Baw Baw Community Panel

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Our community panel

Baw Baw Shire Council would like to bring together a community panel of 40 people from across the shire to contribute to a Community Vision for our future.

The panel will be independently recruited in a random-selection process to ensure there is a diverse cross-section of people involved. Together, you will discuss the community’s goals and ideas.

The panel’s recommendations will be compiled to create a draft Community Vision, which will also influence the Council Plan and 10 year Financial Plan. These documents will be made available to the community for feedback.

How does it work?

This is a ‘deliberative’ community engagement process, which means the panel will:

  • Discuss the issues, challenges and opportunities in depth
  • Hear what the broader community thinks Baw Baw Shire should be like in the future
  • Consider a wider range of information and hear from expert speakers

    Expert independent facilitators from Spark Strategy will support community panel members with different viewpoints to work togetherrespectfully andtoreachasharedpositiononthe future of Baw Baw Shire. It will not be an open public meeting format where loud voices can sometimes dominate. Everyone on the panel will have their chance to be heard.

When will it be meeting?

The panel will meet on five occasions and members are requested to attend all meetings.

Workshop 1: Monday 19 April, 7-9pm (online)

Workshop 2: Thursday, 22 April, 7-9pm (online)

Workshop 3: Tuesday 27 April, 7-9pm (online)

Workshop 4: Saturday 1 May, 10–4pm (in person)

Workshop 5: Thursday 17 June, 7-9pm (online, optional)

Meals and beverages will be provided at the face-to-face meeting and panel members who attend all sessions will receive an honorarium of $350 in recognition of their time and commitment to being part of this process.

Support will be provided to enable all members of the panel to participate. This could include things like Auslan interpreters, wheelchair access and online practice sessions.


Want to know more?

Contact Daren McDonald on 0472 761 324 or email

We seek to build the capabilities of government, business and civil society to realise the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal 16 to:

“Ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels” and

“Develop effective, accountable and transparent institutions at all levels”