79 objections were submitted by public members: “Key issues raised within objections relate to neighbourhood character, visual bulk, overshadowing, design detail, compliance with residential policy, car parking provision, increased traffic, overlooking and residential amenity.” Source – Monash Council Agenda, 30 August 2016.
The Council has recommended to refuse the proposal!
Due to the Public Health Approach to Gambling Policy Statement, funding will not be provided to applicants or community groups who meet at venues that have Electronic Gaming Machines. Already two organisations will be affected! There were some objections to this alteration .
Perhaps Monash council should have joined the ‘Drop the Jargon’ day and pledged to use plain language! This day was for professionals, health services and local governments to challenge themselves to use plain language. www.dropthejargon.org.au
Monash council needs to understand what community consultation and engagement is, as if they did they would have asked the community if a communications expert is needed or the best option to help the community understand information or plans provided to them.
This is what I propose!
Why waste funds on hiring a communications expert when there is a simple way to communicate information to the community?
The best way to provide information to the community is to implement or commence a Community Information Reference Group. Community members can join to review information, including budget and proposed planning documents to ensure that fact sheets are written in plain English and cater to all consumers or community members. This way the community will understand the information provided to them and can have a say. The council can follow examples from health/community services which already provide information, that is accessible and easy to understand and reviewed by community members as part of the Standard 2: Partnering with Consumers.
A great example is what Link Health and Community has introduced. Their publications or information are reviewed and approved by consumer members. They also have a vital role in producing their quarterly magazine to ensure that it is in a format that is suitable for community members.
This option would be more cost effective as well as Council consulting and engaging with the community. Hiring a communications expert would only assist short time and will not cater to the changing diversity and demographics of the community. Community members are the experts! They are the ones that will read the information provided to them!
Council could commence a long term transparent Information Reference or Working Group and consider these points:
Diverse community members should have input in reviewing information or plans to ensure all are catered for
Run informal meetings monthly or what members prefer to review items and ensure there are no barriers for members of the group to attend and participate
Members to have input on the planning and delivery of information to the public
A community engagement officer to facilitate the meetings and take notes or record of discussions, but members should have authority over the decision making
Councillors should be invited to the group to listen and seek advice, not as members of the group, as this will ensure community members will have unbiased feedback and authority over discussions and decisions
Members to decide on guidelines that are suitable for the committee and reviewing information
Supporters of ‘Green Monash’ – a community plan to have green and open space on Central car park – have worked hard to prepare a submission to Council. In particular thank you to Dianne, Julie, Murray and Virginia for your efforts – without you this submission would not be ready to publish.
WE NOW NEED YOUR FEEDBACK AND SUPPORT
The Glen Waverley Activity Centre Structure Plan allows for 10+ storey development on Central Car Park (between Springvale Road and Kingsway). Our submission (attached below) promotes a green and open space for the community. Essential to the submission is community involvement in the development of the open area. Changes may still be made to this submission as community feedback is received. All people adding their names in support will be notified before an updated report is submitted to Council in August 2015.
OTHER COUNCILS CAN DO IT
Stonnington Council are building a multi-level underground car park with green space on top in Cato Street. See: http://www.stonnington.vic.gov.au/news-and-information/whats-new/open-space/ This could be the very solution for Glen Waverley! Parking, more sustainable cycling and pedestrian options and a healthier more social community due to the provision of a sustainable, open space.
A Library is one of the developments proposed on the Central Car Park. Our proposal points out how well served Glen Waverley is by the current library service with easy access to Glen Waverley, Mount Waverley and Wheelers Hill Libraries. In the meantime the people of Mulgrave have a room in their Neighbourhood House for their Library. EM&U stands for Inclusivity and views the need of the people of Mulgrave to be greater than the need in Glen Waverley. In fact, the people of Glen Waverley love their current library!
SUPPORT THIS SUBMISSION BY ADDING YOUR NAME AND
ADDRESS (see below for details)
People are already sending in their name, address, and email to be added to the submission (see p 2 below) – send yours to EMonashU@gmail.com stating you want your name added to this submission.
OUR SUBMISSION – PLEASE READ!
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