Maroondah 2040 Community Vision: looking forward

The community’s vision for Maroondah over the next 20 years, and how we plan to get there, has been outlined within the Draft Maroondah 2040 Community Vision – April 2020 Update. The updated Vision is now out on community exhibition from 23 April to 21 May 2020.

The Maroondah 2040 Community Vision captures the aspirations, desires and priorities of the community. It provides a ‘roadmap’ for Council, the community and other levels of government to work together to continue to shape the future of Maroondah to the year 2040.

Over the past 18 months, Council has undertaken a review of the Maroondah 2040 Community Vision which has involved extensive community consultation.

The review has involved:

  • evaluating the progress made towards the Maroondah 2040 Community Vision
  • research into emerging trends and shifts in community issues
  • engaging with the broader community to seek their input on future aspirations and priorities
  • consulting with our partners on how we can better work together to improve the wellbeing of everyone in Maroondah

Mayor of Maroondah, Councillor Mike Symon, said the revised Vision responds to the collective ideas of the Maroondah community – residents, service providers, community groups and businesses – who have shared their needs and expectations for the future.

“Council has been working with the community on the development of a united vision for Maroondah; one that will address the many challenges the municipality faces, and one that will see it flourish into the future,” Cr Symon said.

“We have consulted widely and listened to the community’s hopes for the future and the places and things that they love about their local neighbourhood. Our community have told us they value the diversity of activity centres, business precincts, open spaces, canopy vegetation and other unique features that contribute to the thriving character of Maroondah. It is these aspirations that have helped shape the vision,” he said.

“In 2013 and 2014, Council worked with the community to understand what key factors were influencing Maroondah’s future. Out of this extensive consultation emerged Maroondah 2040: Our future together. Five years into the journey, we have checked in with our community to see what they think has changed, and what they envision for the future of our City.

“The latest outcomes from community engagement and background research have enabled Council to create a revised community vision that reflects emerging needs and future opportunities,” Cr Symon said.

Cr Symon said it was important to look to the future to ensure the unique and valuable parts of our communities were protected, while also adapting to future trends.

“Maroondah is continually growing and changing. By 2041, our population is projected to reach 146,335 – that’s another 25,117 people (Australian Bureau of Statistics 2019). Population growth needs to be approached in a way that is responsive to social needs, demographic change and environmental impacts.

“Growth in Maroondah will need to be managed to deliver liveable places with affordable housing, excellent services and sufficient employment opportunities. An emphasis on 20-minute neighbourhood principles and community hubs will also be crucial,” Cr Symon said.

“As a community, we will also need to plan for and respond to key issues that will impact Maroondah. Council has a role in helping to plan for and sustain healthy and active communities,” he said.

“The global COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced the role of Council in educating the community on health risks, as well as promoting mental wellbeing and resilience. Due to the significant economic impacts resulting from COVID-19, there is also a role for Council in identifying employment opportunities that will stimulate the local economy and build economic resilience.

“Efforts to mitigate climate change impacts and reduce greenhouse gas emissions reach into many areas of local public policy including transport choices; urban design; waste; and natural resource management. There is an opportunity for Council to work with the community to create a carbon neutral city. Similarly, waste management will require innovative local solutions, and again there is further opportunity for Council to provide markets for recycled materials and adopt best practice,” he added.

“Cultural diversity in Maroondah is continuing to increase. Celebration of diversity, including local indigenous culture, will encourage community resilience and harmony.

“The vision presented aims to embrace our heritage, environment and diversity to provide a community that is inclusive, empowered, sustainable and visionary,” Cr Symon said.

“I urge anyone who lives, works or plays in Maroondah to embrace this refreshed community vision and take a proactive role in its implementation, for the benefit of current and future generations.

“On behalf of Council, I thank all participants for their inspired and passionate involvement in refreshing and aligning our shared vision. We look forward to working with all members of the Maroondah community as we continue to create our future together and make this vision a reality,” he said.

To view a copy of the Draft Maroondah 2040 Community Vision – April 2020 Update and share your thoughts, visit the YourSay Maroondah project page

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