Community Voice: How a community came together and got their own people elected

Friday, 23 April 2021 - 10:00am to 10:30am

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: ( 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).

TAAP information & contacts







Friday 10:00am to 10:30am
Think Again offers weekly conversations and reflections about current events, trends and public pronouncements on contemporary and emerging issues. The show moves beyond what we read and hear via the public and ‘social’ media, to invite alternative possibilities to guide our thinking, living and organising.


Jennifer Borrell & Jacques Boulet