Councillors have expressed their appreciation to the members of
four advisory committees for their valuable advice and expertise over the past
Last night’s council meeting saw the Council recognise the
accomplishments of the Kilangitj
(formerly Karreenga) Aboriginal Advisory Committee, Access and Inclusion
Advisory Committee, Women in Community Life Advisory Committee and the
Multicultural Action Plan Advisory Committee.
committees work to identify barriers to participation and inclusion in Greater
Geelong and provide advice to council on access, diversity, inclusion and
equality. They are made up of councillors, community members with expertise in
the relevant field and City of Greater Geelong staff.
of the milestones and activities achieved include:
- The Kilangitj Aboriginal
Advisory Committee helped to develop the City’s first Reflect -
Reconciliation Action Plan and was involved in an online art exhibition as
part of National Reconciliation Week 2020
- The Access and Inclusion
Advisory Committee developed a strategy to increase the number of
Accessible Adult Change Facilities and purchased floating wheelchairs for
use at the beach
- The Women in Community
Life Advisory Committee hosted the 2020 International Women's Day
celebration with guest speaker Nova Peris and supported Women in Local
Democracy events to encourage more women to run in the 2020 council
- The Multicultural Action Plan
Advisory Committee advised on the implementation of the Multicultural
Action Plan 2018-2022 and shared information with culturally and
linguistically diverse communities about the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The Kilangitj Aboriginal Advisory Committee plans to
research best practice and principles that support partnerships with
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders and organisations
- The Access and Inclusion Advisory Committee will work
towards reducing barriers to people with a disability getting a job
- The Women in Community Life Advisory Committee will host
the City's International Women's Day celebrations and awards in March
- The Multicultural Action Plan Advisory Committee will
be involved in Cultural Diversity and Refugee Weeks initiatives in 2021.
have participated in a ‘Strengthening Council Advisory Committees’ project this
year, which aims to maximise the contribution of these committees and their
Councillor Stephanie Asher - Mayor
The committees have adjusted well to challenges from
play a significant and meaningful role and council thanks each and every member
for their hard work and advice over the last 12 months.
from the pandemic have thrown up some challenges for the committees, but they’ve
continued to meet virtually and make valuable contributions to the community.
The committees are one of the many ways council engages
with the community to gain input about important issues.
depth of talent in these advisory committees is significant and members have
done outstanding work despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
valued my time on two of these committees during my previous council term and
have learned a lot. I sincerely thank the members of these four groups for
giving up a huge amount of time to advise council on a volunteer basis.