West End Participatory Budgeting Community Meeting

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Jonathan Sri, Councillor for The Gabba says
Every few years, we vote at an election and cross our fingers that the elected representative will keep their promises. In between elections, we have very little control over the people who run our government.

But there is another way.

We would like to invite you to come and participate in determining how I spend our Ward's $450 000 discretionary budget for footpaths, park benches and minor landscaping.

Normally, city councillors allocate their discretionary budget however they see fit. They take suggestions from residents but then make up their own mind about what projects to prioritise. I would prefer to democratise this process.

Would you prefer more public seating? Or a basketball court in the local park? The funds available are small – but this represents a great opportunity to test new ways of involving the community in council decision-making.

These public meetings will involve a brief informative overview to the process, opportunities for resident questions, facilitated group discussions and smaller brainstorming sessions. If you don’t have any formulated ideas for what you would like this money spent on, I encourage you to still come along to these sessions. Suggestions from other residents and opportunities for group brainstorming might get your ideas flowing.


For more information on the partcipatory budgeting proccess visit
http://jonathansri.com/participatory-budgeting/
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By: Jonathan Sri, Councillor for The Gabba