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Council meetings a chance to shape the community

Council meetings a chance to shape the community

Tuesday, August 03, 2021

The City of Whittlesea will take its Council meetings on the road next year with four meetings and community forums scheduled for community locations in 2022.

At the 2 August meeting, Council endorsed its 2022 meeting schedule which includes quarterly meetings to be located across the City of Whittlesea.

The community meetings will be held on:

  • 21 March at Whittlesea Community Activity Centre
  • 13 June at Barry Road Community Activity Centre in Thomastown
  • 19 September at Galada Community Centre in Epping
  • 12 December at Mernda Village Community Activity Centre.

These are in addition to upcoming community meetings already scheduled for 6 September 2021 at Galada Community Centre and 6 December 2021 at Barry Road Community Activity Centre.

These meetings will include a public forum beforehand to provide the community with the opportunity to meet with the Council’s Administrators, CEO and senior leadership team.

Chair Administrator Lydia Wilson said holding regular Council meetings and forums in various locations around the City of Whittlesea allows the community to attend more easily.

“We want to encourage a greater level of community participation in Council. We want people to come along and to see Council in action as well as providing them with an opportunity to meet with us and talk to us about issues and opportunities that are important to them,” she said.

“This is an important part of our new Community Engagement Policy which sets out our commitment to actively involved the people who matter the most – those living, working, studying and doing business within the City of Whittlesea.”

 “Holding Council meetings and offering public forums at different community centres across the City, instead of always at South Morang, will hopefully remove some of the barriers to people joining us.”

“We’ve giving everyone plenty of notice, so I’d encourage the community to pencil these dates in their calendar; we’d love to see as many people as possible attending,” Ms Wilson said.

All other Council meetings for 2022 are scheduled to be at the Civic Centre in South Morang on the third Monday of the month, with the exception of January when the meeting is scheduled for the 31st and April when it will be held on the 11th to accommodate the public holiday.

All meetings will also continue to be livestreamed on YouTube.

Visit our Council Meetings webpage for times and dates of meetings.