Affordable housing opportunities, developing a new destination tourism plan, and partnering with traditional owners to develop land management partnerships are listed among key projects to be delivered in the City of Whittlesea’s 2022-23 Community Action Plan.
Other projects include implementing a community leadership program; completing the design investigations for the regional sports and aquatic centre in Mernda; renewing and developing new parks and playgrounds; and implement a glass recycling bin service as a fourth kerbside collection bin.
The City of Whittlesea received 14 submissions in response to its community action plan, which outlines 125 activities and projects.
The plan comes after the council’s long-term vision, Whittlesea 2040 ‘A Place For All’, which was developed in partnership with the community in 2018.
More than 1500 people participated online or in person at the council’s community engagement stalls, sharing ideas and priorities for the next four years.
Chair administrator Lydia Wilson said the community asked to see local roads and parks supported, as well as the growth of businesses.
“Our community told us they would like us to invest in local roads, parks and open spaces as well as supporting local business and providing an opportunity for jobs growth,” she said.
“And they highlighted the importance of local festivals and events, increasing kindergarten spaces and addressing needs that have arisen out of the pandemic.”
A Community Leadership Program is another developing project part of the plan, partnered with the La Trobe Business School and other key organisations.
Ms Wilson said she was thrilled to see the level of interest in the program, as it would establish future leaders for the council.“It aims to build participants’ practical leadership skills, help them establish professional networks, learn more about local government and get them ready for future leadership positions which may even include standing for council when the City of Whittlesea returns to elected officials,” she said.