What is Glen Eira Community Voice?
Glen Eira Community Voice is about being innovative and trying something different to improve the way we consult and listen to the community.
This is an opportunity to have ongoing input to Council on a range of local issues and projects, even those that may not directly impact you, because it’s important for us to hear perspectives from our whole community.
Who can participate?
Anyone can participate as long as you are a Glen Eira resident and over the age of 18 years. No prior knowledge or experience is necessary. Registration is quick and easy online and you can opt out at any time.
What does it involve?
Members of Community Voice are invited to respond to approximately 6 online surveys or quick polls each year. Information provided by the Community Voice helps Council to better understand community views and to make important decisions about the City's future.
From time to time there may be other opportunities for Community Voice members to be involved in special discussion forums and face-to-face engagement opportunities.
Can non-resident ratepayers and business owners join the Community Voice?
Glen Eira Community Voice is a sample of the Glen Eira resident community. It has been developed to statistically mirror the resident population of Glen Eira in terms of age, gender and suburb. This is based on the 2016 Census data to ensure a representative sample. People who are not residents in Glen Eira were not included in the 2016 Census data count and as a result are not included in Glen Eira Community Voice.
Glen Eira Community Voice is only one form of community engagement that Glen Eira uses. Non-resident ratepayers and businesses owners are welcome and encouraged to participate in other ways, such as through Have Your Say Glen Eira. Consultations are promoted under Current Consultations on Glen Eira’s website, or you can sign up to Council’s Community Engagement E-newsletter for information on upcoming projects.
Why do you need to be 18 years or older to join Glen Eira Community Voice?
People under the age of 18 are not legally allowed to provide consent to join Glen Eira Community Voice. In addition, Glen Eira Community Voice consultations will be through written online surveys, which may not be suitable for younger children. Glen Eira has specific consultation approaches designed to capture the views and aspirations of our younger community members.
Glen Eira has a dedicated Youth Consultation page for young people aged 10- 25 years. This covers areas of particular interest to young people. We also have a YouthVoice crew made up of young people that we regularly seek feedback from. In addition young people are encouraged to view current consultations on Glen Eira’s website, or sign up to Council’s Community Engagement E-newsletter.
Can I opt out at any point?
Yes. You may opt out of Community Voice at any time by notifying the Community Voice Administrator. The initial membership term is two years, but in most cases you will be able to stay on Community Voice for as long as you are willing.
What will my feedback be used for?
Council will draw on the input from Community Voice to inform, influence and guide our decision-making activities, policies and planning. We are committed to keeping Community Voice members informed of the outcomes of each engagement activity and how the outcomes have been included in our decisions.
Do I need expert knowledge to participate?
No. Community Voice activities do not require participants to have expert knowledge, skills or experience. While we want participants to be able to provide informed feedback on topics, further reading is not essential.