes!  Just chose a username of your choice, this name will be shown and not your name or email address.


Your privacy is important to us – your details are not distributed to any third parties.

Is the site moderated?

Have Your Say is hosted and moderated by an external independent organisation, Bang the Table.

How can I edit my profile?

Log into your account on the register page. Once you're logged in you'll see your Username above Homepage banner in the top right hand corner. Click on the drop down arrow, which brings up a menu, then click Profile and make any updates.

Who can I contact about Have Your Say Bayside?

If you have any questions on Council's engagement process, please email: sharon.mitchell@bayside.nsw.gov.au

If you have a question regarding a specific project currently open for consultation, please contact the relevant project officer. Their contact details can be found on Have Your Say in the Who’s Listening section for each project.