Environment Minister Ian Hunter today congratulated the Dog and Cat Management Board (DCMB) after it won an Australasian award for involving the public in dog and cat law changes.

The DCMB and DemocracyCo entered a joint submission for their stakeholder engagement and citizens’ jury process around dog and cat management policy reform.

They won the Environment Award Category of the 2016 International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) Australasia Core Values Awards announced last night.

Background

IAP2 is the leading public participation Association in Australasia, and promotes and improves the practice of public participation or community engagement in decisions affecting citizens.

IAP2 Australasia’s Core Values Awards recognise and encourage projects and organisations that are at the forefront of public participation and community engagement, and were created to encourage excellence, quality and innovation in this field.

Quotes attributable to Environment Minister Ian Hunter

It is very exciting that the Dog and Cat Management Board, working with DemocracyCo have won an IAP2 award, which recognises excellence in public participation in decision-making.

The State Government has a strong track record of bringing the community’s voice into decisions, guided by the State Government’s Better Together: Principles of Engagement.

Our Citizens’ Jury on Unwanted Pets was very successful and is being held up as ‘the model’ across the South Australian public service for citizen juries and the field of deliberative democracy.

The process resulted in the Dog and Cat Management Amendment Bill 2015 – which includes mandatory desexing – that was recently passed by Parliament.

I commend the community engagement work undertaken by the DCMB and DemocracyCo and congratulate them on their award.

I would also like to congratulate the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, who were highly commended in the Organisation of the Year Category.