Listening to our Community

Over the past 12 months, Monash residents have shared their views with Council on local issues that matter to them. This feedback from our community has helped us make decisions in the best interests of our community.

We are visiting local neighbourhoods on weekends, and during the week, to make it easier for residents to raise any local issues with us. Please check dates of our 'listening posts' at Visits to local neighbourhoods.

In many cases, community views have resulted in Council introducing new initiatives or in Council making a different decision than it had been expected to make. Here are some examples from over the past 12 months:

  • Council votes 'no' to Hanover Street land sale and development
    Monash Council won't be selling a piece of public land in Oakleigh after listening to concerns raised by the local community.  Council had proposed to sell the land, at the corner of Hanover St and Atherton Rd to a developer.  Many local residents and the Rotary market organisers were opposed to a sale, with Council receiving a petition with 3000-plus signatures. Please see the following for further details of Council's response and comments, Council votes 'no' to land sale.

  • Family Day Care Service continued
    Council had been considering closing its Family Day Care service after the Federal Government withdrew a $255,000 subsidy. Parents who use the service said it was important to them that Council continue the service. Council decided to continue the service (with some fee increases).
  • Campaign on overhanging vegetation
    In early 2014, we consulted with older residents about how Monash could be made more aged-friendly. One of their concerns is that it is sometimes difficult to travel down local footpaths due to overhanging vegetation. In September 2014, Council staff began a program of visiting every local street in Monash and, where they see overhanging vegetation, leaving a notice asking the property's occupant to remove this vegetation.
  • Animal registration fees frozen
    In April 2014, several residents contacted Council to express disappointment that animal registration fees had been increased substantially. In response, Council froze the fees in its 2014/2015 budget. This means that in 2015, people will pay the same fee as they paid in 2014, with no increases for inflation.
  • Increase in funding for bike paths
    Cyclists said there was a need for Council to invest more in bike paths. In its 2014/2015 budget, Council increased funding for bike paths by 40%, taking total spending to $517,000.
  • Out and about in community more
    People have told us that they would like to see Councillors and staff out in shopping centres and other public areas, talking with the community about local issues. Since July 2014, Councillors and staff have undertaken more than 20 visits to local neighbourhoods on weekends or during the week. These visits will continue throughout 2015 as they really help us understand what Council is doing well and what we need to improve.

For more information, please contact Ainslie Gowan, Manager - Communications, on 9518 3678 or at

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Last updated: 13 April 2016