Whitehorse News - July 2020
Shape Our Future! Imagine Whitehorse in 20 years’ time. What do you hope our community will be like? How will we get there?
Over the next few months, we will be reaching out to as many people as possible across the Whitehorse community to ask these very questions. Whether you live in Whitehorse, own a business, work or study here, or just visit regularly for recreation, we want to hear from you!
This year, COVID-19 has forced us to change the way we work and live, leading many to think about ways we want our community to be different in the future, and to consider what is most important to us.
As we return to our usual daily lives and a time beyond COVID-19, the 2040 Community Vision provides us with a once-in-a-generation opportunity to shape our shared future.
What is a Community Vision?
A community vision sets out the long-term aspirations of the community. The Whitehorse 2040 Community Vision will be driven, developed and owned by the Whitehorse community, with Council as the facilitator of the development process. Together we will explore how and what we want the City of Whitehorse to be like in 20 years’ time, as well as deciding on key priorities that will get us there.
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Why create a Community Vision?
A community vision is a requirement of the Local Government Act 2020 and provides an opportunity to engage broadly and deeply with the community. The Whitehorse 2040 Community Vision will create better connections between Council and the community, providing a shared vision to work towards.
How will the Community Vision be developed?
There are two main stages of engagement.
From July to September we will be reaching out to as many people who live, work and play in Whitehorse as possible, through surveys, online engagement, pop up events, workshops and conversations.
From July to September we will also be seeking expressions of interest to be part of a community panel. From these submissions, independent consultant Chatterbox Projects will select 30-50 panel members who represent the broad make up of the Whitehorse community. No prior experience or skills are required.
These community members will meet over three days in November to review all the findings from the first stage of engagement and develop the new 2040 Community Vision.
What will the Community Vision be used for?
The community vision is a document produced by the community and owned by the community. Once developed, Whitehorse City Council will use the vision to guide strategic planning and decision making, in particular, the four year Council Plan. A community vision can also be used to engage other organisations and sectors in the community to contribute, such as not-for-profits, service organisations and local businesses, so everyone can work towards the same community vision.
How can I participate?
Over the next few months, we will be actively seeking to hear all voices of our community and we want to hear from you. We want to know your views on what you want the Whitehorse community to look, feel and be like in 2040. Head to our project website to complete the survey and find out more about the community panel!