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Community Planning Step 1: Formation

Community planning typically starts with the commitment and motivation of one or two people in a community.  They may be leaders of an existing community group, and want to motivate their community group to get in touch with other groups and start a community planning process.  Or, they may be people who are really passionate about their community, and they want to form a new group with other community members who share their passion to make their community an even better place to live, work, study and play.

These one or two people will typically get the ball rolling by doing some or all of the following:

  • attending one of Council’s information sessions on community planning and encouraging other community members to come along
  • talking to one of Council’s Community Development officers about community planning
  • forming a steering group of 3-5 people who can help them to organise things
  • contacting local community groups and clubs to make them aware of community planning
  • organising an information session in their community about community planning (Council has Small Grants to help you do this)
  • asking interested people to join a community planning group (you will need 10 - 15 people).

For more details, ideas and suggestions, view the community planning guide (DOCX, 93KB).

Click here to find out about community plans that have been completed and put into action in Yarra Ranges since 2012.

There are many community members in Yarra Ranges who have experience of developing a community plan.  Ask your Community Development Officer to suggest an appropriate mentor.

See below for resources, tips and templates to help you get the ball rolling.




Templates that you can use and modify:

Tip sheets:


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