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Maroondah 2040: The journey so far...

We are now in stage 4 of the Maroondah 2040 Community Vision project

The Maroondah 2040 Community Vision was formally adopted on 23 June 2014.

Developing the vision has involved a number of stages and the input of thousands of people.

Thank you to everyone who has had their say about the future of Maroondah through this project. Your feedback, input and advice on how you want Maroondah to grow and evolve has been invaluable.

Stage 1: Where are we now?

Children enjoying the playground at Ringwood LakeIn March 2013, we commenced work on understanding where we are now as a community and what are the factors that will influence our future.

SGS Economics and Planning were commissioned to prepare a research report that focused on the themes of place, people, economy, environment and governance.

Findings from stage 1 can be found in the Maroondah 2040 Research Report, May 2013.

A range of factsheets from this research report were also developed to encourage community conversations about the future of Maroondah.


Stage 2: Where do we want to go?

We then launched the community engagement on the Maroondah 2040 Vision with a Future Forum attended by over 90 community and business leaders. Prominent Futurist Peter Ellyard led a facilitated discussion on creating a preferred future for Maroondah.

Community member undertaking the My Say, My Vision survey in July 2013During this stage, an engagement team headed out with a survey and video camera to local shopping centres, community centres, and libraries to ask community members what they loved and what they wanted to change about Maroondah.

Other activities during this stage included discussions were held with networks and advisory groups, an ‘I love Maroondah wall and workshops with Council staff members.

To read about what the community said during this stage, please access the engagement report for Stage 2.

Further information about the engagement input from community and business leaders attending the 2040 Future Forum in July 2013 can be found in a separate report.

Watch the 2040 Vox Pops to see what the community said about what they love, what they want to change and how they would like to describe Maroondah in 2040.


Stage 3: How do we get there?

This engagement stage looked in more detail at the key themes arising from the input received from the community.

To encourage involvement from young families, the Imagine Maroondah Community Day was held at Maroondah Federation Estate in October 2013. The day involved children’s engagement activities, focus groups on key topics, performances from local primary schools and information about different Council services.

Young people have their say on the 'I love Maroondah' wallA children’s engagement program was undertaken in conjunction with local kindergartens, school holiday programs and scout groups to identify the themes that children value within their community or neighbourhood.

Two stakeholder workshops were held with community and business leaders in November 2013 and February 2014 to discuss the draft Maroondah 2040 Community Vision and seek their input on preferred outcomes, key directions and example priority actions. Workshop participants shared their thoughts on how to strengthen the vision and how Council, community groups, business, schools and individuals could collaborate on achieving a shared vision.

This engagement stage also involved focus groups with youth at four local secondary schools, online discussion forums, further meetings with networks and advisory groups, a second round of Council staff workshops and a Leadership Forum with Council managers and team leaders.

To read about what the community said during this stage, please access the engagement report for Stage 3.

Information about engagement input from children and youth can be found in the reports below.


Stage 4: Let's make it happen...

This stage commenced with the formal adoption of Maroondah 2040: Our future together on 23 June 2014.

Partnerships between a wide range of organisations and individuals will be vital in helping to turn the Maroondah 2040 Community Vision into a reality.

Maroondah City Council will play a key role in partnering with and supporting the community to achieve the future outcomes identified within the Maroondah 2040 Community Vision. This vision will form the driving force behind all of Council’s activities and delivery of services.

Maroondah 2040: Our future together can be found below:



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