Meet the Jury

The Victorian government committed to consult the Greater Geelong community about its local governance arrangements following the dismissal of the Greater Geelong City Council in April 2016.

A citizens' jury of 100 Greater Geelong residents will recommend to the Minister for Local Government, the Hon Natalie Hutchins MP, how the Greater Geelong community will be democratically represented by a future council.

Three brave jurors graciously agreed to tell their story about why they wanted to get involved in shaping local democracy. All of them come from really different backgrounds but what they all had in common was a keen interest in the democratic process and the desire to have a positive impact on the community they live, work and raise their families in.

Watch the video below to hear from Meryl, Tim and Antonia.

The jury has met three times - on 29 October,12 November and 26 November. They've considered the community's feedback from workshops, submissions and hundreds of responses to the Vote Democracy Geelong survey. They've also heard from a range of speakers.

The jury can make two types of recommendations:

  1. Practical recommendations that reflect a council structure compliant with the Victorian local government legislative framework
  2. Aspirational recommendations that might not be compliant with the Victorian local government legislative framework, including other ideas about how local democracy can be improved.

Practical recommendations reflect an electoral structure for the City of Greater Geelong, which has a clear scope:

  • how the Mayor is elected
  • whether Geelong needs a Deputy Mayor - and if so, how the Deputy should be elected
  • how many councillors there should be
  • what the best representative structure looks like - whether the municipality should be unsubdivided, or divided into wards
  • if wards are preferred, whether they should be single or multi-member

The Geelong citizens' jury process has been designed and is overseen by the newDemocracy Foundation, a non-partisan and independent research organisation. Read the process design for the Geelong Citizens' Jury here. newDemocracy has selected a random but representative sample of 105 Greater Geelong citizens to form the jury.

Community engagement

Key stakeholders and interest groups as well as all members of the Greater Geelong community have had the opportunity to have their say in person and online, to have those views considered by the jury. This ensures the jury is fully informed about all community views and perspectives when it deliberates.

Thank you to everyone who took part in the Vote Democracy Geelong survey. The survey is now closed. If you require further updates about this project click here.

If you have a question, please visit our Contact Us page.

If you would rather contact us directly, you can email us at geelong.jury@delwp.vic.gov.au or phone us on (03) 9948 8537.

To keep up to date on this project, please subscribe via the link below.

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The Victorian government committed to consult the Greater Geelong community about its local governance arrangements following the dismissal of the Greater Geelong City Council in April 2016.

A citizens' jury of 100 Greater Geelong residents will recommend to the Minister for Local Government, the Hon Natalie Hutchins MP, how the Greater Geelong community will be democratically represented by a future council.

Three brave jurors graciously agreed to tell their story about why they wanted to get involved in shaping local democracy. All of them come from really different backgrounds but what they all had in common was a keen interest in the democratic process and the desire to have a positive impact on the community they live, work and raise their families in.

Watch the video below to hear from Meryl, Tim and Antonia.

The jury has met three times - on 29 October,12 November and 26 November. They've considered the community's feedback from workshops, submissions and hundreds of responses to the Vote Democracy Geelong survey. They've also heard from a range of speakers.

The jury can make two types of recommendations:

  1. Practical recommendations that reflect a council structure compliant with the Victorian local government legislative framework
  2. Aspirational recommendations that might not be compliant with the Victorian local government legislative framework, including other ideas about how local democracy can be improved.

Practical recommendations reflect an electoral structure for the City of Greater Geelong, which has a clear scope:

  • how the Mayor is elected
  • whether Geelong needs a Deputy Mayor - and if so, how the Deputy should be elected
  • how many councillors there should be
  • what the best representative structure looks like - whether the municipality should be unsubdivided, or divided into wards
  • if wards are preferred, whether they should be single or multi-member

The Geelong citizens' jury process has been designed and is overseen by the newDemocracy Foundation, a non-partisan and independent research organisation. Read the process design for the Geelong Citizens' Jury here. newDemocracy has selected a random but representative sample of 105 Greater Geelong citizens to form the jury.

Community engagement

Key stakeholders and interest groups as well as all members of the Greater Geelong community have had the opportunity to have their say in person and online, to have those views considered by the jury. This ensures the jury is fully informed about all community views and perspectives when it deliberates.

Thank you to everyone who took part in the Vote Democracy Geelong survey. The survey is now closed. If you require further updates about this project click here.

If you have a question, please visit our Contact Us page.

If you would rather contact us directly, you can email us at geelong.jury@delwp.vic.gov.au or phone us on (03) 9948 8537.

To keep up to date on this project, please subscribe via the link below.

Registerforupdates