Community Plan Public Exhibition

Did we get it right? Tell us what you think.

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 your feedback.

The Plan was drafted using input from various community surveys and was informed by an extensive community consultation program earlier this year.

More than 1300 people joined the conversation online and at face-to-face events during February and March to give us a clear understanding of the community’s priorities.

We are also releasing our proposed 10-year Financial Plan for your feedback. This document details the financial resources needed to fund the projects and initiatives.

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 suggestions before we prepare our 2022-2023 Budget, until 20 September.

Following community feedback, the Community Plan and 10-Year Financial Plan will be refined and is scheduled for adoption in October. The Budget will be prepared early next year.

We are committed to ensuring we are inclusive in our consultation so if you have a particular need to enable you to participate fully, or you have any questions about our next steps, please contact us via email at engagement@whittlesea.vic.gov.au or call us on 9217 2170.

Read the Plans:

Let Us Know What You Think

Key Dates

Thursday 9 September 2021 06:30 pm – 07:30 pm

Proposed Community Plan 2021-25 and Long-term Financial Plan 2021-2031 Online Webinar

Join us to hear more about the proposed plan and also our Long-Term Financial Plan 2021-31. We’re also asking for your ideas for the 2022-23 Budget.

See what initiatives we’re proposing to deliver over the next four years and hear from Council’s Administrators Lydia Wilson, Peita Duncan and Chris Eddy as well as CEO Craig Lloyd.

We want to check in with our community to make sure we’ve accurately captured what you told us was most important to you before we finalise the plans.

Make sure you bring along your phone to the session – we’re going to use the online platform Menti to capture your thoughts so you’ll need a second screen.

You’ll also have the opportunity to ask questions and see how you can provided more detailed feedback on the plans.

Register at https://teams.microsoft.com/registration/B9TrA1VZB...

Community Plan Initial Consultation

Let's Talk: Shaping the Community Plan 2021-25


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 wanted to know how you think this money would be best spent to help our community rebuild.

During March, there were a variety of ways we asked our community to 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 Community Plan.

A proposed Community Plan was presented to Council on Monday 2 August and is now available for community feedback.

We are committed to ensuring we are inclusive in our consultation so if you have a particular need to enable you to participate fully, or you have any questions about our next steps, please contact us via email at engagement@whittlesea.vic.gov.au or call us on 9217 2170.

Survey

Survey Closed. Thank you for your feedback.

During March 2021 we held a participatory budgeting workshop with a randomly selected representative group of community members seeking recommendations on how Council should spend the $2m COVID-19 Community Recovery Fund to best help rebuild our community post-pandemic.

Council is currently drafting a response to each recommendation made by this group and will formally respond to the group and the broader public in May / June 2021.

Council held focus groups to discuss your ideas for the Council Plan and to get feedback on what Council should put its energy into over the next four years.

Sessions were held on:

Tuesday 9 March at 6pm to 8pm online

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

Council invited our community to join a climate change focus group to help us shape our City’s future by sharing their vision and insights into Whittlesea’s low carbon and climate-resilient future. Participants didn’t need to be an expert or familiar with all the climate change terms. This focus group was a chance for everyone to talk to us about climate change.

When: Monday 15 March from 6pm-8pm

Our staff held various pop-up's for you to tell us what's important to you for the Council Plan at the following locations:

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

Epping North - Aurora Shopping Centre, Friday 12 March from 10am-1pm.

Mernda - Mernda Junction Shopping Centre, Monday 15 March from 10am-1pm.