A diverse Representative Group has been appointed to the newly established Docklands Community Forum (DCF). Made up of Docklands community group representatives, parents, workers, residents, young people, waterways users and businesses, the DCF will convene for the first time at date to be determined in late September.
Following an expressions of interest period, Places Victoria and the City of Melbourne agreed the successful members of the Representative Group at the Docklands Coordination Committee meeting on Tuesday 21 August 2012.
Co-Chair of the Docklands Coordination Committee Cr Kevin Louey said the DCF would make a valuable contribution to Docklands.
“We have a long history in Melbourne of supporting our precincts, and we will continue to show our support for Docklands as it grows and prospers,” he said.
Places Victoria CEO Sam Sangster said the group would play an integral role in representing the diverse views of the Docklands community.
“Appointing this Representative Group is a further step in creating Docklands as a place for people. The representatives were chosen, among other things, for their passion and we look forward to that passion driving the continued success of Docklands, ” Mr Sangster said.
The Docklands Community Forum will also be open to the general public, and Places Victoria and the City of Melbourne encourage all interested people to attend the bi-monthly meetings to play an important role in Docklands’ future, with the primary aim of supporting delivery of projects from the Docklands Community and Place Plan.
Places Victoria and City of Melbourne are pleased to announced the following members of the DCF Representative Group are:
• Docklands Chamber Commerce representative Elena Tsapatolis
• Docklands Community Association representative Roger Gardner
• Destination Docklands representative Anita Donnelly
• Docklands waterways representatives David Wong and Keith Rankin
• Docklands small business representative Ani Linton
• Docklands resident Philip Spender
• Docklands worker Andrew Ward
• Docklands parent Janine Standfield
• Docklands user, parent and business owner Albert Morcos
“All the applications were very impressive. It was a hard job to whittle down the candidates but we now have fantastic, passionate people who are ready and willing to help us put our Community and Place Plan into action,” Cr Louey said.
For further information regarding the DCF including future meeting dates as they become available, please visit: www.melbourne.vic.gov.au.
Media contact: Kate Ryan, City of Melbourne Media Adviser (03) 9658 9858