City of Melbourne has launched new interactive portals as part of its Neighbourhood Model – to connect locals with Council projects. 

The online, interactive portals will feature the latest neighbourhood news and information and connect community members with Council through dedicated Neighbourhood Partners. 

The new place-based approach is designed to help Council connect with, understand, and respond to unique communities across the municipality. 

The model is a leading initiative of the Neighbourhood Model and will ensure a continuous cycle of community engagement, where local knowledge and priorities are translated into action, investment and advocacy.

The CBD and Kensington portals will go live first, with more set to launch later in 2022 for Carlton, North Melbourne, West Melbourne, East Melbourne, Parkville, Docklands, Southbank and South Yarra.

The portals will feature:

  • An overview of each neighbourhood, including facts and figures about the area
  • An acknowledgement of Traditional Owners and Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung places of significance with an interactive map
  • A list of local priorities, community feedback and Council plans in action
  • Community news
  • Neighbourhood stories from the locals

City of Melbourne  Lord Mayor, Sally Capp said the Council was proud to future enhance connections within the communities. 

“The neighbourhoods in the City of Melbourne are unique, each with their own identity, priorities and aspirations,” Lord Mayor Capp said.

“That’s why we’ve implemented a place-based neighbourhood approach to better understand the individual needs and ideas of people across our vibrant municipality.

“We look forward to working closely with Melburnians through our Neighbourhood Partners to bring their needs and ideas into fruition.”

Health, Wellbeing and Belonging portfolio lead Councillor, Dr Olivia Ball, said the Council was committed to “supporting our diverse communities and working alongside them to understand and act on their priorities.

“Our new Connected Neighbourhoods grant program will support locals to take action, lead change and create positive connections to benefit the whole community.”

To better-support community priorities, Council is also launching a new Connected Neighbourhoods program, which will offer grants of up to $2,000 to bring ideas that benefit the local area to life. Applications open on 1 July.

 

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