Twitter Cabinet “2013 and beyond: The #Canberra you’d like to see”

At lunchtime on Monday 28th November we held our third Twitter Cabinet. This time the theme was“2013 and beyond: The #Canberra you’d like to see”.

Tweeters engaged with Cabinet ministers, Andrew Barr, Simon Corbell, Joy Burch, Chris Bourke and myself on a range of issues via the hashtag #actvcc. We had about 384 Tweets during the hour.

Some great ideas were put forward about how we can all contribute to making our great city an even better place to live, with public transport being the number 1 topic of the day.

Another idea was that the next Twitter Cabinet should aim to involve young people.

I think this a great idea and am really keen to engage the youth in the society they will eventually inherit.  Details for the ‘Youth Cabinet’ will be worked out soon but I expect it will take place early in the New Year.

I am keen to hear your thoughts on the ‘Youth Cabinet’ and how it can work best.  As always you can post your ideas and comments   via @KatyGMLA on Twitter or via my Facebook page.

I really hope to see more and more people taking part in future Twitter Cabinet’s.

The flood of new digital technologies and platforms provide exciting opportunities for us to have a direct, real time chatwith the people who may not have previously engaged with us.

And while governments are getting better in engagement with Canberrans online, via Twitter, Facebook and the Time 2 Talk website, it is of course important to keep up our efforts on the  more traditional methods like community meetings, morning teas, mobile offices, and  talkback radio, as well as through our s daily media appearances and interviews.

Good two way (and hopefully mutually beneficial) communication is fundamental to good governance, so the more we hear from the community the better we can shape the place they want to see in the future.

I look forward to hearing your thoughts.