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Warrnambool 2040 Phase 1 Community engagement findings

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
  • Briefings
  • 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

Advertisement for W2040
  • Letterbox drop
  • Project post cards
  • Posters
  • 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

‘Improved health care availability’
‘More awareness and support for Mental Health’
‘Eliminate drugs out of society, lead the way’
‘Reduce alcohol consumption’
‘More and a greater diversity of native plants in all landscaping’
‘More employment opportunities’
‘Improve the university so it offers both a wider range of degrees as well as more advanced levels’
‘Better connectivity between walking trails and bike paths’

your priorities for warrnambool as a place to live

  • Access to and provision of community and recreation facilities.
  • Enhancing the road network including connectivity and public transport as well as providing more walking and cycling paths.
  • Protecting and acknowledging Warrnambool heritage including Aboriginal heritage, historic buildings and facades.
‘Enhancing the community events and engaging activities for locals, not just focused on tourism’
‘A town with easy access via safe walking tracks to all important attractions ... a place that values and promotes a healthy life style’
‘My wish for Warrnambool is to retain its relaxed country lifestyle whilst embracing the necessary modern conveniences of a thriving town.’

your PRIORITIES FOR WARRNAMBOOL AS A community

  • To be a more welcoming, inclusive and diverse community.
  • To be a strong caring and happy community by being more engaged and connected in community life.
  • Promoting a healthier, active and safer community.
  • Improved health care and greater access to mental health services.
‘That it is a community that is inclusive, welcoming and supportive of everyone’
‘I wish the town would diversify culturally’
‘Warrnambool to have fostered a better sense of community with more opportunities to connect’
‘More opportunities to promote healthy and active lifestyle choices. Leading to a happier and healthier community.’
‘Our drug issues are controlled so our kids aren't affected’
‘Infrastructure and funding for complete health care in Warrnambool’

your PRIORITIES FOR WARRNAMBOOL's environment

  • Preservation and maintenance of the existing natural environment.
  • Increased greenery across the city.
  • Improved community environmental awareness.
  • Warrnambool to decrease its impact on the environment.
‘Keep our environment as natural as possible with more trees and plants in open areas.’
‘A TOWN WHERE THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ASSET WE HAVE AND WE STRIVE TO MAINTAIN AND ENHANCE THIS.’
‘That the city can truly embrace all interests, with an emphasis on maintaining the natural environment, both coastal and rural.’
‘A more sustainable, greener, leafier city where sustainability and ecology are at the centre of all our decisions as a community.’
‘A more environmentally conscious town’

your PRIORITIES FOR WARRNAMBOOL'S Economy

  • Meet the needs of the expanding population with education and employment opportunities.
  • Encourage innovation and development of new industries.
  • Be a leader in food production and food tourism.
  • Encourage the growth of Warrnambool to thrive and embrace the future.
‘My wish would be for people to embrace the change. Expansion. Make it affordable for people to have small businesses up the street and have people wanting shop fronts. People to not worry about change!’
‘We wish Warrnambool to be advanced far enough that our children can develop successful careers here, without needing to move to the major cities.’
‘TO BE A THRIVING REGIONAL CITY WITH A GREAT RANGE OF WORK, EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL SERVICES AND WITH A DISTINCT IDENTITY AND APPEAL THAT MAKES IT A GREAT PLACE TO LIVE AND VISIT’
'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'

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