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Saturday, May 28, 2022

Residents of Hobsons Bay invited to have their say

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The Hobsons Bay council selected several ideas for the community, allowing residents to vote for the one they would like to see move forward and materialise.

Ideas and proposals were received from community groups, residents, organisations and businesses from October 2021 to February 2022.

Thirteen community-driven ideas were selected as part of the Council’s 2022/23 Community Pitch. Residents can now vote on which one they like best, which also gets them entered into a raffle to win one of three $50 coupons to use at any Hobsons Bay store.

The shortlisted ideas range from reducing Hobsons Bay Toy Library membership fees for families who experienced financial hardship during the pandemic, hosting a Hobsons Bay Volunteer Expo and holding a ‘diversity potluck’ to celebrate the variety of cultures in the municipality.

Residents can vote online via the Participate Hobsons Bay website, where they will be given three points and can choose to vote for one, two, or three ideas but cannot use all three points for one idea.

Funding of up to $50,000 is available for the highest rated ideas.

Mayor of Hobsons Bay Peter Hemphill thanked the community for pitching such a diverse range of ideas.

“The thirteen successful pitches which progressed to vote stage all demonstrated a theme of reconnecting with the community as we recover from COVID-19 or focused on the environment,” he said.

“Council officers have assessed each application against the selection criteria and are committed to delivering the projects with the highest number of votes.”

On top of that, a number of community submissions have been modified slightly and will be established through council’s day to day operations, such as developing indigenous signage that acknowledges the Bunurong Peoples of the Kulin Nation as the traditional owners of the lands, rivers and coastal areas in Hobsons Bay.

Voting will close on May 1 2022.

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