This comes from yesterday’s Australian Financial Review regarding a contentious desalination plant which Sydney is planning for.
The key points which the paper reported were:
- “Plans for a desalination plant in Sydney have been released for public consultation.”
- “The decision to build the plant is final, says the minister.”
Now I’m not quite sure where this fits in Arnstein’s ladder of participation*, but the way that was reported sure looks like a form of non-participation, rather than public consultation.
No wonder people are wary about ‘public consultation’ programs that go out, which appear participatory, but really are just telling them what will happen.
(* Arnstein S 1969 ‘A Ladder of Citizen Participation’ AIP Journal p 216-224 )
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