The Victorian Government, working with the City of Yarra, North Richmond Community Health and partner agencies, has established a formal engagement process to provide ideas and improvements to the North Richmond precinct.

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. Nominations are now open from business and community members interested in participating on 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 are open until 5pm on 23 September 2020, to recruit to the business and community member positions.

Over the coming months there will be more opportunities to be involved, including through www.engage.vic.gov.au

In particular, women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability, people of all ages and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. The Department of Health and Human Services can arrange interpreters on request. 
 
All applications will be reviewed by a panel and successful applicants will be advised in late September 2020. The new Community Committee will have its first meeting in October 2020 with the Reference Groups commencing shortly after. 

How to apply?

Complete the Expression of interest form (Word) or email EngageNorthRichmond@dhhs.vic.gov.au to receive an electronic copy of the form. 

For more information and details about the expression of interest, view the Expression of interest form (Word). If you have additional questions please email EngageNorthRichmond@dhhs.vic.gov.au or call Clare Lorenz, North Precinct Manager on 0439 648 557.

All applicants who are not successful will be invited to participate in other activities.