The third block of Council's Community Advisory Panel has now concluded. The task for the panel was to consider the following question:

To kick off their thinking and support them in their deliberation journey, Community Advisory Panel members were provided with a Community Advisory Panel Handbook.

The Panel met on the following days at the Clocktower in Moonee Ponds:

  • Saturday 20 April - 9am–3:30pm
  • Saturday 4 May - 9am–1pm
  • Saturday 11 May - 9am–3:30pm
  • Saturday 18 May - 9am–3:30pm

Day 1 Update - 20 April 2024

The day began with the panel acquainting themselves with their role, how to work together and developing an understanding of the tasks awaiting them in the weeks ahead.

Council's Senior Strategic Planner shed light on the complexities surrounding housing considerations, setting the stage for the discussions to follow. Adding depth to the conversation, three expert speakers delivered concise presentations in the Pecha Kucha format.

Day 2 Update - 4 May 2024

This session saw panel members create ‘dream’ neighbourhoods with lego and recycled material in order to test their thinking about the important elements of living local. Five guest speakers provided rich knowledge in a speed dialogue process and then we embarked on a bus trip to visit new developments in affordable and social housing in Victoria Street, Flemington and Dunlop Avenue, Ascot Vale. Panel members visited Big Plans in North Melbourne to understand good design in multi-unit dwellings as presented by Future Homes. The next Panel session will be held on Saturday 11 May.

Day 3 Update - 11 May 2024

Panel members heard from an Infrastructure Victoria representative before hearing from Councillors about community concerns they hear when it comes to housing. Following a quick presentation from the Mayor, community members reviewed their insights from the last few sessions and had a go at drafting recommendations.

Day 4 Update - 18 May 2024

Panel members spent the morning refining their recommendations before undertaking a voting process. Cr Iser received the Panel recommendations on behalf of Council, and thanked Panel members for the important work that they undertook. Panel members will be attending Strategic Briefing on 21 May, and a Council meeting on 28 May to present their recommendations.

The final report containing the recommendations developed by Panel members can be found here. Panel members attended a Council Strategic Briefing held on 21 May to present their findings. That presentation can be found here.

We welcome observers at all of our sessions and request you have a read of our Observer Guidelines prior to attending.

An external facilitator with expertise in deliberative panels has been engaged to assist staff run the Panel workshops.

Demographic factors were identified to select a Panel that is reflective of the community. These factors are gender, age groups, Council Wards, neighbourhoods, and diversity identified through usual language spoken at home and country of birth.

The demographic breakdown of the third block of our Community Advisory Panel is below.

Find out more about our previous Panels

Expand the sections below to learn more about out previous Panels and find out more about the Panel outcomes.

The panel responded to the remit; 'How can Council achieve biodiversity in our public open spaces?' with 20 recommendations for Council consideration as it reviews the Open Space Strategy.

View the recommendations of the Panel here.

There are a number of further consultations that were informed by the work of the Community Advisory Panel including the Nature Strip Landscaping Guidelines consultation, and our Open Space Strategy consultation.

The panel considered the customer experience of Moonee Valley and prepared a draft vision for the Customer Charter to guide how the community interacts with Council services and programs.

Click here to review the Customer Experience Vision consultation.