District Advisory Committees were established by Council in February 2016 to support the delivery of the four year district plans which provide priorities and actions to realise the vision for Wyndham 2040.
Developing a place based community governance model was a key component of the implementation of the Wyndham 2040 Community Plan. Council approved the district committee governance model in August 2015 and adopted the Terms of Reference with endorsed members at the Ordinary Council Meeting on 22 February 2016.
Wyndham has a long history of leading the way in community planning. First developed in 1997 as a vision for Wyndham in 2015, the Quality Community Plan lays out community aspirations and priorities for a better Wyndham. The last update of the Quality Community Plan was in 2007. Many of the 2015 and 2018 milestones have been met.
In 2015 the Quality Community Plan was updated through the Wyndham 2040 project with a new approach to community planning. This approach was locally-focused, strengths-based and community-driven and resulted in a new 2040 vision for the whole of Wyndham, with complimenting district plans that identified actions that Council and community would take over a four-year timeframe.
The Wyndham 2040 Community Plan is made up of the Wyndham 2040 Vision and four local area district plans (Wyndham East, Wyndham West, Wyndham Central and Wyndham Rural) for smaller areas within Wyndham. These documents were endorsed by Council at Ordinary Council Meeting on 22 February 2016.
Aim of the District Advisory Committees
- Provide advice and input to help ensure that the goals and actions in District Plans reflect the priority needs and aspirations of the communities in that district;
- Receive reports on the progress of District Plans and contribute to the development of new District Plans; and
- Facilitate communication between Council and broader district communities in relation to District Plans.
Why are District Advisory Committees important?
Communities are complex places with lots of different influences and factors shaping our present and future realities. Everyone in our community have important roles to play in working together to make our future reality one that matches our collective strengths and aspirations.
District Advisory Committees are a way of bringing community members together to actively work in ongoing partnership with Council. They will build understanding between different stakeholders and decision-makers to work towards the communities’ goals and vision for Wyndham in the year 2040.
Nomination Process & Commitment
Members of the public from across the municipality were invited to apply to sit on the District Advisory Committee for their region. Shortlisted applicants participated in group assessment activities and individual interviews. Their personal passions, skills, and experience were considered, along with ensuring a diverse representation of gender, age, professional focus, cultural background, and household suburb.
Council formally endorsed the nominations of 45 individual community members across the four Committees. They will serve a two-year voluntary term, as civic champions—articulating localised priorities from their District to local government decision makers, and sharing Council messages with communities. Committee members contribute their time and energy on a voluntary basis and do not hold a political office.
The term for these committees is for two years from early 2018. Each committee will attend two official meetings per year, plan and organise community engagement opportunities in their respective districts and present their findings to Councillors and Senior Council staff.
Other ways to participate including learning opportunities, networking events and occasional consultation will be communicated during the year. These meetings and events will be held outside usual business hours and reimbursement for transport or childcare will be available in line with existing policy and guidelines.