The City of Whittlesea’s proposed Community Plan 2021-25 detailing 60 major initiatives for Council to deliver over the next four years has been released for community feedback.
The Plan was drafted using input from various community surveys and was informed by an extensive community consultation program delivered earlier this year.
More than 1300 people joined the conversation online and at face-to-face events during February and March to give Council a clear understanding of the community’s priorities.
Council is also releasing its proposed 10-year Financial Plan which details the financial resources needed to fund the projects and initiatives.
Chair Administrator Lydia Wilson said the Community Plan outlined the steps that Council would take over the next four years towards the aspirations set out in our community vision Whittlesea 2040: A place for all.
“More than 5000 pieces of feedback have been considered in the development of this plan. My fellow Administrators and I are so pleased that we have captured the invaluable input and ideas of so many residents,” she said.
“During the initial consultation there were 40 events, close to 700 online and paper surveys completed, 17 focus groups and 12 pop-up stalls in local areas.
“We also had 26 people join our participatory budgeting workshops to develop recommendations for the $2m Community Recovery Fund.”
Council also considered relevant health and demographic data and other feedback from broader engagement.
Now the Community Plan has been drafted, Ms Wilson said Council wanted to ensure it accurately reflected the community’s voice.
“We’re now inviting further community feedback on this proposed plan and our 10-year Financial Plan to ensure that we’ve got it right,” she said.
“We also want our community to let us know which projects they’d like to see included in the 2022-23 Council Budget.”
The Community Plan incorporates various other Council plans including the Municipal Public Health & Wellbeing Plan, Disability Action Plan and Pandemic Recovery Plan actions into the one overarching document. The Plan and its program of work has been aligned to the goals of Whittlesea 2040.
You can view the Community Plan and the 10-year Financial Plan online and have your say on these as well as provide budget suggestions until 20 September at engage.whittlesea.vic.gov.au.
Following community feedback, the Community Plan will be refined and is scheduled for adoption in October.