Creating the plan

In 2016, City of Casey conducted its biggest
ever community engagement project, Casey Next.

Council wanted to gain a deeper insight into what the community needs and expects from Council, and is committed to ensuring that these insights will inform the priority areas to focus on over the next four years. Over a seven week period, participants contributed to the conversation either online, at local pop-up events, workshops, children’s activities and other engagement events. Council is excited to launch a Plan that re ects so many diverse views.

The Council Plan 2017-21 outlines Strategic Objectives that Council will work to achieve across many areas including the environment, infrastructure, the local economy, services, and community wellbeing. Each year, Council prepares an Annual Action Plan and progress on this plan is reported to the community every quarter. Following on from the success of the Council Plan 2013-2017 and continuing the sentiments outlined in the Casey C21 Long-Term Vision originally set in 2002, Council is working towards making the City of Casey Australia’s most liveable city. 

What would your recommendations be if you were given the opportunity to work with your Council to learn about and deliberate the future of your city?

In early 2017 City of Casey embarked on a journey with their community to collaborate on a big challenge facing council; a long-term funding challenge between what Council believes it should be delivering to fulfill the community’s Vision and what it can afford to deliver. Looking forward 10 years, Casey has predicted there could be a long-term cumulative funding shortfall for achieving the Vision of up to $170 million.

A common challenge for engagement is the lack of time and resources to communicate and share understanding between, and within, councils and communities. Standard engagement programs can struggle to reach a broad section of the community, and to allow time for community members to learn from each other as well as from Council officers. Due to the significant scale of the remit, both Councillors and Council officers wanted to conduct engagement that overcame these challenges, and worked collaboratively on a solution.
One of the best forms of collaborative process is deliberative engagement. Deliberative engagement involves creating a sample of the community, that represents its diversity, and working together on recommendations to address the remit.

This group of people were called Casey People’s Panel.