2040 Community Vision

Ongoing consultation

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You're invited to participate in a unique opportunity to shape the future of Corangamite Shire

A SHARED VISION

Corangamite Shire has embarked on a project to develop a community-led vision of a preferred future for the whole of our municipality. Like the current township community plans, this Shire-wide vision will be created by the community, for the community.

Under the new Victorian Local Government Act 2020, the Community Vision will be updated every four years, so that its currency will be maintained for the four-year term of each newly elected Council.

A PREFERRED FUTURE

Planning for 2040 is a big topic and there are many different ways to approach it. One is to make predictions about the future based on past experience or identified trends. This year has shown us that this can be a risky business. Another approach is to imagine a different world beyond current constraints, but that too may not be especially practical. This Community Vision is more than some fanciful wish for a far-off future - it is meant to be something to guide what we do and the decisions we make today. For that reason, we are suggesting that our planning here should be for a preferred vision or visions for Corangamite Shire. That way we will set a direction - something to work towards together.

A CITIZENS JURY

This first Corangamite Community Vision is being prepared independently of Council. A Citizens Jury will be selected by an independent agency, and the Jury will be supported by an independent facilitator.

Ideas to be considered by the Citizens Jury will come from members of the Corangamite community. The Jury will also request other information it needs for its deliberations. All community submissions will be made available to the public for viewing online.

Nominations for membership of the Citizens Jury close on 31 December 2020.

REGISTER HERE

GETTING INVOLVED

We understand that not everyone will want to get involved in long-term planning for Corangamite Shire, but if you have ideas and opinions about how we should prepare for the future this is your opportunity to share them and to influence the strategic direction of Council.

Submissions to the Citizens Jury close on 19 March 2021.

  1. The new Victorian Local Government Act 2020 requires Council to develop a Community Vision to provide strategic direction for Council’s long-term planning for the municipality, as well as the four-year Council Plan.

  2. It has been demonstrated that decisions made with genuine and thorough community participation are better and more effective decisions than those made solely by elected officials or public servants.

  3. Communities not only have a right to participate in decisions which affect them, they can have trust in decisions made by fellow citizens given sufficient time and access to information to deliberate on their decisions free from undue influence.


1. Register your interest to become a member of the Citizens Jury

You can nominate to become a member of the randomly selected Citizens Jury of 45 people which will seek out, assess and weigh up relevant information and community contributions. The Jury will develop a preferred vision for the whole of Corangamite Shire. No specialist knowledge is required. Members need to bring an open mind and a willingness to share their knowledge, experience and common sense.

Participation is open to all Corangamite Shire residents over the age of 15 years, except current and former Corangamite Shire councillors and staff. The Citizens Jury will be independently selected by Democracy Co. to ensure that all demographics within the shire are represented.

Session dates for the Citizens Jury have been set:

  • 11 March 2021, 6 pm to 9 pm
  • 13 March 2021, 10 am to 3 pm
  • 27 March 2021, 10 am to 3 pm
  • 1 May 2021, 10 am to 3 pm
  • 8 May 2021, 10 am to 3 pm

If you are interested and willing to contribute to the development of the Community Vision, register here for the Citizens Jury by 31 December 2020.

If you have any questions or need help in registering, please contact Leah Bullivant on 0438 804 625 or email leah@democracyco.com.au 


2. Contribute your ideas and advice

Contribute your ideas and advice online or email 2040@corangamite.vic.gov.au and we’ll send you a link to the response form. Please call 5593 7100 if you need more copies of the print version of the response template or copies of the Conversation Kit. 

The deadline for receipt of community submissions to the Jury is Friday 19 March 2021. 

Your submission can be in any written, audio or visual form – a picture, diagram, map, video or audio file, or social media post.  


3. Conduct or participate in a 'kitchen conversation'

You are welcome to conduct or participate in a conversation with friends and colleagues using the Conversation Kit which can be found on our website. All participants are encouraged to make their own individual submissions in their own words following group discussion of strategic issues and themes raised. Individual submissions can be made online.


4. Participate in an online webinar

Members of the public can join an online webinar discussion about long-term strategic planning for Corangamite Shire. Session dates and times can be found above.

WHY 2040?
The new Local Government Act 2020 states that the scope of the Community Vision is a period of at least the next 10 financial years. The point is to look beyond day-to-day issues to set a strategic vision for the municipality. A broader 20 year horizon helps us all to think about what we really value and also what we can do to make it happen. Planning for the next four years will be addressed in the four-year Council Plan, as well as the 10-year-plus Financial Plan.

WHAT IS DELIBERATIVE ENGAGMENT?
Community engagement is a planned process encouraging active involvement of individuals and groups in decisions that affect them or are of interest to them. This typically involves the gathering of ideas and opinions through surveys and polls and sometimes voting online or at public meetings. Deliberative engagement goes a step further. It is a process where a representative group of citizens considers and critically weighs up different ideas, opinions and relevant facts in order to come to an agreed position. It typically involves examining facts from different points of view, seeking out relevant information and advice, and critical discussions between group members. Deliberative approaches are used where the decision outcomes will have high impact or long-term effects on the community.

WHO SHOULD PARTICIPATE?
Council needs a range of people to participate and contribute their ideas – so that the Community Vision reflects the needs and aspirations of the municipality as a whole. We need people representing the interests of men and women, young people and old people and those in between, people from urban and rural areas of the Shire, and a spread of participants from the north, centre and south of the Shire. We are asking participants to supply this basic demographic data so we can take active steps to seek out input from individuals in under-represented groups.

WHAT CAN BE INCLUDED IN THE VISION?
The Community Vision needs to describe the Corangamite Shire community’s aspirations for the municipality. It can include advice on any subject you think is important to shaping your preferred future for Corangamite Shire towards 2040. Ideas might cover the services, infrastructure and amenities you expect Council to provide, or how you think Council should operate. The Community Vision might include proposals for change you want Council to advocate for on behalf of the community. It might also include ideas for partnerships with the community, businesses, organisations or other governments and their agencies. The Community Vision could make reference to any social, environmental, economic or cultural issue you think is important to your preferred future for Corangamite Shire.

DOES THE COMMUNITY VISION REPLACE COMMUNITY TOWNSHIP PLANS?
Community Township Plans remain really important plans in Corangamite. The Community Vision will not replace these plans but instead is wider in scope and will look at issues affecting the Shire as a whole. Community members can still raise matters that might relate to one or more towns or other locations across Corangamite Shire as well as issues originating outside the municipality.

ISN'T THIS WHAT WE PAY COUNCIL AND ITS STAFF TO DO?
Yes, that’s the way it used to be – but not anymore. The State Parliament has passed a new Local Government Act aimed at bringing improved transparency and accountability to municipal governance. The Act requires all Councils to involve the municipal community in high-level strategic planning and direction setting. It mandates deliberative processes to ensure that the direction Council takes reflects the aspirations of the municipal community.