The North Richmond Precinct Community Committee (the Committee) and three supporting Reference Groups will provide a formal opportunity for people that live in, work in or regularly visit the North Richmond precinct to shape future directions and investments in the community.
The reference groups will help contribute in the areas of:
- Safety, Neighbourhood and Amenity
- Economic Revitalisation and Inclusion
- Community Participation and Health and Wellbeing.
Improving local amenity in North Richmond was identified as an area for focus in the recent independent review of the first two years of the North Richmond Medically Supervised Injecting Room trial.
Building on existing work to improve access to health services, increase security and enhance amenity and street cleanliness in the area, the Victorian Government recently announced $9 million towards precinct improvements, including $3 million to support projects identified in partnership with the local community.
The new committee will be co-chaired by former Police Commissioner, Ken Lay AO APM and former chair of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and local resident, Cheryl Batogol PSM.
They will guide a program of community engagement activities and will work closely with three new reference groups to create a united and focused approach on issues of importance in North Richmond. The committee will also advise on opportunities to build local skills and nurture community leadership.
How can I be involved?
Local representation is vital to making this process work. Local business and community members were recently invited to express their interest in joining the new committee and the reference groups.
These roles present an exciting opportunity to collaborate with community, identify key priorities, engage with government and positively shape local outcomes.
The committee and reference groups will meet at least four times a year. In addition to these meetings, there may be other commitments to achieve the objectives of the committee and/or reference groups.
All meetings and activities will be held online as per advice from the Chief Health Officer and Victorian Government requirements. Meetings will move to face-to-face when it is safe to do so.
The new committee and the reference groups will play a significant role in advising on strategies to support the $3 million in funding for neighbourhood renewal projects.
Expressions of interest to recruit to the business and community member positions are now closed.
All applications will be reviewed by a panel and applicants will be advised of the outcome in early October 2020. The new Community Committee will have its first meeting in late October 2020 with the Reference Groups commencing shortly after.
Over the coming months there will be more opportunities to be involved, including through www.engage.vic.gov.au
North Richmond Precinct Community Projects Fund – Round 1 Applications Now Open
Applications are now open for the Victorian Government’s new $1.5 million North Richmond Community Projects Program providing one-off grants of between $5,000 and $200,000 to support locally identified projects in the North Richmond Precinct.
This funding will be available to support a wide range of capital and non-capital projects that improve local infrastructure, amenities and engagement activities in the precinct. Projects could be anything ranging from signage, a garden, lighting, equipment, training activities or an art installation (these are examples only).
A unique feature of the program is that local community members and local organisations are required to work together to develop project proposals.
Round 1 - Applications will close at midnight on Sunday 20 December 2020.
The North Richmond Precinct Community Grants Program funded under the Government’s $500 million Housing Building Works package dedicated to creating thousands of jobs and boosting Victoria’s economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, almost $9 million has been allocated to undertake neighbourhood renewal in North Richmond.
The community projects are a key part of the North Richmond Precinct engagement program of work ensuring that people who live and work in North Richmond are engaged in the design and implementation of local initiatives and responses.
How to apply
If you have any questions please email: EngageNorthRichmond@dhhs.vic.gov.au
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