Launched in 2013, Project Robin Hood is a participatory budgeting program where the community use people power to develop and deliver projects that help build better neighbourhoods.
What makes this project distinctive to the City of Melville is the community decides on the projects that get funded. As part of the process, project teams are required to pitch their idea to the community, who then vote on which projects should receive funding. This is all done through Melville Talks – the City’s online engagement platform.
Once the successful projects have been announced and funding allocated, project teams are supported by the City who connect each team with an Ombeardsmen, a staff member who can provide advice and support to help them deliver their project.
With applications opening in February 2019, City of Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey is asking the community to jump online to Melville Talks and start brainstorming how they could use Project Robin Hood to deliver projects and events that make their neighbourhoods a better place.
“We’ve developed a social map on Melville Talks to give residents the opportunity to share their ideas and also identify where in the City could benefit from a Robin Hood funded project,” Mayor Aubrey said.
“The Project Robin Hood team will be keeping an eye on ideas and if a specific area is receiving a lot of suggestions, a pop-up information session could occur to give interested residents an opportunity to speak to a Project Robin Hood expert.
“A general information session will also be held from 5.30pm to 7.30pm on Monday, 3 December at Heathcote Cultural Precinct, 58 Duncraig Road, Applecross, to give everyone the opportunity to hear more about Project Robin Hood as well as ask questions.
“It’s important to remember that you can’t do this on your own, and successful Robin Hood projects have a team behind them to make it happen. We encourage you to start sharing your ideas with your family, friends and people in your neighbourhood now, so you can form your Project Robin Hood team and start developing your idea.”
For more information on Project Robin Hood, including guidelines, previous projects and to start sharing your ideas via the social map, visit www.melvilletalks.com.au/projectrobinhood4