2020 marks the start of a new decade and an exciting opportunity for the City to enhance its approach to community engagement and strengthen its partnerships with State and Federal Governments and agencies.
City of Melville Mayor Hon. George Gear JP said the Council was looking forward to the future and working together with the community to achieve the City’s vision of community wellbeing for today and tomorrow.
“We’ll be focused on strengthening our relationship with our community, our local businesses and other key stakeholders while addressing the findings and recommendations of the June 2019 Authorised Inquiry Report, with particular focus on complaints management and working with our community,” said Mayor George Gear.
“With our community engagement website now fully integrated into the City’s main website we will be providing more opportunities for people to have their say on topics which are important to them.
“We will focus more on getting out and about to listen and work with our community to create a better City for everyone now and for future generations. I particularly look forward to hosting regular Conversations with the Mayor from February onwards and having the opportunity to meet with residents to discuss their hopes and aspirations for our City.
“As part of strengthening our engagement approach, we are also looking to establish an ongoing community feedback opportunity, where diverse members from across the community will be able to come together to discuss key City projects and policies, effectively being a sounding board to measure community sentiment of new initiatives, before these projects are then progressed through to Council.”
There will be a number of major projects, initiatives and other opportunities for the community to get involved and provide feedback in 2020. These include but are not limited to:
- Canning Bridge Activity Centre Plan review
- New Library and Cultural Centre following news of the redevelopment of Westfield Booragoon (Garden City)
- Riseley City Centre placing making and infrastructure improvements
- Strategic Community Plan review
“The last major review of the Strategic Community Plan held in 2016, involved feedback from 1637 people from across the City including a community reference group that met on at least 10 occasions and became our champions within the community to encourage other residents to take part,” said Mayor George Gear.
“When we conduct the 2020 Strategic Community Plan review we’ll be looking to increase the number of opportunities for people to engage with us, with feedback incorporated into the City’s Corporate Business Plan, Long Term Financial Plan and Asset Management Plans, which are critical documents that ensure assets are maintained and fit for purpose now and in the future, and are appropriately and sustainably funded through financial reserves and rates revenue.
“Moving forward the City will continue to benchmark against other local governments for service delivery and value for money of the 200+ products and services it provides while maintaining a high financial health indicator score, and continuing to strive for efficiencies and improvements set against a priority of customer service, customer satisfaction and working with our community to deliver the best possible outcomes.”