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Speak Up

Be Aware

Be aware of all the development issues in your community. These issues affect all citizens. Awareness of these issues is the very best place to start.

Educate Yourself

Educate yourself about the development issues in your community. This can be achieved by doing research on the internet, reading newspaper/magazine articles, attending community meetings, and visiting websites like this one.

Attend Community Meetings

Democracy works well when those in a democracy participate in the democratic process. This can be accomplished at the grass roots level by simply attending community meetings to get more information, or to express your opinions.

Write Letters

Express Your Concerns!!!! Enter into an old-fashioned correspondence by mail. Writing letters to the decision makers in government and industry do have an impact. Let them know your thoughts. An example letter is provided to get you started (use the example letter as a template, make it your own letter by expressing your thoughts). We have listed some addresses for your convenience.

Effective Letter Writing Tips - make your voice heard

Letter writing is a simple but powerful tool. Those in positions of power or influence do react to the letters they receive. They realize that citizens care about the issues, that their actions are being watched, and that they will be held accountable for their actions.

Tips

  • Keep your letter to one page.
  • Keep your letter to one idea or topic. A multiple topic letter may get circulated amongst staff and possibly misdirected or delayed.
  • Don’t use a form letter. Your own words and thoughts will carry a lot more weight.
  • State why you are writing the letter in the first sentence. “I am writing to express my concerns about …”
  • Identify yourself and the issue. In the first paragraph of your letter state who you are and what issue you are writing about.
  • Focus on your main points. Choose the strongest points to support your argument and develop them clearly. Too much information can distract from your position.
  • Make it personal. Explain why the issue matters to you and how it affects you, your family, and your community.
  • Make a specific request of the person to whom you are writing, and try to make the request reasonable.
  • Be sure to sign the letter. Write your name, don’t type it.
  • A handwritten letter is fine if your writing is legible. It doesn’t need to be fancy.
  • Address the letter to a particular person. Include appropriate titles eg. The Honourable ...
  • Make a specific request of the person to whom you are writing, and try to make the request reasonable.
  • Ask for a response to your letter.
  • Send a copy to any other interested groups.

You may also want to help by making a:

  • Financial Contribution
  • Expertise Contribution
  • Time Contribution

If you want to help the Livingstone Landowners Group please contact any of the people on our Contact Us page.