Community

Background

The City of Melbourne has a diverse population of ages, ethnicities, abilities and interests. This diversity is a strength which enriches our community, and which Government has a responsibility to promote and to adequately support through well designed community services and infrastructure.

 

Principles

  1. Community services provided by the City of Melbourne must be broad, and targeted demographically, to remain appropriate to the needs of its diverse population.
  2. A sustainable approach to community services acknowledges Melbourne’s forecast population growth, and accepts that capital investment in community services is required now to enable the City to meet its obligations to future generations.
  3. All Governments must take a holistic approach to health and wellbeing.
  4. Members of the Kulin Nation have a strong cultural and spiritual connection with the area now known as the City of Melbourne, and their rights as traditional custodians of the land must be respected.
  5. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples must be partners in the development and implementation of public policies, programs and services that affect them.
  6. The City of Melbourne’s communities are richer for understanding and acknowledging the history and cultures of Aboriginal Melbourne.
  7. Multiculturalism is a great strength of Melbourne, and the City of Melbourne has an important role in welcoming and supporting new communities whilst continuing to recognise the heritage and cultures of established migrant communities.
  8. People who are homeless have the right to be treated with respect and understanding, and government has a responsibility to care for homeless persons whilst providing sustainable pathways out of homelessness.
  9. Council policies for ageing residents should be focused at all times on the principles of ‘healthy ageing’.
  10. Government has a responsibility to address the root causes of anti-social behaviour and not just its symptoms.
  11. The diverse use of public spaces, particularly at night time, fosters community, improves safety and should be encouraged.
  12. Government has a responsibility to address gambling addiction, which is a particular cause of suffering in the City of Melbourne.

 

Aims

Aboriginal Melbourne

  1. Ensure a whole-of-administration approach to awareness and understanding of Aboriginal issues through comprehensive Reconciliation Action Plans, including training for all Councillors and staff.
  2. Establishment of regular formal meetings between the Council’s representatives and the Wurundjeri and Boonwurrung Traditional Owner groups.
  3. Collaborate with members and groups of the Kulin Nation to draft a treaty to be entered into by 2026.
  4. A high proportion of local Aboriginal names chosen for new public spaces created by Council.
  5. Respectful public recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their relationship to the land at all Council events and Council-sponsored events.
  6. Increase the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people employed by the City of Melbourne.
  7. Improve the management and maintenance of Aboriginal heritage places across the municipality, including through stronger coordination with the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Register and a more systematic approach to the acknowledgement of previously unrecorded or unknown sites.
  8. Improve all Melburnians’ knowledge and understanding of Melbourne’s rich Aboriginal heritage including through accessible arts projects, interpretational signage and better resourced online communications.
  9. Ensure Aboriginal Heritage at the Queen Victoria Market site is fully respected and integrated into the market renewal project.

A City for people of all ages and abilities 

  1. Support and promote healthy ageing, independence, and social inclusion for older people.
  2. Provide aged-care services that are appropriate to the diverse needs of the aged community, and to their cultural and linguistic background.
  3. Respectfully working with homeless people to develop strategies to ensure that no one sleeps in Melbourne without shelter.
  4. Making Melbourne’s public realm more accessible and welcoming for people with disabilities.
  5. Promote disability access awareness among businesses and community stakeholders.
  6. Ensuring young people have access to public spaces where they can feel safe, welcome, and engaged, particularly in the CBD.
  7. Ensuring that residents of the City of Melbourne are provided with affordable, quality child-care places, including long-day, occasional and other flexible care.
  8. Work with local businesses to encourage new or expanded workplace childcare programs.
  9. Improving the basic safety, amenity, and privacy of boarding and rooming houses.
  10. Work with international students to identify and support their wellbeing needs.
  11. Work with the State Government to ensure adequate provision of new Government Schools for future populations, particularly in North Melbourne and Docklands.
  12. Advocate on behalf of residential renters in the City of Melbourne for legislation that requires rental properties to provide a minimum level of amenity and security of tenure.

Programs to promote and support community 

  1. Maintain and promote a register of government-owned properties suitable for leasing to local community service providers at a very low rate.
  2. Better integration of the City’s social enterprises into Council’s community service plans.
  3. Providing all residents with easy access to book borrowing services, public computers, and the internet.
  4. Greater community interaction through the programming of Melbourne’s public spaces, particularly at night.
  5. Ensure that sporting clubs and other associations and groups using Council facilities or resources develop social inclusion strategies.
  6. Ensuring that no venue lockouts are introduced inside the City, which prides itself on its nightlife.
  7. Seek a restoration of funding for local services where reduced by State and Federal Governments.

Community Health and Wellbeing

  1. Implementing environmental design strategies for public spaces that foster crime prevention through improved visibility, lighting and safe pedestrian movement.
  2. Improve the safety and lighting of taxi ranks.
  3. Work with the State and Commonwealth governments to develop programs to further the protection of women and children from domestic violence.
  4. Promote and support violence prevention programs that target high risk groups.
  5. Create more free fitness opportunities including Green Gyms in outdoor spaces.
  6. Regular and formal dialogue between the City of Melbourne, State Government, Consumer Affairs Victoria, Victoria Police, and stakeholders including bar-owners and relevant groups of local residents, to regularly and consistently cooperate on safety policies.
  7. Minimising the number of permits granted to oversized licensed venues in areas with a history of alcohol-induced violence.
  8. Reducing the number of electronic gaming machines inside the City of Melbourne.
  9. Creating a community-driven strategy for the planning of licensed venue locations and license conditions to provide existing and prospective liquor licensees with clarity of expectations.
  10. Work closely with public housing communities and the State Government to develop specific strategies to address safety concerns of public housing tenants.
  11. Seek to disallow existing electronic gaming machine permits from being transferred from existing venues to new venues within the City, allowing instead for permits to be lost through attrition.
  12. Work with the State Government in rolling out smoke free outdoor dining laws.

New Communities

  1. Continue to support new communities through programs which focus on employment, leadership, the empowerment of women and connection to place.
  2. Continually review community, business and precinct grant programs to ensure Melbourne’s migrant communities are fairly supported and celebrated.
  3. Improve the way Council considers the needs and desires of our diverse communities when planning new public spaces.
  4. Actively welcome refugees to our community.