How to have YourSay:
Phase 2 of consultation is now open.
We've developed a Kitchen Table Discussion Guide from Phase 1 consultation findings, so we can share some insights from Phase 1 and further understand the city servicing priorities that are important to you.
You can participate in Phase 2 by:
- downloading the Kitchen Table Discussion Guide
- downloading the Host Guide if you're leading the discussion, and
- providing feedback here after taking part in the guide.
Hard copy guides are also available at all ACT Libraries.
The Kitchen Table Discussion Guide will help you consider the facts about Canberra’s city services, the changes you would like to see and what is needed to improve services to create better suburbs in the future.
Kitchen table conversations start with a small group of people who get together to talk. The setting is your choice – it can be informal or part of a formal meeting.
These discussions are not votes to be tallied. It’s not about the number of people supporting or opposing a certain issue, it is about capturing informed and considered ideas, views and opinions to assist us to identify priorities for improvements. There is no formal agenda; instead, the group is asked a broad questions to guide their discussion.
We are looking at:
By 2030, we're heading towards Canberra being home to 500,000 people. Our suburbs will look and feel different and our city services will need to respond to changing expectations. How we use our land for housing and other purposes, move around our city, care for our environment and have services and space that allow us (and our animals) to be social will be different.
Decisions about our city services need to be made now for the future. They will have to balance community needs with being financially sustainable. A Better Suburbs Statement will give us a shared vision for city servicing in 2030, along with short term priorities that will lead us to this goal.
Most – but not all – city services are within the scope of the Better Suburbs Program. The services included in the program are:
- Library services
- Parks and public amenity
- Shopping precincts
- Recreational facilities
- Stormwater management
- Street lighting
- Traffic management
- Trees and shrubs
- Waste management
We will use your views to:
Your feedback from the Kitchen Table Discussion Guide will
be used to present discussion topics at a Citizens' Forum in July/August 2018. The forum
will consist of randomly invited community members that will discuss city
The 2017 survey findings, Kitchen Discussion Guide
feedback and Citizens' Forum discussions will contribute to the development of a Better Suburbs Statement
which will be released in September 2018.
Kitchen Table Discussion Guide
What is a Kitchen Table Discussion Guide?
A Kitchen Table Discussion Guide is a document that supports family, friends and small groups to have a discussion to gain a deeper understanding on an issue with the opportunity to then give feedback.
These discussions are made up of a small group of people who get together to talk. The setting is your choice – it can be informal or part of a formal meeting.
Kitchen Table Discussions are not votes to be tallied. It’s not about the number of people supporting or opposing a certain issue, it's about capturing informed and considered ideas, views and opinions to assist us in identifying priorities for improvements.
How do you use the guide?
It's likely you've had discussions before with family, friends and others in the community about the city services you use every day.
To take part in the conversation and provide feedback you can:
- gather a small group of 4-5 people to be part of the discussion
- download the Kitchen Table Discussion Guide
- If you're leading the discussion, also download the Host Guide
- provide feedback online
The feedback received from these guides will help inform and shape the Citizen's Forum.
Play spaces forum
Invitations to register
The Better Suburbs Play Spaces Forum will be held on Sunday 19 August 2018 from 9.00am to 4.30pm at CIT Reid, 37 Constitution Avenue, Canberra.
10 members of the Canberra community will join the Better Suburbs Citizens’ Forum members to:
- determine community priorities for the management of play spaces in Canberra
- develop recommended criteria to consider when making decisions about play spaces
- allocate $1.9 million towards play spaces for the 2018-19 financial year.
Community members interested in play spaces are invited to register until 23 July 2018.
All registrations will be entered into a selection process undertaken by independent consultants, democracyCo to finalise participants. An honorarium of $50 will be provided to each participant and meals will be provided.
Register your interest by 23 July 2018.
Submissions from community organisations
Community organisations are invited to provide a one-page submission to the Forum on:
1. The value of play spaces for your organisation, your programs or the communities you work with
2. Any other comments or recommendations you would like to communicate to the Forum.
All submissions will be provided to the Forum members prior to the day.
Submissions will be received until 31 July 2018.
Please send your submission via email to TCCS.BetterSuburbs@act.gov.au.