People's Panel meet for first time

August 27, 2014

From Kensington to Southbank, and a barrister to a bar manager - a diverse group of 43 Melburnians came together for the first time on Saturday to help prepare for the city’s growth.

The first ever City of Melbourne People’s Panel met to discuss the role they will play in informing Council’s inaugural 10-Year Financial Plan.

Over the next three months, the panel will work together to create a set of recommendations to Council on its spending and revenue priorities over the next decade.

In addressing the panel, Cr Stephen Mayne encouraged the panel to work together to deliver bold, fearless and creative suggestions to Council’s consideration, as they develop their long-term strategy.

City of Melbourne CEO Dr Kathy Alexander and its Chief Financial Officer also met with the panel and spoke about the City of Melbourne’s financial position and the challenges and opportunities the city is facing in the years ahead.

The panel heard about the services and infrastructure Council delivers, as well as how the city is growing and changing. Panel members had the chance to ask the CEO and other City of Melbourne staff about the way Council operates and spends and raises money.

The City of Melbourne will continue to give Panel members open access to information, expert opinion and financial data of their choosing to help inform their recommendations.

The next panel session is on Saturday 13 September and we’ll continue to keep you updated.