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Glen Eira 2040 Community Vision

We are proud to present you with the Glen Eira 2040 Community Vision which was endorsed by Council on 19 May 2021.

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This is the first Community Vision for Glen Eira. It was developed following an extensive community engagement program that involved feedback from more than 3800 people across Glen Eira from children right through to older adults from all walks of life across all of Glen Eira’s suburbs.

The Community Vision was written by a committed group of 32 local community members who made up the Deliberative Citizen’s Panel broadly representing Glen Eira’s demographic profile. They reviewed the data from the engagement program and created a community vision for the community. They worked together at different stages pre COVID lockdown, during COVID lockdown and were finalised their Community Vision report in March 2021.

Glen Eira’s vision statement

‘Our Glen Eira: A thriving and empowered community working together for an inclusive and sustainable future.’

Community Vision six guiding principles

The Community Vision statement is accompanied by six guiding principles that include:

  • Principle 1: We work together
  • Principle 2: Planning for community resilience
  • Principle 3: Inclusive and healthy community
  • Principle 4: Maximise and diversify our green and natural spaces
  • Principle 5: We are proactive in meeting challenges and innovate using evidence-based methods
  • Principle 6: Promote and develop our creative potential, celebrating our diverse identities through art and other cultural expression

The process for developing the Community Vision was vigorous. The vision statement and principles had to be accepted by a ‘super majority’ of panel members (80% or more) to be included in the report.

There were two minority reports included that were provided for elements that did not receive majority support but were still regarded as important to consider by some panel members.

We are impressed by the Community Vision report they have created that represents the future aspirations of a diverse and growing Glen Eira community.

The Glen Eira 2040 Community Vision Report will be used to guide strategic planning and decision making for the future of Glen Eira. This includes helping shape Council’s priorities through the development of the Council Plan 2021–2025 and Municipal Health and Wellbeing Plan 2021–2025.

How the Glen Eira 2040 Community Vision was made

Frequently asked questions

What is a Community Vision?

A Community Vision is an aspirational description of what our residents and ratepayers want for the future of Glen Eira.

A Community Vision captures what community members most value about their community. It sets out the future vision and aspirations for the community for at least a ten year period. It is developed in conjunction with the community and will identify and describe a vision for Glen Eira as well as priorities that define future success.

What is the relationship between a Community Vision and the Council Plan?

The Draft Local Government Bill, if enacted, will require Council to develop both a Community Vision and a Council Plan. 

A Vision is developed with the community for at least a ten year period and sets out the community aspirations and goals.  The Council Plan is developed by Council and is a more detailed document regarding specific strategies and actions.

A Council Plan is developed at the start of each Council term and sets out the strategic direction of Council for at least the next 4 financial years.  The Council Plan is informed by the Community Vision and sets out strategic objectives and strategies for achieving Council’s and the Community’s aspirations.

How will the Community Vision be developed?

Council seeks to develop a vision with the community for the community to provide a clear direction for creating a future Glen Eira.  Over the next five months, we will be actively seeking to hear all voices of our community and we want to hear from you. 

A comprehensive community engagement process is planned to ensure effective and inclusive communication engagement of the entire Glen Eira community.

How did Council design the Engagement Process?

To assist in designing the community engagement Council had an independent consultant deliver Co-Design workshops with 25 community members representing groups including police, community leaders, service providers and residents. The workshop identified the scope of engagement, key themes to be included in the community engagement activities, strategies for reaching groups that don’t often participate in engagement processes and suggested engagement activities.

Who will be involved in the engagement?

We are seeking to involve all community members of Glen Eira.

What will the Community Vision be used for?

The Community Vision is a document produced by the community and owned by the community. It will be used to guide strategic planning and decision making for the future of Glen Eira. 

In particular it will guide Council’s priorities through the development of the Council Plan 2021–2025 and beyond.

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