Local councils are uniquely placed to engage deliberatively with their community. They make complex trade-off decisions that need to be tailored to local needs. Traditionally, this level of engagement has been too difficult for small councils, and so surveys and self-selected groups are default options. These are both too easy to ignore and provide the wrong kind of answers. A representative and deliberative engagement is much more difficult to set aside because of the way it involves the community in actively making the informed decision for council.