Glen Eira 2040 Community Vision

We are developing a vision with the community for the community which will provide guidance for creating a future Glen Eira. 

Over the next five months, we will reach out to all people across the Glen Eira community to inform our new Community Vision and we want to hear from you. To understand our local values, needs and aspirations we invite your input of big and little ideas for the future you want for your City.

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What’s your vision for Glen Eira?

Have you ever stopped to think what Glen Eira will look like in the future? 

Thinking back it wasn’t all that many years ago, that the City of Glen Eira was formed (1994).  Around that time, there were approximately 51,000 households and we had a population of around 112,000 (Census, 1996).  The World Wide Web was beginning to take off and phones were mobile, however they were just phones with buttons — not touch screens.

Fast forward to today, and we have almost 60,000 households and a population of around 154,000 (ABS, 2018) that is rich with diversity of culture, interests and needs — who can imagine what the next 10, 20 or 30 years might bring.

We believe it is time to imagine; to actively look to the future and imagine what we want Glen Eira to look and feel like. We seek to develop a vision with the community for the community to provide a clear direction for strategically creating a future Glen Eira.

Using a comprehensive engagement process, we want to understand the aspirations and priorities that create and achieve our Community Vision. This will be based on evidence of current and future community needs and will be used to guide our strategic actions into the future.

What would you like to see in the 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. 

We want to hear your views on what the future of Glen Eira could and should look like — to understand:

  • what you love about Glen Eira and what you think needs to change
  • where you see yourself living, working, spending your social time
  • how you would like the environment you spend your time in to look and feel.

What’s happened so far…

The Community Vision commenced with a Co Design process where 25 community leaders came together over two sessions to determine: the scope of the community vision engagement; key themes to guide discussion; strategies for reaching groups that do not often participate in engagement processes and suggestions for engagement activities.

Over September to December we kicked off with a whole heap of engagement activities including a launch of the Community Vision, a survey with our Community Voice members, 8 pop up engagement activities at various community events and places across Glen Eira, online engagement on have Your Say, a hard copy feedback form sent to every household, a youth survey and hundreds of drawing sheets for children to draw their future vision sent to various early learning settings, libraries and at events.

From this round of community engagement we have had over 3000 people tell us about their aspirations for the future of Glen Eira.

If you haven’t had a chance to have your say yet, don’t worry there are still plenty of ways to get involved.  From January to February there will be many more opportunities for you to tell us what is important to you in the future.  This will include a further four pop up engagements, four workshops, an online survey and some kitchen table discussions.

Community workshops and other engagement on offer now

The following activities are proposed over January and February 2020 include:

Community workshops

The following workshops hope to bring community members together to delve into more detail about what your hopes are on the key action areas identified in the engagement so far.  Please book your place at one of the workshops below.  Places  are limited.

We encourage our business owners and traders to attend the last session to capture and hear more about your specific thoughts on the future of Glen Eira 2040.

Pop-up engagement

The Chatterbox trailer will be out and about, keen to hear your feedback. Drop in to share your thoughts at the following locations:

  • Tuesday 28 January, 1pm-4pm   GESAC,  200 East Boundary Rd, Bentleigh East 
  • Saturday 15 February, 9am–12pm, Duncan MacKinnon Reserve, corner North and Murrumbeena Roads, Murrumbeena.
  • Sunday 16 February, 12pm–3pm, Party in the Park at Princes Park, Hawthorn Road, Caulfield South, and;
  • Sunday 1 March, 12.30 – 3.30, Louisa Briggs Day Reconciliation Event at Mallanbool Reserve, corner Leila and Murrumbeena Roads, Murrumbeena.

These opportunities will be widely promoted via our website and media, through correspondence and online, so please book in to attend to join the conversation and have your say.

Help us to plan for a future Glen Eira that is one you are excited to live, work and play in. 

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.

What will the engagement activities cover?

We are seeking to understand the current and future needs of our community. Accordingly the range of topics to be covered will be guided by the community. 

Broad questions will include:

  • What would you like our community to look like in 2030–2040?
  • How will we live, work and play?
  • What needs to change for this to happen?

It is expected that there will be many and varied themes explored during the engagement period. As a starting point the following themes were identified through Co-Design workshops.

  • Sustainability and the environment
  • Accessible transport
  • Social infrastructure
  • Urban development and housing density
  • Access to green spaces
  • Sense of community and place
  • Public space (e.g. open space and community spaces)
  • Arts and local culture
  • Health, sport and leisure
  • Community engagement (including how we involve groups less likely to be heard)
  • How Council allocates budget