Expression of interest registrations for the community panel will be open from 1 - 24 March 2021.
About the Community Panel
Baw Baw Shire Council would like to bring together a community panel of 40 people from across the shire to contribute to a Community Vision for our future.
The panel will be independently recruited in a random-selection process to ensure there is a diverse cross-section of people involved.
Together, you will discuss the community’s goals and ideas. The panel’s recommendations will be compiled to create a draft Community Vision, which will also influence the Council Plan and 10 year Financial Plan. These documents will be made available to the community for feedback.
How the Community Panel works.
This is a ‘deliberative’ community engagement process, which means the panel will:
- Discuss the issues, challenges and opportunities in depth
- Hear what the broader community thinks Baw Baw Shire should be like in the future
- Consider a wider range of information and hear from expert speakers
Expert independent facilitators from Spark Strategy will support community panel members with different viewpoints to work together respectfully and to reach a shared position on the future of Baw Baw Shire. It will not be an open public meeting format where loud voices can sometimes dominate.
Everyone on the panel will have their chance to be heard.
When will the Community Panel meet?
The panel will meet on five occasions and members are requested to attend all meetings.
- Workshop 1: Monday 19 April, 7-9pm (online)
- Workshop 2: Thursday, 22 April, 7-9pm (online)
- Workshop 3: Tuesday 27 April, 7-9pm (online)
- Workshop 4: Saturday 1 May, 10–4pm (in person)
- Workshop 5: Thursday 17 June, 7-9pm (online, optional)
Catering will be provided at the face-to-face meeting and panel members who attend all sessions will receive an honorarium of $350 in recognition of their time and commitment to being part of this process.
Support will be provided to enable all members of the panel to participate. This could include things like Auslan interpreters, wheelchair access and online practice sessions.
Interested in joining the Community Panel? Registrations open 1 March.
Check back soon to learn how to register your interest in joining the Community Panel.
Younger residents are an important part of this process, to ensure our younger voices are heard, Council is running targeted focus groups for youth and and children. If you are under 18 and want to be involved, please see our Focus Groups section to register.
Please note: Baw Baw Councillors, Council staff and anyone under 18 years old are not eligible to register to be part of the panel.
Selection of the people on the panel will be managed by an independent organisation, Deliberately Engaging Pty Ltd.
Your contact details will not be provided to Council unless you are selected for the panel.
If you have any questions or need assistance to register, please contact Daren McDonald, Deliberately Engaging on 0472 761 324 or email firstname.lastname@example.org