Jennifer interviews Nikki Marshall about how community members got together to bring about true participatory democracy in the Hepburn Shire in central Victoria.
In the last council election Community Voice had four local people elected out of seven. This grassroots initiative aimed at systems change and the active ongoing participation of community members in key decision making. Nikki shares a bit about the process and some tips for other people and communities wishing to do something similar.
Website: https://communityvoice.group ( Democratic renewal in the Hepburn Shire)
As promised in our community announcements, here is information about where to get help if threatened with eviction or other tenancy issues. (Although this was not our main topic this week, the escalating housing crisis prompted us to share this).
Tenants Victoria's Renter Advice Line
(03) 9416 2577, Monday to Friday 10.00 am – 2.00 pm
Tenancy Assistance and Advocacy Program (TAAP)
TAAP is funded by Consumer Affairs Victoria and provided by community agencies across 17 areas.
TAAP services help tenants dealing with issues in private tenancy, to avoid homelessness. The agencies provide a range of services, including information and referral to other services, negotiation with landlords or real estate agents, and assistance in preparing for and attending hearings at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).
HOUSING & HOMELESSNESS CAMPAIGNS
Jennifer Borrell & Jacques Boulet