Engaging with our community — consultation and planning

Council undertook 153 consultations during the 2017−18 financial year.

Community consultation is a vital part of Council’s planning and decision-making process. It helps Council understand community priorities and issues and ensures community involvement.

Community consultation operates through advisory groups and committees; community surveys; questionnaires; focus groups; feedback; submissions; public forums; and individual consultations.

Opportunities for community consultation are promoted regularly in Council’s monthly newspaper (Glen Eira News); on Council’s website; via a community consultation e-newsletter; via the local Leader newspaper; and by direct contact from Council.

The Council and Community Plan is the framework upon which we base our activities to address the priorities articulated by the people of Glen Eira.

Significant consultations undertaken in 2017–18 included:

    • Community Engagement Strategy 2018−2021;
    • Quality Design Principles;
    • Structure Plans for Bentleigh, Carnegie and Elsternwick;
    • Advocacy Strategy 2018−2020;
    • Integrated Transport Strategy 2018‒2023;
    • Community Safety Plan 2018–2022;
    • Customer experience at Glen Eira; and
    • 2017 Youth iPad Survey Results.

In addition to this, we established an online community panel — Glen Eira Community Voice — an initiative designed to strengthen our engagement with a cross-section of everyday people from our community. More than 500 people expressed interest to regularly inform Council projects, services and decisions. The panel of 455 males and females aged 18 to 85 participated in its first survey in April 2018.

Click here to see further information about Glen Eira Community Voice.