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Engage. Discuss. Respond.

We consult and engage at different times and for different purposes. Sometimes the consultation is more strategic and designed to influence a new plan or strategy that we are developing. At other times there might be a specific project. We think it’s important that you’re informed about how your comments have been considered, and how they have influenced and shaped outcomes.

Consultation over the past year

We have produced our “Engage Discuss Respond!" report to highlight our approach to consultation and engagement and summarise key consultations that have occurred over the past 18 months. The report, available under ‘Related information’ on this page, outlines what people have said, how council responded and how you can get involved in future.

We have produced summaries highlighting what you told us during the consultation and how that information has been used for the projects featured in the report. You can access further information on key projects through the links in the table below.

Consultation Forum

How We Listened

Further Information

City Plan review - Year 3 Over 800 people contributed their ideas through online, event and community consultation. To make sure we included the views of a broad range of people, we also referred to the extensive feedback given through other consultations and surveys, such as the Banyule Youth Summit, Early Years consultation, Seniors Morning Tea consultation, and Council’s advisory groups. In total, we listened to the views of over 2,500. We produced a series of consultation summary documents called What you Said! that explain how we went about the consultation, what feedback was received and how it is being used with views provided from other consultation activity.

The specific feedback we received helped us develop the first draft of the City Plan 2013-2017 (Year 3).

Banyule Youth Summit 100 young people attended the Banyule Youth Summit, sharing ideas and comments on what issues young people are facing.

The outcomes of the Banyule Youth Summit includes a Recommendations report and a Summit Report Card

Banyule Integrated Transport Plan Consultation From November 2013 to August 2014, through three phases of consultation, the community shared their thoughts on the vision, key themes and priorities for the plan.  Over 4,000 responses and comments were received during the 18 month consultation process.

To find out what people have said about transport in Banyule and the Plan during its development, check out the consultation summary paper What You Have Told Us

Economic Development Plan Consultation The local business community and broader community shared their thoughts on growing the local economy in community consultation sessions.

You can view our Economic Development Plan and learn more about our work to support local business.

Bell Street Mall Consultation The local community was invited to give comment about how to improve the safety and amenity at the Bell Street Mall.
Playground Replacement Strategy Following a variety of different methods of consultation, 191 people including children and young people shared ideas about what they would like to see in three local playgrounds.
Watsonia Vision The Watsonia Village Shopping Centre plan created in consultation with over 200 residents, businesses and local organisations The feedback from the Watsonia community can be found in the Picture Watsonia; Vision for Watsonia document
 HATCH - Contemporary Arts Centre Council gave notice of its intention to sell the land where HATCH is located. Community members were invited to make submissions on the proposal. After hearing submissions, Council voted to abandon the current ‘Intention to Sell’ process and resolved that no tenants would be moved from the building until the new Ivanhoe Community Hub is built. HATCH information page on the Banyule website
 Greensborough Project

We held consultation and information sessions on the land use and development guidelines for key areas of Greensborough.

We also held session to inform the community about the One Flintoff project and Council’s relocation to Greensborough. 
 One Flintoff information page on the Banyule website
General Development Planning Decisions We enhanced the consultation processes to provide the community with the opportunity to view and respond to large development proposals including the Ivanhoe Grammar School Development Plan, the 443 Upper Heidelberg Road Development, 37-63 Bell Street & 45 Linden Avenue Ivanhoe. We facilitated information sessions, specific submission session and consultation sessions and established a Resident Interest Group for the Ivanhoe Grammar Project to provide for greater resident representation in decision making. Before Council decided on the application, meetings were arranged for residents to present their submissions and concerns to Councillors.

The proposed plans were modified to accommodate feedback and input from the various community consultation forums we hosted.

These plans included the Ivanhoe Grammar Development Plan, the 443 Upper Heidelberg Plan and the Bell Street Mixed Use Plan

 Former School Sites Banyule Council kept the local community informed of plans for future development through a combination of letter drops, community meetings, media releases and updates on the Council website.

Follow each of the links below for information on the respective school sites:

 Age Friendly Cities We held a “world café” style consultation with local older people to test a set of indicators that the World Health Organisation (WHO) has development to measure how age friendly a city is. Attendees provided feedback and local insights about the proposed indicators. Community feedback was provided to the WHO to help finalise the indicators.  Age Friendly Advisory Committee information

Council Advisory Committees

In addition to consulting on specific projects and activities, Council works closely with its community advisory committees to address local issues. These committees meet regularly and discuss various issues that often result in direct advocacy or local projects. For information about our advisory committees including the minutes and recommendations arising from meetings please see information provided in the links below.

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