The committee is involved in strategy development, policy review, planning and design and community engagement planning around complex issues affecting Melbourne’s parks, gardens and urban landscapes. These issues include climate change, urban expansion, water shortage and increased use.
The Parks and Gardens Advisory Committee was established in 2009. Over 12 years the Committee has assisted Council with advice on a range of issues involved in planning for and management of its parks, gardens and urban landscapes.
The Committee meets four (4) times per year, with meetings held after business hours and usually at Melbourne Town Hall.
The Committee comprises a mix of community and technical expertise.
Up to eight (8) community members are selected through an expression of interest and interview process. Community members are residents or ratepayers of the municipality.
Community members are appointed for a four-year term, with half of the community members appointed every two years. One community member position is reserved for an Aboriginal person.
A number of external technical experts have also been appointed to the Committee. They include representatives with parks management, horticulture, ecology, health and wellbeing and landscape design expertise.
The Committee is chaired by Environment Portfolio Lead, Councillor Rohan Leppert.
Timeline item 1 - complete
Request for applications opens
3 September 2021
Timeline item 2 - complete
5pm on Thursday 30 September 2021
Timeline item 3 - active
Applicant shortlisting and interviews
Timeline item 4 - incomplete
First meeting for new Advisory Committee members
17 November 2021