Council meetings to go local in 2022

Sean Car

The City of Melbourne is bringing Town Hall to its people in 2022 by hosting monthly Future Melbourne Committee (FMC) meetings in a different neighbourhood throughout the course of the year.

For the first time in its history, the council will take one of its regular Tuesday meetings each month to locals in an effort to bring democracy closer to those it represents. Each meeting will have a locally focused agenda tailored to the area in which the meeting is being held.

The second FMC meeting of each month will be held in 10 different locations from February to November, with the council releasing its schedule this month.

The first meeting outside of Town Hall will be staged in Carlton at Melbourne Connect on February 22, while West Melbourne will host the second meeting on March 15 at the West Melbourne Baptist Community Centre.

April 12 will see the Parkville community play host to the next meeting at the Treacy Centre, while North Melbourne and Kensington will host on June 14 at the Meat Market, and on October 18 at Kensington Town Hall, respectively.

 

“Community is at the heart of everything we do – and we can’t wait to bring our democratic process to neighbourhoods across the City of Melbourne,” Lord Mayor Sally Capp said.

 

“While the pandemic paused our plans to host meetings beyond Town Hall this year, we’re looking forward to talking about the things that matter most to people, closer to home.”

The full schedule of local meetings is as follows:

  • February 15: Carlton – Melbourne Connect
  • March 15: West Melbourne – West Melbourne Baptist Community Centre
  • April 12: Parkville – Treacy Centre
  • May 17: Docklands – The Hub @ Docklands
  • June 14: North Melbourne – Meat Market
  • July 19: South Yarra – Venue TBC
  • August 16: East Melbourne – Pullman on Park
  • September 20: Fisherman’s Bend – Yarra’s Edge
  • October 18: Kensington – Kensington Town Hall
  • November 22: Southbank – Clifton Freshwater Place

Locations for the meetings have been determined based on availability of a suitable venue, with a later start time of 6pm set to allow for a greater attendance •

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