Water for life Community Panel

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The Water for life Community Panel will bring together 52 customers/residents from across Greater Melbourne to develop a vision for our water future. The Panel will also create a set of criteria that incorporates community values and sentiment to inform the options and actions we take to secure our water supply.

How will the panel be recruited?

We've commissioned independent specialist engagement consultants the Sortition Foundation to select the community panel members and oversee the recruitment process.

What is a community panel?

People’s panels, or community panels are powerful examples of deliberative democratic engagement. This means the community and/or stakeholders affected by a decision are put at the centre of the decision making. The process brings members of the public closer to decision makers and the activity of government.

The panel is built around a number of principles including:

  • A random sample of people affected by the decision are selected to participate.
  • Participants are provided with detailed, in-depth information from a range of sources that helps them to understand the issues and options related to the decision.
  • Participants are given the time and support they need to consider and discuss information and ideas, weigh up issues and options and agree on recommendations.
  • Participants write their own report which is presented directly to decision makers. The recommendations in their report have a high level of influence over outcomes or decisions.

The Water for life Community Panel will bring together 52 customers/residents from across Greater Melbourne to develop a vision for our water future. The Panel will also create a set of criteria that incorporates community values and sentiment to inform the options and actions we take to secure our water supply.

How will the panel be recruited?

We've commissioned independent specialist engagement consultants the Sortition Foundation to select the community panel members and oversee the recruitment process.

What is a community panel?

People’s panels, or community panels are powerful examples of deliberative democratic engagement. This means the community and/or stakeholders affected by a decision are put at the centre of the decision making. The process brings members of the public closer to decision makers and the activity of government.

The panel is built around a number of principles including:

  • A random sample of people affected by the decision are selected to participate.
  • Participants are provided with detailed, in-depth information from a range of sources that helps them to understand the issues and options related to the decision.
  • Participants are given the time and support they need to consider and discuss information and ideas, weigh up issues and options and agree on recommendations.
  • Participants write their own report which is presented directly to decision makers. The recommendations in their report have a high level of influence over outcomes or decisions.