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How do you ‘Imagine Cardinia’? Join hundreds of voices and have your say!

Published: 4 December 2020

Almost 800 contributions have been made to Council’s ‘Imagine Cardinia’ community engagement project to gather information that will help shape the future of our community.

Join in by participating in the surveys today at www.cardinia.vic.gov.au/imaginecardinia 

6,000 households were also randomly selected to represent our community and received an email invite or a paper form in the mail. If you were selected, please complete the survey through your email/mail invite. If not, we encourage you to participate through www.cardinia.vic.gov.au/imaginecardinia  

Cardinia Shire Council is developing plans to guide Council’s strategic direction over the coming years and this is your chance to get involved, have your say and make a difference. 

Council is seeking input on: 

  • Council Plan 2021-25 
  • Community Vision 2040  
  • Financial Plan 2021-31 
  • Council Budget 2021-25 

Your feedback will help develop plans that reflect community expectations. 

Cardinia Shire Council Mayor Councillor Brett Owen said an important principle of the Local Government Act 2020 is strategic planning, and Council welcomes the opportunity to work closely with the community throughout the development of these plans.  

“Community input is definitely needed to help us develop integrated, long-term, effective and transparent plans.  

“We want to make sure these plans meet the needs and reflect the expectations of our community and guide strategic planning and decision making for the future of our shire.   

“I strongly encourage everyone to get involved to inform the development of these important plans to help guide the future of Cardinia Shire – let’s Imagine Cardinia!” said Cr Owen. 

You can provide input in a number of ways, including:  

  • Online survey 
  • Hardcopy survey (being sent to a representative selection of households) 
  • Postcard survey 
  • Online priorities activity  
  • People’s Panel 

These plans are being developed in line with the requirements of the Local Government Act 2020. 

Council is offering a range of online feedback tools, and two online information sessions for residents seeking further details (Monday 7 December at 11am and Wednesday 16 December at 7.30pm). 

The current round of consultation closes on 23 December 2020. 

Further opportunities for community input and feedback will be available throughout the plans’ development, and it is expected the plans will be considered for adoption by Council in June 2021.  

Council is also calling for expressions of interest for community members to join the ‘Imagine Cardinia’ People’s Panel. We are calling upon everyday community members to imagine a Cardinia that meets the growing and changing needs of our community while addressing our future financial challenges.  

The Imagine Cardinia People’s Panel will come together for collaborative workshops and online webinars to further help guide the development of the four plans.   

For more information please visit www.cardinia.vic.gov.au/imaginecardinia 

If you have any feedback or questions regarding the development of these draft plans, please contact us on 1300 787 624 or mail@cardinia.vic.gov.au