CITY of Whittlesea residents are invited to have their say on three key strategies that will progress the Whittlesea 2040 vision: A Place for All.
The draft Connected Community Strategy 2023-2033, draft Liveable Neighbourhoods Strategy 2023-2033 and the draft Long-Term Community Infrastructure Plan were endorsed for consultation at the September council meeting.
The Connected Community Strategy 2023-2033 sets out council’s commitment to promoting an inclusive, safe and welcoming place where all residents are celebrated and supported.
Informed by the analysis of trends and community engagement, the strategy outlines 24 priorities to build on the progress already made in these areas.
Advancing gender equality, improving physical and mental wellbeing, providing services for people at all life stages, and creating culturally safe and accessible spaces are a few areas council will look at over the next decade.
The Liveable Neighbourhoods Strategy 2023-2033 is council’s plan to create and occupy well-planned neighbourhoods with open spaces and town centres.
The 18 priorities outlined in the report include creating a regional sports centre in Mernda, building an Aboriginal Gathering Place, improving walking and cycling networks and increasing social and affordable housing options.
The Long-Term Community Infrastructure Plan is council’s blueprint for investing in buildings and spaces that helps residents access services supporting health, wellbeing and life-long learning.
Among the priorities highlighted in the strategy are those matching the infrastructure needs of the State Government’s early childhood education reforms, delivering new multi-purpose community centres and sporting facilities in the growing northern suburbs and increasing access to library services.
City of Whittlesea chair administrator Lydia Wilson said each of the strategies were informed by extensive community engagement and a place-based approach delivering the needs of each community within the municipality.
“These three strategies will help us bring our community’s vision of A Place for All to life,” she said.
“I would now invite the community to view each of these draft strategies and to provide their feedback. We want to make sure these strategies capture what’s important to the people who live, work and visit the City of Whittlesea.”
People can view the plans and provide feedback at engage.whittlesea.vic.gov.au.