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.

The first round of community consultations has now closed and we want to say a huge thank you to all who have taken part so far.

But!

We're not done yet.

There's plenty still to come...


What happens next?

We are currently collating all the information gathered throughout the first round of face-to-face and online consultations.

The input the community has provided will inform an initial draft strategy.

Once we've put this initial draft strategy together, we'll be going back out to you - the community - to get further feedback and make sure it's hitting the mark. 

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Stay in the Loop

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.


Why are we undertaking this project?

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. 


What is a community hub?

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.  


Why we want to hear from you

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.  

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