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Advocacy

The Glen Eira Council and Community Plan 2017–2021 identifies advocacy as an important strategy in achieving a City that is liveable, accessible, safe, sustainable and engaged. Achieving our vision requires us to work in partnership with, and advocate to, a range of stakeholders and other levels of government

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Our advocacy objectives

  1. Provide clarity on the advocacy agenda and priorities for the City.
  2. Identify priority projects to generate economic activity, employment growth, improved productivity and community benefit.
  3. Increase levels of funding for infrastructure and services from other levels of government to meet community needs and aspirations now and into the future.
  4. Influence state and federal legislation, policy, standards and guidelines to improve our City and the health and wellbeing of our residents.
  5. Keep the community informed about Council advocacy activities through regular reporting.

Key challenges for our City

  • The population of Glen Eira will grow from 155,352 in 2019 to 180,626 by 2036 – an increase of 16%. A further 9,000 dwellings will be required during this period and residents want us to: “Protect and enhance liveability while accommodating more people.” Our community has expressed a need for improved local planning policy to provide greater certainty in Council planning and development decision making.
  • Integrated community hubs and precincts are required to meet the needs of our growing community. Communities with access to high quality social infrastructure have better access to services and more opportunities to participate in community life.
  • Based on current travel behaviours in Glen Eira, it is expected that by 2030 there will be an additional 22,432 cars on our local roads. We are working towards a 50:50 shift between car and non-car travel by 2031.
  • Glen Eira has the least amount of open space per person than any other Council area in Melbourne.
  • The Glen Eira Environmental Sustainability Strategy 2016-2021 sets a long-term goal for community carbon emissions to be net zero by 2050. This target aligns with the Victorian Government targets.
  • In 2018-19 an estimated 17,000 tons of waste from red kerbside bins could have been recycled or composed instead of going to landfill. Significant investment is now required to bolster Victoria’s capacity to recycle.
  • There are 839 social housing dwellings in Glen Eira which accounts for 1.4% of all dwellings in the City. This is significantly lower than the Metropolitan average of 3.3 per cent.
  • Community service provision needs to keep pace with our growing population whilst adapting to meet emerging local needs and issues. Our community told us that they want a safe, healthy and inclusive community.

Our Advocacy Priorities

In partnership with our community, we have identified 20 advocacy requests that are grouped into six advocacy priorities areas.

  • Community Hubs and Precincts
  • Planning and Development
  • Traffic and Transport
  • Parks, Recreation and Open Space
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Social and Affordable Housing
  • Safe, Healthy and Inclusive Community

How we advocate for our community

We will actively engage and work with our community to understand their aspirations and needs and regularly inform the community about our advocacy activity. We provide the community with civic leadership in advocating on agreed priorities to federal and state governments, and work with our local members of parliament to address issues of common concern.

Our advocacy campaigns are based on policy and strategy positions that are supported by evidence and data.

How to get involved and Have Your Say

Glen Eira City Council welcomes community ideas, input and feedback. We want to strengthen relationships and build a better understanding of community needs and views to inform our advocacy efforts.

There are a range of ways to get involved, have your say to share your ideas and opinions. For more information about Council advocacy campaigns, active community engagement activities and how to raise issues with us, click on the link below.

Advocacy Report — Successful Outcomes

In 2018/19 we successfully secured one-off State and Federal Government project funding of $5.67million across the year.

During the 2018 State election the Victorian Labor Party committed that Woorayl Reserve, Carnegie, would be offered to Council to secure its future as community open space and a public space would be provided in Murrumbeena.

The Minister for Planning, Richard Wynne, also approved new interim controls for activity centres in Bentleigh, Carnegie and Elsternwick, with maximum building height and minimum setback rules that respect the areas’ low-scale shopping strips and residential character. The interim controls will protect Carnegie, Elsternwick and Bentleigh while Council prepares permanent planning controls for these centres.

Partnerships and Alliances

As the closest arm of government to the community, councils are best placed to understand and respond to local community needs and concerns. Council engages with a range of organisations in framing its advocacy efforts and advocates for the community at local, regional, state and federal levels.

Local level advocacy is required on issues of local significance and often involves partnerships with residents; trader’s associations; businesses; community groups; transport and service providers; local lobby groups; and environmental organisations.