Springdale Messenger – 1 Feb 2021 – Cr Jim Mason
It’s extremely important that a Council engages effectively with its community.
Whether it’s an upgrade to the playground around the corner or a region-wide strategy about a major issue such as climate change response, the City of Greater Geelong will almost always have at least one piece of work in progress that is relevant to you as a resident.
Councillors and the City as an organisation are working hard to communicate as well as we can about opportunities to have your say on these types of projects.
We use a wide range of channels – including of course, this column – which we are very grateful to be given the chance to submit each issue.
The ‘Have Your Say’ page is the main place to provide feedback on current City of Greater Geelong projects. It’s at yoursay.geelongaustralia.com.au – worth bookmarking!
Major projects will generally also include community workshops where you can have your say in person, rather than online.
There’s also a fantastic smartphone app available, which you’ll find by searching for ‘Geelong City’ in the Apple App store or on Google Play.
It allows you to quickly report fire hazards, vandalism, roads in need of repair and all manner of other issues.
Council meeting minutes and agendas are at www.geelongaustralia.com.au/meetings, while all current planning applications can be found at www.geelongaustralia.com.au/planning.
The Council continues to be challenged by complex planning decisions as we seek to manage population growth in a sustainable manner.
Recently we recommended to VCAT that they knock back an application for a 34-lot subdivision at 5-17 Oakden Road in Drysdale.
The local community is clearly very concerned about the impact this plan would have on the character of the town, and the Planning Committee’s decision reflected the feedback we received.
For those interested in the final outcome, the VCAT hearing will be on 23-24 June.