Why is Council engaging with the community?

    Council is currently developing its key guiding documents for the next four years.

    These include the Council Plan, which will outline how we will support our community, how we will plan for the future and how we will deliver on the priorities for our City.

    At the same time, we are developing our new Municipal Health and Wellbeing Plan 2021–2025. Understanding how we can best support our community members and address a range of important health and wellbeing priorities will be the focus of this Plan.

    We are engaging with community to inform the development of both plans. We think this approach will provide an easier way for our community and key stakeholders to join the conversation on a variety of issues that are important to them.

    Council has a strong commitment to community engagement as this supports us to stay focused on delivering the best outcomes for the community. Glen Eira has a diverse community with varying aspirations, and particular social, economic, environmental, and health and wellbeing needs that we are keen to understand. It is important that we have conversations and include all people in our community, from different backgrounds and at all stages of life who live, work and play in Glen Eira.

    Everyone’s voice in Glen Eira is important and we want to hear from as many diverse voices as we can. We will be trying very hard to reach many of those voices and groups that are not often heard.

    By seeking and obtaining regular feedback and input from the community we can identify areas of priority, need and opportunity that will best inform our planning.

    What is a Council Plan?

    The Local Government Act 2020 requires that each council develop a Council Plan every four years, within 12 months of each general election of the Council.

    The Council Plan 2021-2025 will be developed by the newly elected Council and will rrespond to the Glen Eira 2040 Community Vision and principles recently developed by a panel of

    community representatives. The Plan will identify Council’s key strategic directions and priorities for the next four years and will be accompanied by a Financial Plan and an Asset Plan. The new Council Plan is due in October 2021.

    Does Council have a current Council Plan?

    Yes. Council has a current Council Plan which is in its fourth and final year. The current Council Plan can be found here.

    What is the Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan (MPHWP)?

    The Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 requires councils to develop a Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan every four years, within 12 months of each general election of the council.

    This Plan outlines the role Council will play in improving the health and wellbeing of people who live, work, study and play in Glen Eira across all ages and abilities. This Plan aims to address key health and wellbeing priorities identified in the Victorian Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2019-2023 and other long-term community health and wellbeing aspirations identified by the Glen Eira community and key stakeholders.

    The Plan will be used by Council, local health service providers and community organisations to set policy and partnership priorities for the next four years, focusing on health and wellbeing trends with the greatest impact on the community.

    Does Glen Eira have a current Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan?

    Yes, Council has a current MPHWP that is in its fourth and final year. The current plan can be found here.

    Why is planning for health and wellbeing important?

    We know that our health and wellbeing is not only determined by our genetics, or lifestyle but shaped by many complex factors like where we are born, grow up, work and age along with the physical, social, economic and natural environment we live in. 

    Our environment, our connections with other people, local services, access to green spaces or nature, are all important areas that we must consider in our planning to support positive health and wellbeing outcomes for our community.  

    What is Council’s role in supporting health and wellbeing?

    Local government plays an important role in protecting, improving and promoting the health and wellbeing of our community. We do this in many ways by:

    • Delivering programs, supports and services directly to residents
    • Facilitating and working in partnerships
    • Developing and implementing policy and local law
    • Identifying issues and service gaps
    • Managing, maintaining and developing important infrastructure.

    Some of our programs and services that support health and wellbeing include maternal and child health services, children and early years services, aged care services, open space, parks and recreation, arts and culture programs, local economy and placemaking projects, sustainability, public health and emergency management to name a few.

    Which areas are we focusing on and why?

    The Victorian Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2019-2023 provides guidance to Local Governments about priority areas that have the biggest impact on population health. The priority areas include:

    • Tackling climate change and its impact on health (focus area)
    • Increasing healthy eating (focus area)
    • Increasing active living (focus area)
    • Reducing tobacco related harm (focus area)
    • Preventing all forms of violence
    • Improving mental wellbeing
    • Reducing harmful alcohol and drug use
    • Improving sexual and reproductive health. 

    This guidance, combined with local health research data and feedback through community engagement, will help Council develop a plan that addresses the needs of our diverse community over the next four years.

    Our approach on integrating our Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2021-2025

    The MPHWP will be part of a new integrated planning approach for health and wellbeing outcomes across Glen Eira. The MPHWP will include strategies and actions previously represented by the Disability Action Plan, Positive Ageing Strategy, Youth Strategy and Prevention of Family Violence Action Plan. This Plan will also incorporate new diversity and inclusion elements for Glen Eira.

    This approach supports us to prioritise the health and wellbeing needs of our diverse community through an age and a whole of life span approach. As well as considering the needs of children, young people, adults and older adults, the plan will also seek to meet the needs of people with a disability, carers and people from diverse backgrounds including culturally and linguistically diverse populations, vulnerable population groups and the LGBTIQA+ community. More information of these important population groups is covered in the FAQ – Integrated Health and Wellbeing Planning.

    How can I provide feedback?

    Over the next few months, we will be running a range of community engagement activities to seek input from as many people as possible in Glen Eira. We want to hear from people from many different backgrounds and life stages.

    The community engagement will include community wide activities, as well as targeted activities with specific populations groups and stakeholders. This includes children and young people, people with a disability, families, older adults, people from different cultural, religious and diversity backgrounds.

    There will be a number of ways to get involved including through:

    • Surveys
    • Focus groups
    • Stakeholder workshops
    • Pop-up engagement.

    What will Council do with feedback I am providing?

    Your feedback will be used to further understand and give context to which areas need to be prioritised over the next four years and how this might best be achieved.

    All engagement activities will enhance our aim to create future plans that are inclusive and that identify with the majority of our community. Our engagement will also ensure we support the needs of our more vulnerable and/or disadvantaged community members.

    What is the timeline for community engagement on the Council Plan and MPHWP?

    There will be several stages of community consultation of which most will occur from April to July 2021. We are hoping to deliver a range of engagement activities online and face-to-face where possible, to capture as many voices from our community across all ages and stages.

    How can I or my group get involved?

    There are several ways you can get involved. Visit Have Your Say to complete a survey and learn about the areas of focus. We will also have hard-copy materials available at the customer service centre at Town Hall, libraries, senior centres and other community sites.

    There will be several events held throughout the community engagement period. A list of times and dates for us to talk and listen to our community will be available.

    If you have an event or meeting you would like us to attend to talk about the project and collect feedback, please contact us via cengagement@gleneira.vic.gov.au.

    How can I obtain information in other formats or languages?

    If you are deaf, or have a hearing or speech impairment, contact us through the National Relay Service on 133 677 or visit www.relayservice.com.au We will also be translating some of our engagement material into community languages. For more information on how we can engage with your group contact us via cengagement@gleneira.vic.gov.au

    How do I keep informed about consultation in the future?

    Council is committed to engaging with the community regularly to gain insights, seek input and to share how Council has considered your ideas and feedback. This not a one-off opportunity but part of an ongoing process of conversation and collaboration. If you are interested in being part of future consultation opportunities, please subscribe to our community engagement e-newsletter.