Casey People's Panel

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During March, the first ever Casey People's Panel was formed to work out how City of Casey can meet community needs and expectations within budgetary constraints over the next ten years.

At the Council Meeting on 18 April, three community members presented the People's Panel 24 recommendations to the Mayor and Councillors.

This list is the result of a month of workshops where ordinary people from all around Casey came together to work with Council in addressing long-term challenges.

View the list of recommendations and how we will make them happen.

Who are the Casey People's Panel?

In January 2017, nominations were opened to anyone who lived, worked or studied in Casey including potential future residents. This was promoted through Council’s website and social media channels; Casey Community News; and a letter from Mayor Sam Aziz sent to 6,000 randomly selected households.

54 community members were selected, based on the demographic breakdown of City of Casey. This excluded children and young people under the age of 15, who would inform the process through other engagement activities.

What did they do?

Over four sessions in March 2017, the People’s Panel:

  • learnt about how Council works and the challenges facing City of Casey moving forward
  • heard from a range of speakers that provided expertise and balanced views
  • determined decision-making criteria and developed recommendations
  • heard results from other engagement activities and voted on proposed recommendations, resulting in a final list of 24 recommendations.

Why have a People's Panel?

The People's Panel was formed so that you, our community, could work with us to solve the challenge:

‘How do we address the long-term challenge of funding what Council believes it should be delivering to fulfill the community’s Vision and what it can afford to deliver?’

The City of Casey is big and getting bigger! We are home to more than 300,000 residents, but we expect more than half-a-million people will be living in our city by 2041!

Growing quickly presents many challenges as well as exciting opportunities for Council as we strive to continue providing the services and infrastructure our community deserves. We want to work collaboratively with our community to plan how we can meet your needs over the next ten years.

Did young people have a say?

A separate Youth Panel was formed to assist the Casey People's Panel.

Casey Youth Panel was made up of 22 students ranging in age from 11-15 years, from seven public and independent schools.

Seven principle statements were developed and voted upon, resulting in four key statements that Casey Youth Panel believe are the most important for Council to consider when making decisions over the next ten years. These were presented to Casey People’s Panel to inform their decision making.

What about children?

City of Casey officers attended the annual Woodlands Walk event held at the Cranbourne Royal Botanic Gardens, where children were invited to participate in a range of engagement activities and discussion.

An additional opportunity for consultation with 30 children aged 4-5 years from the Hampton Park East Kindergarten took place on 17 March 2017.

Three questions were posed to the children through the activities:

  1. What do you love about living in the City of Casey?
  2. What are your favourite places in the City of Casey?
  3. What services or facilities for people are important to you in the City of Casey?

Summary results were provided to Casey People’s Panel to inform decision making.

Who else had a say?

Seven ‘Pop Ups’ around City of Casey also allowed people to speak to a Council Officer or complete the online budget allocator activity. People could have a go at allocating a $159 million budget and let Council know if they wanted funding for particular services, increased, maintained or decrease. These results were provided to Casey People's Panel to inform decision making.

What next?

At the Council meeting on 16 May 2017, we publicly announced that we will be included ALL 24 recommendations into future planning, as well as the four principal statements developed by the Youth Panel.

View the list of recommendations and how we will make them happen.

Can I still have a say?

Council's draft planning documents are available for your comment until 9 June 2017, visit: Planning For Our Future.

During March, the first ever Casey People's Panel was formed to work out how City of Casey can meet community needs and expectations within budgetary constraints over the next ten years.

At the Council Meeting on 18 April, three community members presented the People's Panel 24 recommendations to the Mayor and Councillors.

This list is the result of a month of workshops where ordinary people from all around Casey came together to work with Council in addressing long-term challenges.

View the list of recommendations and how we will make them happen.

Who are the Casey People's Panel?

In January 2017, nominations were opened to anyone who lived, worked or studied in Casey including potential future residents. This was promoted through Council’s website and social media channels; Casey Community News; and a letter from Mayor Sam Aziz sent to 6,000 randomly selected households.

54 community members were selected, based on the demographic breakdown of City of Casey. This excluded children and young people under the age of 15, who would inform the process through other engagement activities.

What did they do?

Over four sessions in March 2017, the People’s Panel:

  • learnt about how Council works and the challenges facing City of Casey moving forward
  • heard from a range of speakers that provided expertise and balanced views
  • determined decision-making criteria and developed recommendations
  • heard results from other engagement activities and voted on proposed recommendations, resulting in a final list of 24 recommendations.

Why have a People's Panel?

The People's Panel was formed so that you, our community, could work with us to solve the challenge:

‘How do we address the long-term challenge of funding what Council believes it should be delivering to fulfill the community’s Vision and what it can afford to deliver?’

The City of Casey is big and getting bigger! We are home to more than 300,000 residents, but we expect more than half-a-million people will be living in our city by 2041!

Growing quickly presents many challenges as well as exciting opportunities for Council as we strive to continue providing the services and infrastructure our community deserves. We want to work collaboratively with our community to plan how we can meet your needs over the next ten years.

Did young people have a say?

A separate Youth Panel was formed to assist the Casey People's Panel.

Casey Youth Panel was made up of 22 students ranging in age from 11-15 years, from seven public and independent schools.

Seven principle statements were developed and voted upon, resulting in four key statements that Casey Youth Panel believe are the most important for Council to consider when making decisions over the next ten years. These were presented to Casey People’s Panel to inform their decision making.

What about children?

City of Casey officers attended the annual Woodlands Walk event held at the Cranbourne Royal Botanic Gardens, where children were invited to participate in a range of engagement activities and discussion.

An additional opportunity for consultation with 30 children aged 4-5 years from the Hampton Park East Kindergarten took place on 17 March 2017.

Three questions were posed to the children through the activities:

  1. What do you love about living in the City of Casey?
  2. What are your favourite places in the City of Casey?
  3. What services or facilities for people are important to you in the City of Casey?

Summary results were provided to Casey People’s Panel to inform decision making.

Who else had a say?

Seven ‘Pop Ups’ around City of Casey also allowed people to speak to a Council Officer or complete the online budget allocator activity. People could have a go at allocating a $159 million budget and let Council know if they wanted funding for particular services, increased, maintained or decrease. These results were provided to Casey People's Panel to inform decision making.

What next?

At the Council meeting on 16 May 2017, we publicly announced that we will be included ALL 24 recommendations into future planning, as well as the four principal statements developed by the Youth Panel.

View the list of recommendations and how we will make them happen.

Can I still have a say?

Council's draft planning documents are available for your comment until 9 June 2017, visit: Planning For Our Future.