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Help define Council’s direction for the next four years

We're inviting residents to review their Community Vision alongside work to develop a new four-year Council Plan. We'll also be re-engaging on the Asset and Financial plans, recognising these documents all influence the way Council delivers activities and services.

We started a conversation in February this year to understand how you wanted to engage with us on this important conversation - you've indicated a mix of online, in-person, and group discussions.

We are now keen to understand if you think the Community Vision, endorsed in 2018, remains relevant, given challenges over the past three years, specifically around the pandemic, that may have changed your expectations or aspirations for the future.

The current Community Vision is:

Along with sharing your thoughts on the Community Vision - we're also seeking your thoughts around the strategic objectives you would like to see considered in a new Council Plan that will guide decision-making over the next four years.

To help with this, you will find the strategic objectives in the current Council Plan below.

Providing your feedback on the Community Vision and Council Plan strategic objectives, and future engagement on the Asset and Financial plans, is a significant opportunity to influence Council decision-making, and we are keen to encourage as many people as possible to participate.

Share your feedback by midnight Sunday 4 August 2024.

Stay up to date with the project and ways to provide feedback by hitting the follow button at the top of the page.

Council Plan Strategic Objectives

Under the Council Plan 2021-25, our strategic objectives are:

Be part of the conversation

  • In-person

    Meet with us at one of our libraries or community centres:

    Community Centres:

    • Maidstone Community Centre on Wednesday 10 July 2024 from 11am-12pm
    • Maribyrnong Community Centre on Wednesday 17 July 2024, from 12-1pm
    • Braybrook Hub on Tuesday 30 July 2024, from 12-1pm


    • West Footscray Library on Tuesday 23 July 2024, from 11am-12pm
    • Yarraville Library on Saturday 27 July 2024, from 10.30-11.30am
    • Footscray Library on Thursday 1 August 2024, from 11.30am-12.30pm

  • Complete a short survey

    This should take only a few minutes. Please complete by midnight Sunday 4 August 2024.

  • Community Vision

    We're keen to understand how you might want to see the Community Vision modified. Share your ideas below for other members of the community to also add their thoughts around.

  • Hello Lamp Post

    We're updating questions regularly - use the QR code on posters around the municipality to chat with us using this new two-way communication tool which uses AI to support live interactions straight from your phone.

  • Join a group conversation later in 2024

    Email your Expression of Interest to

Share your feedback here

Quick Questionnaire

Community Vision Ideas Wall

If there was one thing about the Community Vision you would want changed/added/considered, what would that be?

As a reminder, the current Community Vision is: "A city where history and differences are embraced, forming the foundations from which vibrant, diverse and sustainable communities thrive." (max 140 characters).

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11 July, 2024

gian says:

A revitalized central Footscray. Safe, clean, vibrant and green.

What we have heard so far

We started the conversation earlier this year to understand how you would like to be involved in this significant piece of engagement. This included a short online questionnaire and the launch of our new two-way communication tool, Hello Lamp Post, in April.

This feedback will help us identify the tools and methods you would like us to use to support your involvement in the upcoming conversation. A summary of what we've heard to date can be found in the document library.

Don't forget to keep checking in with Hello LampPost - we're asking new questions as the engagement progresses.

Learn more about our key strategic documents

The Asset Plan guides the efficient and effective management of community assets, such as buildings, roads, and drainage systems, through to footpaths, bike paths and parks and ovals, over a 10 year period.

It is focused on ensuring the approximately 54 thousand infrastructure assets in the municipality are managed in a way that ensures they are fit for purpose for the community – now and for future generations – while also providing best value outcomes throughout their lifecycle in terms of cost taking into account things like population growth, demographic changes, ageing infrastructure and technology advances.

The Plan focuses on four asset classes:

  • Open Space, which covers parks, public open spaces and streetscapes, along with recreational, leisure, and community facilities.
  • Drainage, which covers underground pipes and drainage pits that manage stormwater flow.
  • Transport, which covers public roads, footpaths, kerbs, carparks, and bridges.
  • Buildings, which covers assets, ranging from sporting and community facilities through to recreational facilities and public toilets.

The development of the 10-year Asset Plan is a requirement under the Local Government Act 2020 to support the implementation of the Community Plan and associated Community Vision, and Council Plan Objectives.

To download a copy visit: Asset Plan - Maribyrnong

More than 500 contributions helped inform the current Community Vision for "a city where history and differences are embraced, forming the foundations from which vibrant, diverse, and sustainable communities thrive."

The Community Vision currently sits in the Community Plan. Adopted in 2020, Maribyrnong 2040 is an overarching strategic document – written for the community by the community – that informs future strategic directions of Council and can also be used by the wider community to guide civic participation and engagement.

To download a copy visit: Maribyrnong 2040: Community Plan - Maribyrnong

The Council Plan guides what we do and how we do it over a four-year period.

The most recent Council Plan was adopted in June 2021 and outlines our vision for creating an inclusive, flourishing, progressive city that cares for both its residents and its environment.

The Strategic Objectives include:

  • Safe climate and healthy environment: Council will proactively identify opportunities to support a return to a safe climate and healthy environment and work with our community to respond to climate emergency challenges.
  • Liveable neighbourhoods: Council will partner with its community to provide and advocate for integrated built and natural environments with access to open spaces that are well maintained, engaging, accessible and respectful of the community and neighbourhoods.
  • A place for all: Council will provide well-planned neighbourhoods and a strong local economy, delivering services that are inclusive and accessible to the whole community, and that support wellbeing, healthy and safe living, connection to the community, and cultural interaction.
  • Future focussed: Council will plan and advocate for new infrastructure and safe, sustainable and effective transport networks and a smart innovative city that encourages and supports new generations to thrive.
  • Ethical leadership: Council will proactively lead our changing City using strategic foresight, innovation, transparent decision making and well-planned and effective collaboration and community engagement to support community and economic growth during the ongoing challenges of the pandemic and beyond.

The Council Plan 2021/25 also incorporates the Municipal Health and Wellbeing Plan, and focuses on improving the physical, social, natural, cultural and economic environments that impact community health.

It is reviewed annually to consider emerging community needs, and a new Plan developed every four years following the election of a new Council.

To download a copy visit: Council Plan - Maribyrnong

The Long Term Financial Plan (Financial Plan) is a document that considers both the current financial situation and future projections to support delivery of projects, initiatives and programs our community think are most important for our City over the next 10 years.

The Financial Plan links to the achievement of the Community Plan and the Council Plan within the Integrated Strategic Planning & Reporting framework.

This framework guides Council in identifying community needs and aspirations over the long term (Community Plan), medium term (Council Plan), and short term (Annual Budget) and then holding itself accountable (Annual Report).

Under the Local Government Act 2020, Council is required to deliver a Financial Plan that covers a 10-year period that is also reviewed in the year following a Council election.

To download a copy visit: 10-Year Financial Plan - Maribyrnong