In April 2017 Warrnambool City Council started a community conversation about your aspirations and expectations for Warrnambool as a place to live, work and play over the next twenty years.
Thank you for sharing your views and ideas, these are helping us inform the development of the Warrnambool 2040 (W2040) plan. The plan will create a vision, and identify priorities and goals for the city, through an extensive, community-led process.
We have just completed Phase 1 of the community engagement and there will be further opportunities over the coming months to talk, listen and be part of the conversation which will influence the future of Warrnambool. This is a summary of what you shared with us between April to June this year.
How we consulted with you
- Active Hubs across 13 locations - 1941 attendees
- Long survey – 1283 completed
- Short survey – 496 completed
- Conversation toolkits – 42 completed
- W2040 website – 4474 page views
- Facebook – reached an audience over 100k
- Fun4Kids FutureLab & Vacation Care Program
How we let you know about the project
- Letterbox drop
- Project post cards
- Newspaper advertisements
- Print articles
- Radio interviews
- Social media campaign
- W2040 letters
- Direct emails
What we heard
What you love and would like to keep
‘Wide open spaces along our coast and rivers open to all to use and enjoy'
‘An unspoiled and natural sea environment’
‘I love the accessibility of the walking trails and biking tracks and how they let you explore the beautiful lookouts’
‘Relaxed country living by the coast’
‘Support for education in our community
What you would like to change
'My wish for Warrnambool is to retain its relaxed country lifestyle whilst embracing the necessary modern convenience of a thriving town. Warrnambool must not lose our point of difference. Warrnambool has its own uniqueness which should be preserved and celebrated. Don't let Warrnambool be mediocre.'
'I wish that Warrnambool cherishes its rich heritage, celebrates its stories and achievements and strives to ensure each generation leaves a cultural legacy for the future.'
' I wish that Warrnambool is a leading city in sustainability, pro-active environmental action, green open spaces and excellent in planning that promotes the mental and physical well-being of its community.'
'I would have a city council (staff and COuncillors) who saw their role as one of empowering community groups to achieve great things and helping groups navigate regulations and rules, a council with a visionary and bold approach'
‘I WISH IS THAT WARRNAMBOOL CHERISHES ITS RICH HERITAGE, CELEBRATES ITS STORIES AND ACHIEVEMENTS AND STRIVES TO ENSURE EACH GENERATION LEAVES A CULTURAL LEGACY FOR THE FUTURE’
'A a proud boolian, i love this city, the beaches, the close proximity to the rest of the coast and surrounding towns and the great facilities we have here (i feel very lucky to live here). I wish for a town as I and those I love grow older, feel safe to live in, walk around without fear of violence'
I would love to see the merri river corridor into a quality recreation destination with walking trails and parks that can be used and enjoyed by the whole community
'that in 2017, council lays the foundation for our great grandchildren to be proud of us. don't be afraid to make tough choices due to political choices'