Community Vision

    What is a Community Vision?

    A Community Vision describes a future the community want to achieve together. It should capture what people love most about their community, as well as ideas and hopes for how the community will grow and change.

    What does a Community Vision do?

    Hume’s Community Vision will guide all of Hume City Council’s work. All of Council’s new strategies and plans will reflect the priorities and themes in the Community Vision.

    Why is Hume developing a Community Vision?

    The Local Government Act 2020 requires all Victorian Councils develop a Community Vision.

    Hume’s current community vision is contained in the Hume Horizons 2040 Community Plan, which was developed in 2012. Given the large population growth in Hume since this time, and the recent impacts on how we live due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Council has decided to develop a new community vision to better reflect the community values and expectations that exist in Hume today.

    How is Hume developing the Community Vision?

    To prepare for developing a new Community Vision, Hume City Council has looked at recent community feedback from our annual community surveys about current and long-term priorities for the City, and reviewed Hume Horizons 2040 (current long-term Community Plan).

    During February, March and April 2021, Hume City Council will be seeking ideas and feedback from the community about what is important for the future of Hume, what they love about Hume now, and what needs to change.   

    In May 2021 a Community Panel of 40 community members will be established. The Panel will work with the ideas and feedback from the community to develop a draft Community Vision for Hume City and work with Council to shape the themes and priorities to support this vision.

    If you are interested in being part of the panel, please register your interest here.

    The Panel will present their draft Community Vision to Council in June 2021. The draft Community Vision will be available for public comment in August 2021. The final Community Vision will be adopted by 31 October 2021.

    Does Council already have a Community Vision?

    Council, together with community, has developed previous community visions, including Hume City 2030 and Hume Horizons 2040. The new Community Vision will build upon the foundations of these previous strategic documents. The Community Vision will also be informed by what the community has already told us through our annual community surveys and other consultations. You can find out more about what we’ve already heard and share your ideas for actions in the ideas board.

Community Panel

    What is the Hume Community Panel’s task?

    The task of the Panel will be to develop a draft Community Vision for Hume City and work with Council to decide the themes and priorities that will support this vision. The panel will work with the ideas and feedback the community shared from February to April to help inform their conversations.

    Council will also use the feedback from the Panel to ensure the 4-year Council Plan and budget, and the 10-year Financial and Asset Plans reflect the expectations and priorities of the Hume community.

    Who will be on the Panel?

    Hume’s Community Panel will be made up of a group of 40 Hume community members. Anyone with a connection to Hume City can apply to be on the Panel. The panel members will be randomly selected and will be representative of the broader Hume community. Panel applicants must be 16 years and over.

    Why would I want to be part of the Community Panel?

    This is an opportunity to help shape the future of Hume City. You will have the chance to work closely with Councillors and other community members in shaping the future direction of Hume. You will learn more about how Council works, and more about the diverse people and places of Hume. You will have a chance to actively participate in Council decision-making processes.

    Will the Community Panel be reimbursed for their time?

    We recognise your time is valuable. Being part of the panel might mean you have to give up another activity or get a babysitter to help look after your kids. To demonstrate our appreciation for your contribution, and to help make it easier for you to be part of the process, each panel member who attends at least three of four sessions will receive a $300 gift voucher at the end of the process, in recognition of their contribution. 

    What skills or knowledge do I need to be part of the Community Panel?

    You don’t need any special skills or knowledge to take part. All panel members need to have is an interest in shaping a positive future for Hume City. The panel will be provided with background information about Hume and what the broader community has told us about the future for Hume. Each session will be supported by skilled facilitators who will make sure there are different ways you can contribute in each session. You don’t need to be a confident public speaker or have any special knowledge about Hume to be a valuable participant.

    What do I need to do if I am on the Community Panel?

    The role of the Panel is to create a draft Community Vision that represents the City as a whole. The Panel will have access to community feedback from the first stage of consultation. This will include many perspectives on the future of Hume City. The panel will need to explore this information to ensure different perspectives are taken into consideration in making the final recommendations to Council. 

    Panel members are required to:

    • Read the information pack (to be sent prior to the first session).
    • Attend a minimum of three online Panel sessions.
    • Contribute your ideas and listen to the ideas of others.
    • Contribute to the private Panel online portal between panel sessions.

    Panel members may also like to:

    • Present the draft Community Vision to a Council meeting.
    • Attend Council meetings where the project is discussed.

    How much time will it take to be part of the Community Panel?

    Panel members will need to spend approximately 15 hours over a couple of months. The Panel will meet online four times over three months. Sessions will be on a weekend, and each session will run for approximately three hours. Panel members will be encouraged to contribute to an online private page between sessions. The final days and times will be based on the preference of the majority of successful applicants. Applicants can specify their day/time preferences in the expression of interest form. 

    I don’t have a computer or internet access so how can I participate in an online panel?

    If you are a successful Panel applicant, we will work with you to ensure you have the support you need to take part. This may include supporting you to participate at a Council venue such as a library, providing technical support, or looking at other ways you could participate.

    When will I find out if I am on the Community Panel?

    Applications close on Friday 16 April 2021. Successful applicants will be notified in early May 2021.

    I am interested but I still have questions?

    Please contact Peta Farquhar (Strategic Engagement Advisor) if you have any further questions about the Community Panel, or 9205 2200.