Deliberation in Victoria – The new Victorian Local Government Act

A new Local Government Act (the Act) came into being on 24 March this year and with it provisions relating to community engagement. The even better news is that the Act is a principles based Act and contains some requirements for deliberation. This article provides information about the core elements of the Act and resources for Council who may be new to deliberation.

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When is a map more than a map?

Who doesn’t love a good map? In our opinion the pièce de résistance of a great infrastructure engagement session is the map!Traditionally at Inland Rail, we have used large, rolled-up plot maps. Some have been up to 2.5m long, showing a range of information including the location of project (Inland Rail corridor), water flow paths, changes to roads, structures and so on.

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From the CEO: Have you put on your oxygen mask?

While there has been much talk about masks, lately I have been thinking about another type of masks – oxygen masks.We all know the safety instruction given on airplanes that in case of an emergency you have to fit your own oxygen mask before helping others to fit theirs.

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2019 Core Values Awards Case Study | Koala Conservation

As part of the approved 2016-17 funding for the Vulnerable Species Management Plan budget, the Vulnerable Species Management Team sought to develop a city-wide Koala Conservation Plan to address the conservation issues affecting the koala populations across the city. The project adopted a community driven development framework where community engagement was central to koala conservation on the Gold Coast. Key strategies, including asset-based community development were used. The success of the engagement has contributed significantly to koala conservation throughout the city.

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IAP2 call for Director elections now open

The International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) is a global member association which seeks to promote and improve the practice of public participation or community and stakeholder engagement. We are pleased to announce that we are opening up the call for Director Nominations for IAP2 International and IAP2 Australasia.

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Coronavirus and Engaging Cities: Towards Community Recovery with Sally Hussey

Cities are at the epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19’s impacts on densely populated urban centres, moreover, have redoubled the inequalities of urban cities as it has become evident that groups are affected unequally. Most particularly, vulnerable and marginalised communities. And, while global lockdown has forced many changes – social distancing, quarantining and self-isolation measures to curtail person-to-person transmission – the move to re-opening is overwhelmed by complexity and uncertainty.

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