Help refresh our vision and be part of Council’s Plan 2021-25

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What do you think are the important issues and opportunities facing our city? Do you have ideas for how to address them? Is our community-led vision, developed in 2017, still relevant today?

Hobsons Bay City Council is inviting people who live, work and study in Hobsons Bay to reflect on the 2030 Community Vision and provide input into the Council Plan for 2021-25.

The Council Plan, developed every four years, guides Council’s work and is the roadmap to achieving the 2030 Community Vision.

An extensive community engagement plan is being rolled out across the city, including 15 facilitated workshops, an online campaign and pop-up stalls at local markets.

The 2030 Community Vision and its six priorities were developed by the community for the community in 2017 and provides a long-term strategic direction for the city.

At the time of development, it was based on evidence of current and future community needs and was developed following an in-depth community consultation and engagement process.

The vision for 2030 is: “to embrace our heritage, environment and diversity to provide a community that is inclusive, empowered, sustainable and visionary, led by a Council of excellence.”

The six priorities are:

• visionary, vibrant, accountable urban planning

• community wellbeing and inter-connection

• growth through innovation, access to local jobs, technology and education

• proactive enrichment, expansion and conservation of the natural and urban environment

• to activate sustainable practices

• an accessible and connected community

As part of the four year evaluation of the Community Vision, Council is inviting the community to reflect on whether the vision still represents our citizens’ aspirations for the future of Hobsons Bay and that the vision and strategic direction it provides Council still meets our community’s needs.

Following community feedback, the draft Council Plan and refreshed Community Vision will be on public exhibition from mid-April to mid-May, pending adoption at the April Council Meeting. The community will be able to provide further input before the final Council Plan is adopted in June 2021.

As part of an extensive community consultation process, COVIDSafe, in-person-facilitated workshops will be run across a diverse range of community and stakeholder groups, online sessions will be available. Councillors and staff will attend events across the city in the coming weeks.

Workshops

  • Environment and Sustainability: Wednesday 10 February, 9.30am to 12pm, Altona Civic Centre, Council Chambers
  • Diversity: Wednesday 10 February, 2pm to 4.30 pm, Laverton Hub, Function Room
  • Disability and Access: Thursday 11 February, 9.30am to 12pm, online
  • Youth: Thursday 11 February, 4pm to 6.30pm, Newport Hub, Room 1
  • Seniors: Thursday 18 February, 9.30am to 12pm, Williamstown Town Hall, The Chamber
  • Connectivity and Amenity: Thursday 18 February, 2pm to 4.30pm, Williamstown Town Hall, The Chamber
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples: Tuesday 16 February, 9.30am to 12pm, Laverton Hub, Multipurpose Room 1
  • Wetlands Ward (Laverton, Altona Meadows, Seabrook): Sunday 21 February 10.30am-1pm, Laverton Hub, Recreation Room
  • Wetlands Ward: Wednesday 24 February, 5.30pm to 8pm online
  • Cherry Lake Ward (Altona, Altona North, Brooklyn, Seaholme): Saturday 20 February, 10.30am to 1pm, Altona Civic Centre, Council Chambers
  • Cherry Lake Ward: Monday 22 February, 5.30pm to 8pm, online
  • Strand Ward (South Kingsville, Newport, Williamstown, Williamstown North): Saturday 20 February, 2.30pm to 5pm, Williamstown Town Hall, The Chamber
  • Strand Ward, Thursday 25 February, 5.30pm to 8pm, online

The community can also chat to staff and give feedback at:

  • Altona Meadows Regional Farmers Market, Sunday 7 February, 9am to 2pm, A B Shaw Reserve, Hall Avenue, Altona Meadows
  • Altona Beach Market, Tuesday 9 February, 9am to 2pm, Pier Street, Altona
  • Williamstown Regional Farmers Market, Sunday 14 February, 9am to 2pm, Robertsons Reserve, 105-109 Cecil Street, Williamstown
  • Spotswood Slow Food Farmers Market, Saturday 27 February, 8am to 1pm, Spotswood-Kingsville RSL, 63 The Avenue, Spotswood

To register for a workshop, please visit participate.hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au/refreshing-community-vision-hobsons-bay

The Hobsons Bay 2030 Community Vision, Council Plan 2017-21 and Annual Budget 2020-21 is available to view on Participate Hobsons Bay: participate.hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au/refreshing-community-vision-hobsons-bay

Quotes attributable to Mayor of Hobsons Bay Councillor Jonathon Marsden

“The Hobsons Bay 2030 Community Vision was the product of more than 2,500 interactions with our community via surveys, interviews and consultations before 35 randomly selected community representatives dedicated a weekend to collectively write the vision and priorities.

“Taking the time four years later to reflect on the 2030 Community Vision, and gathering ideas from the community about how we can work to keep achieving it, is essential to prioritise Council’s work and understand the current and future needs of our community.

“I urge everyone to actively get involved and share your ideas for the future of Hobsons Bay.”

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