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Let's Talk: Join the conversation and shape the Council Plan 2021-25

We’re kicking off a conversation with people who live, work or run a business in the City of Whittlesea to help us develop our next four-year Council Plan.

The Council Plan sets the direction for Council to focus its efforts and each year has an action plan that shows what we will do to get to the end goal (Whittlesea 2040).

Last year Council committed $2m to a Community Recovery Fund to help our community recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. We want to know how you think this money would be best spent to help our community rebuild.

Over the next month, there will be a variety of ways you can contribute to the conversation around the Council Plan 2021-25 and the Community Recovery Fund. Your views are important to us and we want to make sure that you can have a say. We recently released a new Community Engagement Policy which explains a new way of consulting with our community on issues of importance, like the Council Plan.

We will then collate all the ideas and report back on what we’ve heard before prioritizing the actions. A draft Council Plan will be presented to Council for consideration later this year.

There are lots of ways you can get involved in the conversation over the next few months. We are committed to ensuring we are inclusive in our consultation so if you have a particular need to enable you to participate fully, please contact us via email at engagement@whittlesea.vic.gov.au or call us on 9217 2170.

Participate in person

Community Recovery Fund Budgeting workshop

We want your recommendations on how the $2m Community Recovery Fund would be best spent to help rebuild our community post-pandemic.

We’re holding a three-part workshop for a small group of people from the community to explore ideas on spending the fund to help recovery.

When: 18 March 6-7.30pm, 25 March 6-9pm and 31 March 6-9pm. Express your interest in participating  

Find out more about the event and how to register here.

Community Focus Groups

Join one of our focus groups for different age groups to discuss your ideas for the Council Plan. Tell us what you think Council should put its energy into over the next four years. Register your interest below. You’ll receive a $20 voucher for your efforts.

Register your interest in joining one of the following sessions:

Adults aged 50-69 Tuesday 9 March at 6pm to 8pm online

Young people aged 16-24 Wednesday 10 March at 6pm to 8pm online

Adults Aged 25-49 Wednesday 10 March at 6pm to 8pm online

Young people aged 16-24 Thursday 11 March at 6pm to 8pm online

Adults Aged 25-49 Thursday 11 March at 6pm to 8pm online

World Cafe for people aged 70+ Friday 12 March from 10am until 12pm at the Civic Centre in South Morang

Community Council Forum and March Council Meeting

We’ll be holding our regular Council Meeting at the Whittlesea Community Activity Centre in Laurel St, Whittlesea on Monday 1 March. Come along to a community forum beforehand where we’ll be discussing what it is you think Council should be focussing our efforts on over the next four years. 

When: Monday 1 March at Whittlesea Community Activity Centre.

Community Forum starts at 6.15pm

Council Meeting starts at 7.30pm

Due to COVID restrictions, numbers are limited. Register your attendance here.

Youth Forum

Young people aged 12-17 are invited to share their ideas on what matters most, to help shape the Council Plan 2021-25 on Tuesday 9 March at 4.30pm -5.30pm online. Register to attend.

Climate Change Focus Group

You’re invited to join a climate change focus group to help us shape our City’s future by sharing your vision and insights into Whittlesea’s low carbon and climate-resilient future. You don’t need to be an expert or familiar with all the climate change terms. This focus group is a chance for everyone to talk to us about climate change. Register your interest below. You’ll receive a $20 voucher for your efforts.

When: Monday 15 March from 6pm-8pm

Register your attendance here.

 

Community Pop-up sessions in your local area

Meet our staff and tell us what's important to you for the Council Plan at the following locations:

Whittlesea Township, Before the Community Council Meeting, Monday 1 March at 6.15pm

Pacific Epping Shopping Centre, outside the Westpac entrance, Thursday 4 March from 10am to 1pm

Lalor Shopping Centre - Station Street and May Rd on Friday 5 March from 11am to 2pm

Mill Park, All Abilities Play Space in Morang Drive, Saturday  6 March from 12pm to 3pm 

Donnybrook, Olivine Place, Sunday 7 March from 10am to 1pm

Thomastown Recreation & Aquatic Centre, outside on Wednesday 10 March from 4pm-7pm

Westfield Plenty Valley in South Morang, Thursday 11 March from 10am to 1pm.

 

Participate online

Online survey 

Fill out our online survey and tell us what are your priorities.

Online community recovery budgeting suggestions

More details coming soon