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Council partnerships and advisory committees

Disability Advisory Committee

The Maroondah Disability Advisory Committee (MDAC) was formed in 2010 to provide a link between Council and people with a disability and consists of a maximum of 14 members.

The objectives of the committee are to:

  • provide advice to Council on policy, programs, service development, research initiatives and planning issues in relation to people with disabilities at a strategic and operational level
  • provide advice and guidance in relation to strategies for effective consultation and collaboration in Council activities with a diverse range of stakeholders reflective of the Maroondah community
  • provide advice to Council in the development and review of the Disability Policy and Action Plan
  • promote the positive image of people with a disability within the municipality of Maroondah.

See more about the Maroondah Disability Advisory Committee

Eastern Affordable Housing Alliance

The Eastern Affordable Housing Alliance (EAHA) advocates for increased affordable housing in the Eastern Metro region of Melbourne to meet the needs of our communities for safe, secure and affordable housing now and in the future.

Membership consists of:

  • Knox City Council
  • Maroondah City Council
  • Manningham City Council
  • Monash City Council
  • Whitehorse City Council
  • Yarra Ranges Council

See more about the Eastern Affordable Housing Alliance

Eastern Alliance for Greenhouse Action

The Eastern Alliance for Greenhouse Action (EAGA) began in 2008 as an informal network of councils committed to addressing climate change issues through the delivery of community programs.

The EAGA region members are the cities of Boroondara, Knox, Maroondah, Monash, Stonnington, Whitehorse and Yarra Ranges.

EAGA provides a great opportunity for the region to:

  • encourage sharing of experiences, knowledge and resources
  • attract investment for large projects which address climate change issues across the area
  • engage the community to support behaviour change and adoption of sustainable actions.

See more about the Eastern Alliance for Greenhouse Action

Eastern Alliance for Sustainable Learning (EASL)

The Alliance works with other stakeholders to promote lifelong learning and action that improves the health, wellbeing and environmental sustainability of local communities by:

  • promoting innovative learning and teaching that fosters environmental citizenship.
  • advocating for a strong and consistent commitment to learning for sustainability.
  • building capacity of local education providers and member Councils to deliver effective sustainability initiatives to their communities.

The Alliance is a group of five member Councils, including Knox City Council, Manningham City Council, Maroondah City Council, Whitehorse City Council, and Yarra Ranges Council.

More about the Eastern Alliance for Sustainable Learning

Eastern Regional Libraries Corporation

The Board is responsible for the running of the Eastern Regional Libraries Corporation and the provision of the regional library service to the three member Councils: Maroondah, Knox and Yarra Ranges.  

Libraries in Maroondah are located at:

  • Realm (Ringwood Town Square)
  • Croydon (Croydon Civic precinct) Each member Council provides two Councillor representatives

See more about the Eastern Regional Libraries Corporation

Eastern Regional Group of Councils

The group represents and advocates for the collective interests of the seven Councils within the Metropolitan Eastern region:

  • Boroondara
  • Knox
  • Manningham
  • Maroondah
  • Monash
  • Whitehorse
  • Yarra Ranges 

Eastern Transport Coalition

The coalition advocates for improvements to public transport that generally have region wide benefits. It works cooperatively with Councils, stakeholders and governments; supports improvements when they occur; and represents the public transport needs and priorities of the region.

Member Councils are:

  • City of Greater Dandenong
  • Knox
  • Manningham
  • Maroondah City Council
  • Monash
  • Whitehorse
  • Yarra Ranges 

See more about the Eastern Transport Coalition

Maroondah Arts Advisory Committee

The Maroondah Arts Advisory Committee was established to inform and advise Council on the community’s vision for a creative and culturally vibrant Maroondah as outlined in Maroondah 2040 and key Council cultural policies and strategies, including the Arts and Cultural Development Strategy.

See more about the Maroondah Arts Advisory Committee

Maroondah Business Advisory Committee

The Maroondah Business Advisory Committee:

  • acts as a sounding board for future Council funded proposals/projects
  • suggests new projects/programs for Council to pursue which will positively impact on local businesses
  • provides a formal link between the Municipality and key stakeholders/leaders in the economy on specific projects/programs
  • provides feedback and practical advice regarding additional ways in which the Council can further assist members of the business community
  • provides input into the development of submissions for funding
  • provides strategic direction and feedback on local economic performance.

Maroondah Community Safety Committee

The Committee has been established to improve community safety and perceptions of safety across Maroondah, and to create a safer environment for people to live, work, learn, socialise and participate.

It operates in partnership with community, government and resident stakeholders on initiatives concerning (but not limited to) preventing violence against women and children, alcohol/drug issues, youth, families, CALD, elder abuse and road safety.

Council acknowledges that community safety actions are strengthened by developing a partnership approach to community safety issues, having a shared understanding of the factors that impact upon community safety and valuing safety as a fundamental pre-condition to community health and wellbeing. 

Maroondah Partners in Community Wellbeing Committee

The Committee is a partnership between Council and key community stakeholders to promote optimal health and wellbeing in the community. The Committee provides strategic advice on the Maroondah Health and Wellbeing Plan.

Maroondah Communities of Wellbeing Committee

The Committee aims to improve Maroondah’s community wellbeing through positive psychology initiatives in partnership with a range of community leaders. Read more about the Maroondah Communities of Wellbeing Committee

Maroondah Environment Advisory Committee

A collaborative partnership between Council and key community stakeholders to inform and advise Council on environmental sustainability issues.

The Committee has input into the development of plans and policies in relation to environmental sustainability.

In particular, the goals of the Committee are to:

  • advance the environmental sustainability ‘Key Directions’ of Maroondah 2040.
  • advise Council on the implementation and review of the Maroondah Sustainability Strategy and related strategies and actions.
  • involve others in sustainability initiatives.

It comprises 8 community representatives with wide ranging backgrounds and expertise, such as engineering, flora and fauna, environmental education, community environment committees. 

See more about the Maroondah Environment Advisory Committee

Maroondah Liquor Accord

Liquor accords are voluntary partnerships among community members that aim to reduce alcohol-related issues, anti-social behaviour and violence. 

The Maroondah Liquor Accord is a joint initiative between licensees, Victoria Police, Council and the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation.  

More about the Maroondah Liquor Accord

Metropolitan Local Government Waste Forum

The Metropolitan Local Government Waste Forum (MLGW Forum) supports the effective operation of the Metropolitan Waste & Resource Recovery Group . The Forum consists of a councillor (voting member) and a council officer (as an advisory, non-voting member) from each of the 31 council areas that make up the Group's region. 

Municipal Association of Victoria – State Council

This Association of Victorian Municipal Authorities undertakes an advocacy role and representation on behalf of member Councils and the local government sector to the State Government. 

Representation to the Federal Government is via the Australian Local Government Association.

More about the Municipal Association of Victoria State Council

National Local Government Drug and Alcohol Advisory Committee

The Committee aims to reduce the impact of alcohol and other drugs across Australia, from capital cities to remote areas, by advocating local government perspectives to national and state policy makers.

Regional Alcohol Density Project

Maroondah, along with seven other south-east Melbourne Councils, is currently working towards a group councils amendment to their respective planning schemes that will strengthen the decision making capabilities of Council through the assessment of planning applications for packaged liquor outlets

This collaboration involves Casey, Cardinia, Greater Dandenong, Knox, Kingston, Frankston, Mornington Peninsula and Maroondah. The group planning scheme amendment will build on previous research linking alcohol-related harm to packaged liquor outlets.  The overall goal is to assist Councils to reduce violence in their community.

More about the Regional Alcohol Density Project

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