City of Greater Bendigo Community Panel

Imagine Greater Bendigo 30 years from now, what do you see?

Interested in being part of the future? Read more and sign up here!


Come and join our community panel

The City of Greater Bendigo invites you to be part of a community panel to help shape our new Community Vision and Council Plan. The panel’s recommendations will also be used to develop a new Financial Plan, Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan, and Asset Plan.

This is your opportunity to shape our community’s future and guide the work of Council over the coming years. Council is committed to considering the panel’s recommendations.

Why should I participate?

We all want to live in a community where we can enjoy the best possible quality of life. We all have different ideas on what we need to do this, so this is your time to imagine a Greater Bendigo that has everything you, your family, friends and community need to succeed, be well and happy.

Panel members will work together to develop an agreed view on how Greater Bendigo should grow and change in the years to come while ensuring that Council invests its money in projects and services that are important to you and support your overall wellbeing.


When will the community panel meet?

Session 1 on Friday 14 May 5pm – 7pm

Session 2 on Saturday 15 May 9am – 4pm

Session 3 on Sunday 16 May 9am – 4pm

Who can be involved?

We’re looking for 50 people aged 18 years and over to put up their hand. You or anyone in your household over the age of 18 can register to be part of the panel. Elected Councillors and staff members at the City of Greater Bendigo are not eligible to participate.

Participants will receive an honorarium payment of $100 at the end of the process in recognition of their time and commitment. A location where the panel will meet is to be confirmed. Panel meetings will be conducted in a COVID-safe way, in line with the restrictions of the day. Meals and refreshments will be provided at these meetings.


What will the community panel do?

The panel will be asked to consider feedback received in earlier consultation and use this to help create a Community Vision, a statement that will sum up our community’s goals for the future and how Bendigo should grow and develop. The panel will also be asked to weigh up different community issues and trade-offs, and prioritise how Council can address them.

Panel meetings will not be like a typical ‘public meeting’ where loud voices dominate. The panel will be independently facilitated and will be a genuine, open process where your voice will be valued and heard. Panel members will participate in a series of discussions and activities to create our shared Community Vision. 

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”