Community members will have the chance to chat face-to-face with City of Greater Geelong councillors on Tuesday 13 March, when the Community Focus Committee meets at the Barrabool Hills Baptist Centre in Highton.
Following positive feedback from the new committee’s first meeting in Leopold last month, the format has been expanded to allow even more two-way discussion.
Tuesday night’s gathering will begin with 30 minutes of informal meet and greet time with councillors from 6.30pm, before the meeting kicks off at 7pm.
The community will then have at least 45 minutes to ask questions and make submissions before agenda items are discussed.
The initiative is part of a concerted effort by councillors to be consultative and listen to community views on important topics.
Priority will be given to questions submitted in writing by 12 noon the day before the meeting. This can be done online.
The Community Focus Committee will meet monthly at various locations around Greater Geelong.
Mayor Bruce Harwood:
We want to create an informal environment for the Community Focus Committee where everyone feels welcome and comfortable to approach us with their issues and concerns.
Meeting members of the community and hearing what you’ve got to say is the best way for us to make decisions that reflect public views.
There is a huge workload of issues right across the region, and the councillors are making the effort to address them and focus on good community outcomes.
We’re looking forward to some really positive and productive discussion.