council ignores public requests to improve consultation over budget

The community, as a major stakeholder in the budget, needs to be involved earlier in the process.

At tonight’s (28 Oct) Monash Council meeting the 2015/6 Budget and Council Plan Timetable is on the agenda.

The agenda and draft timeline are available online:

http://www.monash.vic.gov.au/reports/28oct2014.htm (agenda)

http://www.monash.vic.gov.au/reports/pdftext/cp28oct14/2.1-attachment.pdf (timeline)

The timeline allows for the public to put in submissions on the budget between 1 May and 31 May 2015.  This is inadequate.

This year only a small token change was made to the budget despite sound arguments for change being made in the submissions.

The community, as a major stakeholder in the budget, needs to be involved in the entire budget process.

As a constituent of Monash YOU can speak out by:
  • contacting your Local Councillors
  • emailing / writing / ringing Monash Oakleigh Leader monash@leadernewspapers.com.au
    Julia Rabar 9875 8054
    Emily Webb 9875 8257
    1 Chapel Street, Blackburn VIC 3130
  • make contact with other media
  • attending Council meetings & submitting questions to Public Question Time*

*Unfortunately, Monash Council is one of the few Councils with an archaic system requiring questions to be submitted the day before the meeting.  Other Councils allow you to submit just before the meeting e.g. Whitehorse City Council

The budget review process needs to include the community.

The Monash community has frequently requested the Council to involve, collaborate with and empower the community i.e. use the higher levels of the IAP2 Public Participation Spectrum http://www.iap2.org.au/documents/item/84

Monash Community protest 2013
Alienated community members resort to stopping the Mayor Geoff Lake at Brandon Park in an attempt to get the Council to listen 2013
The community, as a major stakeholder in the budget, needs to be involved in the entire budget process.

The budget review process needs to include the community.

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