Community Taskforce Online Hub 2019


Welcome to the online hub for the 2019 Community Taskforce.

You can find information, ask questions and discuss topics!


Workshop information shared.

Stay up to date with our Council Plan progress by visiting the Community Dashboard website.

Let's chat

If you have any questions that you'd like to ask about the Council Action Plan, you can submit them in the Let's Chat section and they will be answered on the day.

This is also where you can have conversations with us and other members of the Taskforce.

Unsure about something?

Check out the Frequently Asked Questions, or email us at caseyconversations@casey.vic.gov.au, or call 9705 5200.


Welcome to the online hub for the 2019 Community Taskforce.

You can find information, ask questions and discuss topics!


Workshop information shared.

Stay up to date with our Council Plan progress by visiting the Community Dashboard website.

Let's chat

If you have any questions that you'd like to ask about the Council Action Plan, you can submit them in the Let's Chat section and they will be answered on the day.

This is also where you can have conversations with us and other members of the Taskforce.

Unsure about something?

Check out the Frequently Asked Questions, or email us at caseyconversations@casey.vic.gov.au, or call 9705 5200.

  • Workshop 1 - Questions Answered - Learning more about Council

    3 months ago

    What was in the plan last year.

    A hard copy of the Plan was provided at the Taskforce meeting and a copy is available online at www.casey.vic.gov.au/policies-strategies/council-plan. There are 39 actions to deliver in the 2018/19 Action Plan. Some key actions include promotion of family violence services, developing an Events Attraction Strategy, implementing an advocacy campaign for the State and Federal elections (inc. Commit to Casey campaign) and hosting a community mental health summit. The 39 actions are spread across different focus areas including (but not limited to) technology, community safety, arts and sports, the local economy and...

    What was in the plan last year.

    A hard copy of the Plan was provided at the Taskforce meeting and a copy is available online at www.casey.vic.gov.au/policies-strategies/council-plan. There are 39 actions to deliver in the 2018/19 Action Plan. Some key actions include promotion of family violence services, developing an Events Attraction Strategy, implementing an advocacy campaign for the State and Federal elections (inc. Commit to Casey campaign) and hosting a community mental health summit. The 39 actions are spread across different focus areas including (but not limited to) technology, community safety, arts and sports, the local economy and the transport network.

    What all the services are.

    The City of Casey delivers 66 services to the community. These services are diverse and range from aged care and community safety, to transport, foreshores, subdivisions, and investment and innovation. A full list of the services we deliver will be provided through the Taskforce Hub.

    City of Casey Service catalogue

  • Workshop 1 - Questions Answered - Understanding the resident’s role.

    3 months ago

    ● Understand what sorts of difference we can make as regular residents.

    Residents acquire a new strength within the democratic process when they act as a community; by voting, getting involved in decision-making processes or speaking with elected representatives, residents can change policy and legislation.

    ● Lobbying for funding to state governments, how to create power to get funding from Council.

    By presenting sound public policy and ideas to Council.

    Anyone can create power to get funding from Council through sound ideas and good public policy. However, you must participate in the democratic process if you truly wish to get...

    ● Understand what sorts of difference we can make as regular residents.

    Residents acquire a new strength within the democratic process when they act as a community; by voting, getting involved in decision-making processes or speaking with elected representatives, residents can change policy and legislation.

    ● Lobbying for funding to state governments, how to create power to get funding from Council.

    By presenting sound public policy and ideas to Council.

    Anyone can create power to get funding from Council through sound ideas and good public policy. However, you must participate in the democratic process if you truly wish to get funding from Council which involves presenting those ideas through engagement opportunities.


  • Workshop 1 - Questions Answered - What are the Taskforce's/Council’s processes?

    3 months ago

    How different things are given priority, how is it decided what is most important to the community.

    Council uses a variety of information to try and understand what is most important to the community. This includes specific feedback through community engagement, utilisation information (how often a service or facility is used) and requests/complaints/compliments. Council also monitors demographic data to understand how that may impact community priority eg If we know that the population within the 65+ age bracket is going to see significant growth, Council will understand that the community may see a stronger need and priority for aged...

    How different things are given priority, how is it decided what is most important to the community.

    Council uses a variety of information to try and understand what is most important to the community. This includes specific feedback through community engagement, utilisation information (how often a service or facility is used) and requests/complaints/compliments. Council also monitors demographic data to understand how that may impact community priority eg If we know that the population within the 65+ age bracket is going to see significant growth, Council will understand that the community may see a stronger need and priority for aged services.

    Council process in decisions, who organises, does research and development and provides funding?

    There are two ways Council makes decisions; through resolution at a Council meeting and through delegation. You can read more about the formal Council decision making process through the attached document . Because there are so many decisions that need to be made every day, the Council delegates authority to Council officers to ensure the smooth running of the organisation. These officers are responsible for doing the research and development to deliver the services the community receives.

    Council’s services are funded in a number of ways including:

    · Direct funding (through Council rates or charges)

    · Grants and funding agreements from state and federal government

    · User fees

    What will the council provide, facilitate, advocate?

    Some examples of the services that Council provides, facilitates and advocates for are listed below. Council often plays more than one role.

    Provide

    Advocate

    Facilitate

    · Aboriginal services

    · Kindergarten

    · Kerbside waste collection

    · Hard waste collection

    · Aged care

    · Pet registration and animal management

    · Parks and Playgrounds

    · Events

    · Aboriginal services

    · Economic development

    · Aged care

    · Foreshore reserves

    · Events

    · Aboriginal services

    · Economic development

    · Aged care

    · Foreshore reserves

    · Events

    Who makes the decision what suggestions are implemented, eg vote, panel?

    Council officers will make a recommendation on which suggestions are implemented. The Council will make the final decision on which actions are included.

    Often there is a significant amount of change between the original idea and the final outcome (regardless of whether the idea was suggested by the community or a council officer).

    Need to know planning process, interface with others, review our ideas considered.

    Officers will take the ideas suggested by the Community Taskforce as well as all of the feedback provided through the community engagement program. We will then work with the different areas of Council to either further develop the ideas or create new ideas that address the key themes.

    I want to further work with the council and understand more of their role.

    Fantastic! The Community Taskforce is a great way to work with Council and gain a really strong understanding of our role.

    How questions for the task force will be communicated - on live chat?

    When anything is added to the Community Taskforce Online Hub by one of our Council staff, you will be emailed to alert you and a link provided.

    If the Taskforce members are communicating on the online forum within the hub it will be up to individuals to check the hub regularly.

    It would be helpful if more information was given as to the scope of the taskforce.

    The taskforce’s official role is to monitor the implementation of the Council Action Plan. At the workshop we talked about expanding that role so that the taskforce contributes to the development of the Council Action Plan, as well as having the opportunity to provide feedback on other Council activities. Council may reach out and ask your opinion on a draft policy or strategy, or ask if you would be interested in participating in a focus group. You can choose whether or not you want to participate in these additional opportunities.


  • Workshop 1 - Questions Answered - What happens from today’s workshop?

    3 months ago

    What happens with the information gathered today?

    Your ideas and suggestions will be reviewed for potential inclusion into the Action Plan 2019/20. We will also present the findings from the engagement program – including the Taskforce, online survey and pop-ups held across Casey – to Councillors. Some ideas may need further consideration, scoping and planning before we can determine if and how to deliver them, or they may already be planned to occur in 2019/20 or future years.

    What will the council do with our input?

    Similar to the above question, your input will be considered as part...

    What happens with the information gathered today?

    Your ideas and suggestions will be reviewed for potential inclusion into the Action Plan 2019/20. We will also present the findings from the engagement program – including the Taskforce, online survey and pop-ups held across Casey – to Councillors. Some ideas may need further consideration, scoping and planning before we can determine if and how to deliver them, or they may already be planned to occur in 2019/20 or future years.

    What will the council do with our input?

    Similar to the above question, your input will be considered as part of the development of the Action Plan 2019/20. We will use the feedback we heard from the Taskforce and the overall issues emerging from the wider community engagement to develop the key projects and actions in the Action Plan 2019/20.


  • Principles (rules) for engagement

    3 months ago

    Hi everyone

    As discussed at the workshop on Saturday, below are the Principles of Engagement that everyone agreed on.

    • We will share the floor together
    • If you don’t understand, ask the question
    • Being able to speak openly and plainly
    • Respect and listen
    • Two-day turnaround for feedback
    • If something isn’t working, let us know
    • Commitment to attend the September session

    Hi everyone

    As discussed at the workshop on Saturday, below are the Principles of Engagement that everyone agreed on.

    • We will share the floor together
    • If you don’t understand, ask the question
    • Being able to speak openly and plainly
    • Respect and listen
    • Two-day turnaround for feedback
    • If something isn’t working, let us know
    • Commitment to attend the September session

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