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Conversations with Council

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Join the conversation about what is happening in your community at one of Council's regular pop-up conversation posts being held across the Shire in 2018. 



In early 2018, Council unanimously agreed to develop a regular calendar of conversation posts to give community members a chance to speak directly with Councillors and senior Council staff at a convenient time and place.

Conversation posts are an informal way for community members to connect with directly with Council. We have been hosting conversation posts at community events and public spaces across the Shire since 2016, and have engaged with over 1,000 community members during this time. Our new calendar of 'Council Conversation Posts' responds to feedback that community members would like to see Councillors and senior staff attending these posts more regularly. 

We will continue to hold additional project-based conversation posts as required. These will be advertised via Council's community events calendar, and each project's Have Your Say page.

Engagement Update

Engagement Update: 

Rokewood CFA Thank You Day (18 March 2018)

Council ran its first ‘Conversations with Council’ post in Rokewood at the CFA Thank You Day, aimed at promoting the upcoming Rokewood Community Plan.  40 community members engaged with Council at the Post, 25 of whom signed up to hear more about Community Planning. The post was hosted by the Mayor and four Councillors; the CEO; Director of Community Services; the Community Engagement Officer, and our Community Planning facilitator. 

Inverleigh Recreation Reserve (23 June 2018)

Council attended the Inverleigh vs. Bannockburn AFL match at Inverleigh Reserve. Approximately 50 community members attended the post to have a chat with Councillors and staff, including: the Mayor and three Councillors; our CEO and two Senior Managers; and Officers from our Planning, Works and Recreation departments. Councillors and staff enjoyed interacting with local community members, and receiving constructive feedback on a range of topics, including the draft Inverleigh Streetscape Masterplan and Inverleigh Structure Plan, rates, roads, community infrastructure, and female participation in sport. 

Bannockburn Country Plaza (1 August 2018)

Councillors and Senior Managers were out and about in the Bannockburn Country Plaza in August, and spoke with around 50 community members. 30 people participated in a new engagement opportunity, 'Community Conversation Around Local Health Services', which will be launched to the wider community later in August.

How you can be involved

How You Can Be Involved: 

All community members are welcome to attend the following upcoming conversation posts:

Saturday 15 September 2018, 9am - 1pm: 
Smythesdale Country Market, Smythesdale

Saturday 24 November  2018, 9am - 1pm: 
State Election, Napoleons Primary School


18 March, 11am - 3pm: Rokewood CFA Thank You Day

23 June, 12 - 3pm: Inverleigh Reserve

1 August 2 - 5pm: Bannockburn Country Plaza

15 September, 9am - 1pm: Smythesdale Country Market

24 November, 9am - 1pm: Napoleons Primary School (State Election Day)

Contact Information

Susan Firth-McCoy
Community Engagement Officer
5220 7111
Project Category: 
Community Development
Last Updated: 
Thursday, August 2, 2018
Project Status: 
Current Project
Council is hosting regular conversation posts across the Shire in 2018. Come along and speak directly with your Councillors about the issues that are important to you.

Sign up to the Community Engagement Register to stay informed about opportunities relevant to you:  Sign up 

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Council acknowledges the traditional Wadawurrung owners of this land. Council pays its respects to Wadawurrung Elders both past and present and extends that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People who are part of Golden Plains Shire.