Nillumbik Shire Council will hold four of its meetings at venues other than the council chambers in 2019 as part of a commitment to encourage public participation.
The meetings will be held in St Andrews, Hurstbridge, Eltham and Diamond Creek over the course of 2019. The first out-of-chambers meeting will be held in St Andrews on February 26.
Mayor Karen Egan said the meeting schedule was part of an overall aim to encourage community engagement with the council’s decision-making process.
“We know how passionate Nillumbik residents are about the issues that affect them and the broader community,” Cr Egan said.
“Council is committed to ensuring that they are sufficiently engaged with the process through which we as their elected representatives make key decisions.
“As a councillor who represents a ward which includes our Shire’s northernmost reaches, I’m very aware of the importance of ensuring that the whole community is engaged and included as we make our decisions.
“The aim in holding these meetings is to make it easier for people to attend by bringing it closer to home, quite literally.
“It will enable a cross-section of our community, whether it be those who are busy with family and work commitments or those for whom access and mobility may be an issue, to better engage with our local democratic process.”
The schedule of Ordinary Meetings of Council to be held out-of-chambers in 2019 is as follows:
- 26 February: Wadambuk St Andrews Community Centre, 35 Caledonia Street St Andrews;
- 28 May: Hurstbridge Community Hub, 50 Graysharps Rd Hurstbridge;
- 27 August: Eltham Community and Reception Centre, 801 Main Rd Eltham;
- 26 November: Community Bank Stadium (Level 1), Main Hurstbridge Rd Diamond Creek.
Nillumbik Council has released its schedule of public meetings for 2019 which include 13 Ordinary Meetings of Council and 11 Future of Nillumbik Council meetings.
Click here for the full 2019 meeting schedule.