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You're invited to join the Banyule Community ThinkTank!

We need your wisdom and experience to help shape the future of Banyule.

Be part of what we're calling the Banyule ThinkTank, a group of community members that will deepen Council's understanding of what's needed locally and where to focus Council's attention.

How it works

By joining the ThinkTank you'll guide Council's work over the next four years.

We know your time is valuable, so members will be rewarded up to $350 for participating in four in-person sessions starting in July this year.

  • ThinkTank members will be provided with lots of information about Council services, the local area and feedback we have gathered from others in the community to help you participate in conversations.
  • You will discuss a range of topics with other ThinkTank members and;
  • The ThinkTank will give recommendations to Council on future priorities that guide Council's work.

Everyone is welcome to apply. The group will act as a mini-version of the broader community, so we encourage people from all backgrounds and lived-experience to put their hand up!

At the end of the project, Council will publicly respond to each of the ThinkTank's recommendations, which will help develop Council's next Council Plan, Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan, Asset Plan, Financial Plan and Budget.

If you want to join the ThinkTank, register your interest online by Sunday 28 April 2024.

More information

What is Banyule Futures?

Banyule Futures will see Council working closely with community to plan for the next four years.

The project will harness the wisdom of Banyule's diverse community to make recommendations on where Council should focus its budget and resources. There are a number of ways for you to get involved:

  • activations and workshops
  • Banyule Community ThinkTank
  • feedback on documents.

Check out the 'Ways to get involved' tab for more information.

Ultimately, the project will support us to check in with community on Banyule's Community Vision 2041 and develop Council's next four-year Council Plan, Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan, Asset Plan, Financial Plan and Budget.

Ways to get involved

There are a number of ways you can get involved in Banyule Futures. Check out the upcoming opportunities below.

As part of Banyule Futures it's important that we hear from as many people in the community as want to participate.

With this in mind, there will be a number of community engagement activities for anyone in the community to attend and participate, starting at the end of April through to June 2024 including:

  • a survey - online, hardcopy and in-person with Council officers
  • activations and workshops in your precinct - come and have a coffee, listen to some music and help deepen our understanding of your local area
  • stakeholder meetings - call us to come and talk with you and your organisation!

More details on these activities will be available in April 2024.

The Banyule Community ThinkTank is a group of community representatives coming together to learn and discuss issues in detail over a series of sessions.

The ThinkTank will be made up of between 43 and 50 participants who represent the diversity of the Banyule’s communities. The ThinkTank is a way for Banyule community members to work through complex matters that affect their everyday lives.

The ThinkTank will meet four times from July to November 2024 to look at information gathered during earlier community engagement activities to make recommendations to the Mayor, councillors and the CEO on future priorities.

All of the engagement we do on this project will help draft Council's next four-year Council Plan, Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan, Asset Plan, Financial Plan and Budget.

We expect the draft documents to be available for feedback in March 2025.