Please note feedback on this consultation closed Sunday 25 April 2021 at 11:59pm.


Dear Community,

We, the 2040 Community Panel, wish to share our vision with you.

We welcome all, and acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land, the Wurunjeri people of the Kulin Nation, and all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and Elders, past, present and emerging. Throughout the process of creating the Vision, this has been our constant consideration.

This Vision was created in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has highlighted to all of us the importance of our local environment and community.

As a small group we were selected to represent the diversity of Whitehorse. We have learnt the importance of a united community and recognise that through collaboration and teamwork, together we have the power to shape our future.

We invite everyone to embrace the Vision and its themes and priorities.

We thank the community and all its participants for entrusting us with this responsibility.

 

The 2040 Whitehorse Community Panel


Our Whitehorse 2040 Community Vision 

Whitehorse is a resilient community where everyone belongs.

We are active citizens who value our natural environment, history and diversity.

We embrace sustainability and innovation. 

We are dynamic. We learn, grow and thrive.


Your community panel representatives have worked hard over the last few months to develop the draft Whitehorse 2040 Community Vision.

The draft vision statement is accompanied by 7 themes:

  • Diverse and Inclusive Community
  • Movement and Public Spaces
  • Innovation and Creativity
  • Employment, Education and Skill Development
  • Sustainable Climate and Environmental Care
  • Whitehorse is an Empowered Collaborative Community
  • Health and Wellbeing

The process for developing the Community Vision was vigorous.  The broad community engagement program was undertaken from 2 July to 13 December 2020 and worked to inform the panel and the final Vision.

The aim was to gather views from a broad cross-section of the Whitehorse community – those that live, work, study, run a business or visit the City of Whitehorse – to understand what they love about Whitehorse and how they would like their community to be in the future.

From July to September 2020, engagement activities were limited to online activities and paper-based mail outs due to COVID-19 restrictions.

During November and December 2020 some place-based, face-to-face activities were also conducted. This included place-based pop-up engagement activities at Box Hill Central, Box Hill Gardens, Brentford Square, Burwood Brickworks and Whitehorse Farmers Market in Nunawading.

The engagement activities successfully reached 1,670 participants. The community feedback was collated and analysed and 12 themes for the future were identified.

From here a panel of 50 community members were selected at random to answer the remit:

Imagine Whitehorse in 20 years’ time. What do you hope our community will look like, and what do we need to prioritise to get there?

The panel has worked extremely hard over the past seven and a half weeks. They have met in person 4 times and spent many hours hearing your feedback, learning, deliberating and writing to get here.  Now we want to hear from you.

Please note in order to most effectively compile and action your feedback, submissions will only be received via this channel. Emails and handwritten submissions will not be accepted as formal feedback or taken into consideration. Should you need assistance in filling out this form online please contact Renee Andresson on 0415 458 742 or renee.andresson@whitehorse.vic.gov.au.

Following public exhibition of the draft Community Vision, Council will be presented with community feedback and the draft vision for consideration and to finalise the Community Vision.

The final Whitehorse 2040 Community Vision will come into effect once endorsed by Council in mid-2021. It will guide and influence all of Whitehorse City Council’s planning and strategies for the municipality over the next 20 years. Shared decision-making and effective working partnerships with government, non-government organisations, businesses and our community will be critical its success.

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