We're taking action on what matters to our community.
Why we advocate
A key role of Council is to advocate on behalf of the community on matters likely to have substantial impacts on the lives of residents.
By representing the interests of the community in a range of forums, we have the capacity to attract additional resources and resolve complex issues affecting the liveability of our city.
Advocacy is about achieving positive social change through persuasion and diplomacy. It involves trust and relationship building, education and information, communications and media, and strategic partnerships.
Council advocates to persuade decision makers and leaders in government and the private sector to act in the best interests of the Banyule community.
By advocating, we seek to:
- change public policy and the allocation of resources, particularly to the more disadvantaged within our community.
- increase visibility and understanding of the issues affecting our community among decision makers.
- participate in matters impacting our community.
By listening to what you say at our regular community consultation sessions and using other feedback and information, we develop positions on the issues that matter most to you.
We then ‘go into bat’ to ensure our community gets the improvements, services and funds it needs from other levels of government and agencies.
How do we advocate?
We advocate on your behalf by participating in industry forums, making submissions, submitting applications for funding and meeting with federal and state Members of Parliament and key staff from government departments.