Participedia entry regarding the “Hepburn Shire Council Plan” engagement project.
Problems and Purpose
In 2013, Hepburn Shire council in the state of Victoria embarked on a community engagement process to help create the council’s four year strategic plan. Entitled ’what’s the big idea?’, the process centred around OurSay, an online community engagement platform. This was complemented by a series of community workshops. Community members were encouraged to put forward their ideas for the plan on the platform, and others vote for their favourite ideas online. The top ten ideas were then discussed in a face-to-face workshop.
The council’s aim was to change the planning process, increase community engagement and participation and ‘to create a planning process that would resonate with the community, as well as with councillors and staff’ (Vittori, n.d.).