Western Australia’s Environment Protection Authority are a small department with their central office located in sunny Perth. With limited staff on the ground, the benefits of being able to use Citizen Space have been increasingly realised over the past four months, since they took on the system in October 2012.

After discussing the wonders of new organisation websites over a cider or two on Monday evening with the Delib team, we were lucky enough to be able to ask Donna Weston, Communications Coordinator at Environment Protection Agency a few questions.

Delib AU & UK team members meet Donna Weston from EPA

Donna – what do you enjoy most about your role at EPA?

It’s great to be able to see everything through from the beginning of a process to the final outcome. The organisation is so diverse, I get to take part in some really interesting projects; I really love my job!

Also I got to run the internal staff photo competition, that was lots of fun 😉

What type of consultations do EPA run?

About 90% of our consultations are based around public comment rather than necessarily being traditional consultations. It is important to allow the public to provide this input to inform decision making.

How do you push to promote consultations at the Environment Protection Agency?

Our Citizen Space is linked straight through from our homepage and has a top spot on the home page. I also run the Twitter account which is interesting. Most of our tweets form a one way conversation, but this works fine for helping to encourage feedback.