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Facilitating contested issues on the urban rural interface

Facilitating contested issues on the urban rural interface

Many communities located on the fringe of major cities are experiencing increased community conflict brought about by encroaching urban development and the resulting changes posed to traditional land-use patterns, land values, and the natural environment. Future management planning in these areas is typically contested, with disagreement over what is best. Read more …

Facilitating advisory groups for a city council

Facilitating advisory groups for a city council

Convening an advisory group is the first reaction of many Councils to any new issue or project.  Bayside City Council, having just completed a municipal wide community plan ‘Our City, Our Future’ wished to align their advisory groups with the key elements of the new community plan. The Challenge Council. Read more …

Willows, floods and engaging with outrage

Willows, floods and engaging with outrage

There was widespread flooding in north eastern Victoria in the 2010/11 summer and landowners believed that the flooding was made worse in places by the removal of willows by the CMA. A pubic outcry ensured in the early months of 2011. Willows have been used for generation of farmers in. Read more …

Community Planning: municipal wide plan

Community Planning: municipal wide plan

The Situation Community Planning is an important but relatively recent undertaking for many local governments in Victoria. Developing a Community Plan that is reflective of community issues and aspirations involves a process of genuine engagement with the community in order to gain knowledge and seek feedback. In 2008, the Shire. Read more …