Community Taskforce Online Hub 2019


Thank you to the 2019 Community Taskforce members who kindly gave their time to participate in the Community Taskforce for 2019.

Stay up to date with our Council Plan progress by visiting the Community Dashboard website.

Let's chat

If you have any questions that you'd like to ask about the Council Action Plan, you can submit them in the Let's Chat section and they will be answered on the day.

This is also where you can have conversations with us and other members of the Taskforce.

Unsure about something?

Check out the Frequently Asked Questions, or email us at caseyconversations@casey.vic.gov.au, or call 9705 5200.


Thank you to the 2019 Community Taskforce members who kindly gave their time to participate in the Community Taskforce for 2019.

Stay up to date with our Council Plan progress by visiting the Community Dashboard website.

Let's chat

If you have any questions that you'd like to ask about the Council Action Plan, you can submit them in the Let's Chat section and they will be answered on the day.

This is also where you can have conversations with us and other members of the Taskforce.

Unsure about something?

Check out the Frequently Asked Questions, or email us at caseyconversations@casey.vic.gov.au, or call 9705 5200.

  • Workshop 2 - Saturday 7 September - The notes

    4 months ago
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    On Saturday 7th of September the second taskforce meeting of The City of Casey was held at Bunjil Place. In attendance was 9 local community members who were asked to consider the following areas for discussion:

    · How to make the Council Plan and Action Plan easier to read, understand and be more meaningful for residents.

    · The role of the City of Casey in providing Social and Affordable Housing.

    · Dog on-lead reserves reverting to off-lead and how this would impact their and their family’s lives.

    · How the participants find out what is happening in their local...

    On Saturday 7th of September the second taskforce meeting of The City of Casey was held at Bunjil Place. In attendance was 9 local community members who were asked to consider the following areas for discussion:

    · How to make the Council Plan and Action Plan easier to read, understand and be more meaningful for residents.

    · The role of the City of Casey in providing Social and Affordable Housing.

    · Dog on-lead reserves reverting to off-lead and how this would impact their and their family’s lives.

    · How the participants find out what is happening in their local community and how they would like to remain engaged in Council’s planning and consultation activities.

    · What worked well and what could be improved from the Council Plan Taskforce process.


  • Workshop 2 - The Council Plan and Action Plan

    3 months ago
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    Q1. Making the Council Plan and Action Plan easier to read, understand and more meaningful

    What was liked about the current Council Plan and Action Plan.

    · Snapshots – good visuals to quickly understand.

    · Easy to read – one of the easiest Council documents to read (when comparing with other Councils – student who has read several Council documents for their thesis).

    · Great Infographics – makes in interesting and easy to read, entices reader.

    · Having only three objectives.

    · The documents are clear, to the point and simple but have relevant details.

    · Visually appealing and easy...

    Q1. Making the Council Plan and Action Plan easier to read, understand and more meaningful

    What was liked about the current Council Plan and Action Plan.

    · Snapshots – good visuals to quickly understand.

    · Easy to read – one of the easiest Council documents to read (when comparing with other Councils – student who has read several Council documents for their thesis).

    · Great Infographics – makes in interesting and easy to read, entices reader.

    · Having only three objectives.

    · The documents are clear, to the point and simple but have relevant details.

    · Visually appealing and easy to follow.

    What could be improved or changed?

    · There could be smaller or less pictures, especially in the online version (it is a lot to scroll past a full-page picture).

    · Suburb level actions focus; providing residents the opportunity to look up their suburb to see what actions are relevant to them, either published in the community/action plans or provided on the website for residents to click onto their suburb.

    · Having documents translated into other languages for residents to read the documents in their preferred language.

    · Having the Council Plan presented as a three minute video to be played at community events; especially for residents with low literacy who may find the documents difficult.

    · Moving the position of the responsible parties closer to the objectives in the Council Plan and provide where the indicators match in with each objective.

    2017-21 Council Plan

    2019-20 Council Action Plan

  • Workshop 2 - Social & Affordable Housing conversations

    3 months ago
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    Q2 Council’s role in providing Social and Affordable Housing

    What stumped participants in answering questions on what Council’s role should be in social and affordable housing.

    · How many and how are current residents impacted regarding social and affordable housing?

    · What are the barriers?

    · What is Council legally empowered to do?

    · Responsibilities of different levels of government.

    Social and Affordable Housing questions/concerns raised

    · “Anxious to know its not state government getting rid of their responsibilities”.

    · “Why now?” Evidence base needed as to why local Councils are now looking at their role in this area.

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    Q2 Council’s role in providing Social and Affordable Housing

    What stumped participants in answering questions on what Council’s role should be in social and affordable housing.

    · How many and how are current residents impacted regarding social and affordable housing?

    · What are the barriers?

    · What is Council legally empowered to do?

    · Responsibilities of different levels of government.

    Social and Affordable Housing questions/concerns raised

    · “Anxious to know its not state government getting rid of their responsibilities”.

    · “Why now?” Evidence base needed as to why local Councils are now looking at their role in this area.

    · “What’s happening already?”

    · “Concerned we create poor housing in estates, worst housing stock”.

    · “How do you sell it to a developer?”

    · “Not duplicating State Government”.

    · “Who is paying for it?”

    · “Sell it to developers without compromising good design (fast track permits)”.

    Q2a Feedback on the role Council could play in Social and Affordable Housing

    Advocate

    · Advocate for clear and concise boundaries around social and affordable housing and the roles and responsibilities of different levels of government.

    Concerns

    · State role is not very efficient, adding an extra level creates more barriers.

    Facilitate

    · Dispute resolution role within social and affordable housing; who can make landlords fix problem housing, what happens if housing is ruined, what is Council’s role?

    · Does Council have land available? Potential pilot program of rent to buy approach to create ownership.

    · Incentives for landlords to provide social and affordable housing; rate reduction or subsidising.

    Concerns

    · Duplication can complicate; if one government level picks up the service others may drop off.

    · Current rental housing in the City of Casey don’t provide one and two bedroom accommodation rental options and as a result couples are renting three and four bedroom homes, beyond their needs.

    · How do you change the capitalist mindset; bottom line and regulation.

    Invest

    · Feeling of pride for the Council to invest and own local problem; Local Council knows their people better than the State Government.

    · By investing, Council will have control.

    · Have a planner/designer competition to create a social housing development with the winner building the development and maintaining it for a period of time. Philosophy being it takes away stigma, City of Casey want the people here, community project, community ownership, community pride.

    · Possibility of providing a wholistic approach (support timeline) for the people in social and affordable housing; employment support, other support required to work towards not relying on social and affordable housing.

    Concerns

    · Impacts to rates if Council invest in social and affordable housing.

    · Dislike of high rise to support social and affordable housing as seen in inner city areas; stigma, effects on local community and local property prices.

    · Social and affordable housing should not be identifiable from the street; the houses should look like every other house in the street. How does Council enforce this?

    · Transfer of costs to resident to support social and affordable housing; increase in rates.

    Opportunities

    · Council can provide case studies to highlight the need of social housing in the City of Casey; the 55 year old woman who owns her home but is struggling with the cost of rates and bills, the young family with the rising costs of everyday expenses etc.


  • Workshop 2 - Dog-on-lead Reserves

    3 months ago
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    Q3 Reverting dog on-lead reserves

    All groups and participants reported wanting Council to retain the 17 current on-lead parks as on-lead parks.

    Rationale behind participants wanting on-lead dog parks to remain on-lead.

    Comfort and Safety

    · Feel more comfortable going to an on-lead reserve.

    · Migrant population appreciate the opportunity to utilise on-lead dog parks.

    · Safety for people in the community to utilise local public space, knowing dogs are on lead; children, elderly, people with mobility issues or allergies.

    · Guide dogs are always at unfair risk with other dogs off-lead.

    People do not always report concerns with responsible...

    Q3 Reverting dog on-lead reserves

    All groups and participants reported wanting Council to retain the 17 current on-lead parks as on-lead parks.

    Rationale behind participants wanting on-lead dog parks to remain on-lead.

    Comfort and Safety

    · Feel more comfortable going to an on-lead reserve.

    · Migrant population appreciate the opportunity to utilise on-lead dog parks.

    · Safety for people in the community to utilise local public space, knowing dogs are on lead; children, elderly, people with mobility issues or allergies.

    · Guide dogs are always at unfair risk with other dogs off-lead.

    People do not always report concerns with responsible dog ownership.

    · Participant has had several incidents and hadn’t reported; reporting is burdensome, timely and produces no result. Participants guide dog has been bitten on the ear by a dog off-lead on a train.

    · Participant has had altercations with residents who have large dogs off-lead and has asked them to put their dogs on lead near their children and it has resulted in arguing. Council enforcement is not at the park when the incident is occurring.

    Responsible dog ownerships mean different things to different people

    · Dog training differs as does control; voice control, on-lead control.

    · Council have laws about dog droppings and that rule is not obeyed or enforced.

    · Community expectations on control of dogs varies and there are differences in perceptions of when dogs should and shouldn’t be on-lead.

    Opportunities

    · Advocate and educate on current laws; until there is compliance there shouldn’t be any changes.

    · Encourage responsible pet ownership.


  • Workshop 2 - How do you hear what is on?

    3 months ago
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    Q4 How participants find out what is happening in their local community

    · Information sheet with rates notice.

    · City news.

    · Emails.

    · School newsletters.

    · Casey Council Facebook.

    · Social media, Facebook, Instagram, no profit social media following.

    · Word of mouth.

    · Councillor invites.

    · Local church.

    · Home school community.

    · Council generated advertising.

    · Weekly community broadcast.

    · Community events.


    Q4 How participants find out what is happening in their local community

    · Information sheet with rates notice.

    · City news.

    · Emails.

    · School newsletters.

    · Casey Council Facebook.

    · Social media, Facebook, Instagram, no profit social media following.

    · Word of mouth.

    · Councillor invites.

    · Local church.

    · Home school community.

    · Council generated advertising.

    · Weekly community broadcast.

    · Community events.


  • Workshop2 - How would you like to stay engaged with Council?

    3 months ago
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    Q5 Ways participants would like to remain engaged in Council’s planning and consultation activities

    · Place based events

    · Emails

    · Workshops

    · Talk back radio

    · Interactive social media posts – engagement based, polling.

    · Schools, large community, similar interests.

    · What’s on in Melbourne website, have one for Casey?

    · Personal Interaction, voluntary telephone, direct face contact, volunteers utilised to promote activities.

    · Conversation kits, hosting conversations.

    · Utilising main event days (Australia Day) to promote.


    Q5 Ways participants would like to remain engaged in Council’s planning and consultation activities

    · Place based events

    · Emails

    · Workshops

    · Talk back radio

    · Interactive social media posts – engagement based, polling.

    · Schools, large community, similar interests.

    · What’s on in Melbourne website, have one for Casey?

    · Personal Interaction, voluntary telephone, direct face contact, volunteers utilised to promote activities.

    · Conversation kits, hosting conversations.

    · Utilising main event days (Australia Day) to promote.


  • Workshop 2 - How would you like to remain engaged with Council's engagement activities?

    3 months ago
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    Q5 Ways participants would like to remain engaged in Council’s planning and consultation activities

    · Place based events

    · Emails

    · Workshops

    · Talk back radio

    · Interactive social media posts – engagement based, polling.

    · Schools, large community, similar interests.

    · What’s on in Melbourne website, have one for Casey?

    · Personal Interaction, voluntary telephone, direct face contact, volunteers utilised to promote activities.

    · Conversation kits, hosting conversations.

    · Utilising main event days (Australia Day) to promote.


    Q5 Ways participants would like to remain engaged in Council’s planning and consultation activities

    · Place based events

    · Emails

    · Workshops

    · Talk back radio

    · Interactive social media posts – engagement based, polling.

    · Schools, large community, similar interests.

    · What’s on in Melbourne website, have one for Casey?

    · Personal Interaction, voluntary telephone, direct face contact, volunteers utilised to promote activities.

    · Conversation kits, hosting conversations.

    · Utilising main event days (Australia Day) to promote.


  • Workshop 2 - What worked, what could be improved?

    3 months ago
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    Q6 Feedback on the process

    What worked well?

    Workshop presentation and set up

    · Engaging format with clear guidelines for discussion, timelines etc; kept meeting on point.

    · The way workshops were set out.

    · Presentation and documents supporting topics was good.

    · It was a well presented and considered meeting.

    · There was better and more explanation around why the group was having the conversations this time.

    · Council member engagement.

    · The case studies very relatable.

    Open and inclusive group work

    · The meeting was open and honest.

    · Interactive; all voices heard.

    · Today’s meeting was fantastic,...

    Q6 Feedback on the process

    What worked well?

    Workshop presentation and set up

    · Engaging format with clear guidelines for discussion, timelines etc; kept meeting on point.

    · The way workshops were set out.

    · Presentation and documents supporting topics was good.

    · It was a well presented and considered meeting.

    · There was better and more explanation around why the group was having the conversations this time.

    · Council member engagement.

    · The case studies very relatable.

    Open and inclusive group work

    · The meeting was open and honest.

    · Interactive; all voices heard.

    · Today’s meeting was fantastic, and it was awesome to see familiar faces again. The table discussions were fantastic.

    · Loved listening to everyone’s perspectives.

    · Communication with people with a disability was good to hear.

    · The many different perspectives shared about the same topic.

    · Changes made based on previous feedback from first taskforce meeting; size of groups.

    · Smaller groups because it had a better community member to facilitator ratio.

    What could be improved?

    More time

    · Longer taskforce meetings

    · The social housing discussion/issue is very intricate, possibly could have had a session on this topic alone to peel back the layers and gain greater base knowledge.

    · We need more time to cover more.

    · Needs to go longer.

    · Look into the topics deeper.

    · More time possibly would have helped.

    More meetings

    · Additional taskforce meeting.

    · Two taskforce meetings are not enough.

    More topics

    · More topics/issues

    · Bring on more topics within this taskforce; such as homelessness, family violence (although sensitive some issues need to be solved). Raise questions such as ‘What is Council’s responsibilities towards homelessness?’

    Pre meeting preparation / More information

    · Receiving some questions to think about before coming.

    · More information on the scope, role and powers Council has to influence local community issues, like social housing.

    · If people attend out of good will, give them more (more topics, time to work through projects).

    Increased participation

    · More diversity or more members.


  • Workshop 1 - Questions Answered - Learning more about Council

    9 months ago

    What was in the plan last year.

    A hard copy of the Plan was provided at the Taskforce meeting and a copy is available online at www.casey.vic.gov.au/policies-strategies/council-plan. There are 39 actions to deliver in the 2018/19 Action Plan. Some key actions include promotion of family violence services, developing an Events Attraction Strategy, implementing an advocacy campaign for the State and Federal elections (inc. Commit to Casey campaign) and hosting a community mental health summit. The 39 actions are spread across different focus areas including (but not limited to) technology, community safety, arts and sports, the local economy and...

    What was in the plan last year.

    A hard copy of the Plan was provided at the Taskforce meeting and a copy is available online at www.casey.vic.gov.au/policies-strategies/council-plan. There are 39 actions to deliver in the 2018/19 Action Plan. Some key actions include promotion of family violence services, developing an Events Attraction Strategy, implementing an advocacy campaign for the State and Federal elections (inc. Commit to Casey campaign) and hosting a community mental health summit. The 39 actions are spread across different focus areas including (but not limited to) technology, community safety, arts and sports, the local economy and the transport network.

    What all the services are.

    The City of Casey delivers 66 services to the community. These services are diverse and range from aged care and community safety, to transport, foreshores, subdivisions, and investment and innovation. A full list of the services we deliver will be provided through the Taskforce Hub.

    City of Casey Service catalogue

  • Workshop 1 - Questions Answered - Understanding the resident’s role.

    9 months ago

    ● Understand what sorts of difference we can make as regular residents.

    Residents acquire a new strength within the democratic process when they act as a community; by voting, getting involved in decision-making processes or speaking with elected representatives, residents can change policy and legislation.

    ● Lobbying for funding to state governments, how to create power to get funding from Council.

    By presenting sound public policy and ideas to Council.

    Anyone can create power to get funding from Council through sound ideas and good public policy. However, you must participate in the democratic process if you truly wish to get...

    ● Understand what sorts of difference we can make as regular residents.

    Residents acquire a new strength within the democratic process when they act as a community; by voting, getting involved in decision-making processes or speaking with elected representatives, residents can change policy and legislation.

    ● Lobbying for funding to state governments, how to create power to get funding from Council.

    By presenting sound public policy and ideas to Council.

    Anyone can create power to get funding from Council through sound ideas and good public policy. However, you must participate in the democratic process if you truly wish to get funding from Council which involves presenting those ideas through engagement opportunities.