Community Voice is a non-political, grass-roots movement for local people to support democratic renewal in Hepburn Shire.

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    About Community Voice

    When the results of the 2020 Local Government Community Satisfaction Survey came out in June, it confirmed what many Hepburn Shire residents had felt for some time.

    Council wasn’t listening.

    According to the survey “Perceptions of Hepburn Shire Council’s overall performance (fell) to an all time low in 2020. This is reflected in most service areas, where performance ratings have declined significantly over the past year. 

    Performance is significantly lower by the widest margin (in) Community Decisions and Consultation & Engagement” 

    Community Voice was born out of this frustration at the lack of genuine consultation and council’s failure to listen to local people on matters of public interest.

    The focus of Community Voice is to hold Hepburn Shire Council accountable to the concerns and aspirations of the community by:

    • Being a conduit between the Hepburn Shire community and its Council, to help build a highly valued and collaborative relationship
    • Working towards better models of communication, consultation and decision making, to give every resident the chance to participate, and
    • Supporting candidates at the next election who will work to improve community engagement and participation.

    More than ever, in these complex and challenging times we need a true participatory democracy to build a healthier, more resilient community in the Hepburn Shire.

    Community Voice News

    Media release 13 August 2020

    New group aims to give voice to the Hepburn Shire community

    The launch of Community Voice on Thursday 13 August marks a new era of community democracy in Hepburn Shire.

    Community Voice is a non-political grassroots movement that aims to shift the process of local government in Hepburn Shire towards participatory democracy by encouraging continual community participation.

    When the results of the 2020 Local Government Community Satisfaction Survey came out in June 2020, it only confirmed what many members of the Hepburn Shire community had been feeling for some time.

    Council wasn’t listening. Read more

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