Thank you for your feedback on the draft Greater Dandenong Digital Strategy 2016-20, which was developed from your ideas shared in OurSay forum held in August 2015. We made some further changes to the strategy based on your feedback and it was endorsed by Council on Monday 25 January 2016.
Council’s focus is now to start implementing the action plan and rolling out a range of new initiative and ideas over the coming years.
“Use the internet as a tool for digital democracy, online collaboration and participatory budgeting.”
- Sri Samy
Community consultation in an integral part of Council projects and we want to offer as many ways as possible for people to share their views. Through OurSay, participants are kept up to date on projects and are the first to be invited to provide further feedback as ideas develop. We will be continuing to use OurSay to discuss ideas with the community, including the 2016-17 Budget.
"App that tells you where there is free spots in Council car parks”
- Sri Samy
We think tools that make life easier for our residents and visitors are a great idea. While it might be difficult track which spaces are free, maps of parking areas with information on hours, time limits and fees is something that is possible and we’ll be investigating it further.
"Online tool to report dumped garbage and waste”
- Lu Fred
Residents can actually already report issues like dumped rubbish online via our website (which is mobile friendly) or via a reporting app like Snap Send Solve. We’ll make sure we are promoting these more widely as it is clearly something that not everyone is aware of.
"Providing an online chat service”
- Joel Kyle
We want to make contacting us as easy as possible and a chat service is a great way to do this. We will definitely be looking at how other Council run services like this and how we could implement is at Greater Dandenong in the coming years
“Greater Dandenong Council using online means for digital democracy and a trial of participatory budgeting would be a great advance. It has been shown to actually increase support for local government as residents feel more involved and ironically residents who supported lower rates actually change their mind as they see what good Councils achieve.”
“Residents need more opportunties to collaborate with residents ongoing - OurSay is great and should be continued but the residents behind the ideas need to have the opportunity to be engaged and consulted as ideas develop. That is the power of crowd sourcing - using the combined ideas and experiences for the many for the common good.”