Connecting Communities Through Spaces
Council is taking a fresh look at our community spaces: How they are used, how they are developed and how they can best connect communities.
We’ve launched a host of community consultation opportunities and we want to make sure that all Baw Baw residents know about it and have the chance to take part. Get in quick! Consultation closes at 5.00pm on Tuesday 19 June.
Throughout May and June Council has been seeking input from the community through a series of opportunities, including:
If you’d like the opportunity to be involved and be kept in the loop, please register your interest using the form below - and share this invitation with as many interested people as possible.
If you or someone you know doesn’t have internet access, you can also sign up in person at a Council Customer Service Centre or by calling 5624 2411.
We'd love you to join us and have your say about community spaces at one of the many facilitated community pop-up sessions we're holding across the Shire.
Consult the list below for the session most convenient for you, and help spread the word by sharing the Facebook Event with your friends.
Saturday 12 May, 8.30am - 12.30pm
Rokeby Community Market, Rokeby Reserve
Saturday 26 May, 8.00am - 1.00pm
Yarragon Market, Yarragon Public Hall
Saturday 26 May, 2.35pm - 4.35pm
Hill End v Thorpdale (Mid Gippsland Football League), Hill End Recreation Reserve
Saturday 2 June, 9.00am - 12.00 pm
Community Garden behind Public Hall
Saturday 2 June, 2.10pm - 4.10pm
Ellinbank v Nyora (Ellinbank and Districts Football League), Ellinbank
Sunday 3 June, 8.00am - 1.00pm
Longwarry Fire Brigade Market, Bennett Street Longwarry
Sunday 3 June, 12.00am - 2.00pm
Thursday 7 June, 10.00am - 1.00pm
West Gippsland Mobile Library, Knotts Siding Road
Saturday 16 June, 9.00am - 11.00am
Drouin Craft and Produce Market, Civic Park Drouin
Saturday 16 June, 12.00pm - 2.00pm
Lions Club Shelter, Palmerston Street, Warragul
In addition to the face-to-face consultation sessions, we've created a suite of online consultation options so that you can provide your feedback when it's convenient for you.
Visit our dedicated Community Hubs Strategy online feedback portal. There you'll find:
Get involved and have your say! Your input will help us best plan for future improvements to local spaces, improvements to existing public space, re-energising underused areas, and support for community-led initiatives.
Baw Baw Shire Council is committed to supporting the vibrancy and character of our local communities through good planning, provision of community focussed services and facilities, and through support for local people, groups and organisations.
We know that community spaces play a huge role in all these goals. That’s why we’re currently in the process of developing a Community Hubs Strategy. It’s all about taking a fresh look at our community spaces: How they are used, how they are developed and how they can best connect communities.
This strategy provides an opportunity for you, as a Baw Baw community member, to define the role that spaces play in connecting, supporting and nurturing our unique communities.
The Community Hubs Strategy will help us best plan for future improvements to local spaces, including facility upgrades, improvements to existing public space, re-energising underused areas, and support for community-led initiatives.
A ‘Community Hub’ is any place that communities use to meet and connect with each other.
Community Hubs can be unique to different communities in what opportunities and activities they provide and how they respond to that community’s needs. They aren’t necessarily formal Council spaces. In fact, Some Community Hubs might not even be physical spaces at all. For example, an online a community message board could be considered a ‘community hub’ just as much as the local footy club, park or library.
Council are keen to hear from you, our local communities, on what you see as your strengths, how you organise yourselves and how we can support you through the enhancement or creation of community hubs.
The outcomes of these conversations will help Council create the Community Hubs Strategy. The strategy will make recommendations that celebrate the uniqueness of each community and provide place-based approaches to strengthen community connectedness.
Make sure to sign up to stay in the loop!