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.
Those interested in receiving funding from Project Robin Hood are required to submit an application through the Melville Talks website, which is displayed online for the community to see. The community then vote for the projects they think should receive funding and the City uses these votes to distribute the funds, up to a maximum of $20,000 per project.
City of Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey said that since its inception, Project Robin Hood had helped bring communities together and activate various areas of the City through fantastic community ideas.
“Project Robin Hood has funded community gardens, nature play spaces, community events, and has even helped convert an old storm water drain into a fragrant and dense home for native birdlife to thrive,” Mayor Aubrey said.
“All these projects were developed, decided on and delivered by the community - by friends, neighbors and in some instances, people who have never met or might never have met if they didn’t have Project Robin Hood to bring them together to make their vision happen.
“Project Robin Hood has also helped bring communities together, for example the Webber Reserve Nature Based Adventure Park funded through Project Robin Hood I, has become a well-loved spot for locals and visitors to bring their kids to play.
“We strongly encourage anyone with a great community idea to get together with your friends, family, neighbors and anyone who shares your vision, to form a project team and put in an application for Project Robin Hood.
“This is your chance to bring your idea to life and make your community a better place.”
Applications will be open until Sunday, 17 March 2019, and following a panel review to ensure all projects are legal, safe and achievable, will be available from Monday, 8 April 2019 to Sunday, 5 May 2019 for review and then voting by the community.
Once the votes have been counted the successful projects will be announced, allocated funding and put in contact with an Ombeardsmen from the City who will provide advice and support to help them deliver their project.
For more information on Project Robin Hood, including guidelines, previous projects and to submit an application, visit www.melvilletalks.com.au/projectrobinhood4 or call 100 635 845 | 9364 0666.