Community Summit

We invite local volunteers, those interested in volunteering and volunteer organisations to come along to:

  • learn more about the current health and social priorities in Cardinia Shire
  • help to develop new projects and initiatives for our local community.

The day will allow time to connect with fellow volunteers, network and discuss information about potential funding sources.

Let’s work together to make a positive impact on our local community! 

Saturday 16 March 2019
9.30am to 12.30pm
Cardinia Cultural Centre
40 Lakeside Boulevard, Pakenham

Registration information and tickets

In October 2017 we hosted the first Community Summit. 110 community members from over 60 local groups and organisations attended over 2 days. 

The aim of the event was to encourage community members and groups to work together to create new community-focused initiatives and further develop existing ones. 

During the event, 21 new community projects were created. All projects align with the 7 social and health priorities in our Liveability Plan.

Top 3 Project Outcomes

  • The Connected Seniors Project - Seven information sessions hosted at both Pakenham and Emerald Library’s educating seniors on digital literacy, My Aged Care workshops and scamming for seniors.  The redistribution of excess book stock (600) to local community groups and organisations.
  • Sudanese Homework Club - St James Anglican Church in conjunction with Beaconhills College coordinate a homework club for Sudanese youth every Tuesday from 3.30-4.30pm.
  • Cardinia Combined Residents Group - Consisting of Timbertop, Heritage Springs, Lakeside and Cardinia Lakes residents groups, they meet bi monthly to discuss learnings, collaborate, share ideas and build relationships. This group has also expressed an interested in potential ‘mentorship’ for newly established residents groups.  

Top 3 Overall Outcomes

  • Partnerships - Potential partnership with a not-for-profit organisation to establish a social enterprise café with Cardinia Shire.
  • Collaboration - Increased partnership and collaboration with organisations such as the Casey Cardinia Library Corporation leading to wider opportunities for local groups and individuals to access bookable spaces for their projects and events.
  • Community Understanding and Interest - An increase in understanding between community organisations leading to strong relationships and collaborations. Also a noticeable surge in the general community’s passion, enthusiasm and desire to assist people in need.

Read the Community Summit 2017 Evaluation and Summary Report

Contact Council’s Community Planner on 1300 787 624