The Victorian Government committed to consult the Geelong community about its local governance arrangements following the dismissal of the Greater Geelong City Council in April 2016.
citizens' jury of 100 Geelong residents has been formed to recommend to the
Minister for Local Government, the Hon Natalie Hutchins MP, how the Geelong
community will be democratically represented by a future council.
The jury can make two types of recommendations:
- A practical recommendation that reflects a council structure compliant with the Victorian local government legislative framework
- An aspirational recommendation about how local democracy can be improved in Greater Geelong that might not be compliant with the Victorian local government legislative framework.
The practical recommendation reflects an electoral structure for the City of Greater Geelong, which has a clear scope:
- how the Mayor is elected
- whether Geelong needs a Deputy Mayor - and if so, how the Deputy should be elected
- how many councillors there should be
- what the best representative structure looks like - whether the municipality should be unsubdivided, or divided into wards
- if wards are preferred, whether they should be single or multi-member
The Geelong citizens' jury process has been designed and is overseen by the newDemocracy Foundation, a non-partisan and independent organisation.
randomly selected the 100-member jury from 15,000 Geelong residents who were
invited to register their interest to be a jury member. Key stakeholders
and interest groups as well as all members of the Geelong community have the
opportunity to have their say in person and online, and have those views
considered by the jury. This will ensure the jury is fully informed
about all views and perspectives when it deliberates.
will run from August until the end of November 2016.
- On 3 August, briefings were held in Geelong for key stakeholders and interest groups to hear about the process, put forward their views and nominate to present to the jury.
- On 11 August, invitations were issued to 15,000 randomly-selected residents to register their interest to be selected for the jury.
September / October
- Broad community engagement conducted
around some democratic representation options for Geelong in a background
paper. The community is providing their views through a series of
interactive local events and online consultation.
October and November
- The randomly-selected
100-member citizens' jury will meet and deliberate over three Saturdays in
late October and November.
- Jury members will consider
the background paper, stakeholder submissions and survey responses, the
community's feedback and hear from expert witnesses of their choosing and
nominated key stakeholders from the briefing session in August.
- The jury will provide its
report to the Minister for Local Government in November.
- Government response to jury report.
by the Minister for Local Government, The Hon. Natalie Hutchins MP on 12 July,
the Geelong Citizens' Jury is overseen by the independent not-for-profit
organisation newDemocracy Foundation The jury will recommend how Greater Geelong
will be democratically represented by a future council.
Engaging the community
Greater Geelong community has been closely engaged and invited to contribute
submissions, thoughts and ideas before 24 October for consideration by the jury
in late October / November.
a number of ways for the community to let the jury know what they think and
what they want for a future council:
Democracy Geelong survey. For those who couldn't vote online, hard copy surveys were available
at council's main customer service centre on Brougham Street or at one of the
at the Geelong Citizens' Jury website, using the submission template or any other
format, like videos, artwork, drawings, poems. The entry judged to be the most
creative and innovative by the community will receive a 2017 Season Pass to the
Performing Arts Centre.
3. Community workshops in October.
will consider all ideas, thoughts and opinions from the community.
newDemocray - Process Design for
Local Government Victoria [PDF File - 244.5 KB]
Note: Page 8 has been amended in response to feedback from the Greater
Geelong community during the announcement event on 12 July 2016 and stakeholder
GET INVOLVED & HAVE YOUR SAY
FAQs Geelong Citizens Jury [MS Word Document - 145.0 KB]
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