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Past Advisory Committees and Reference Groups

Moreland City Council has had a range of Advisory Committees, Reference Groups, Working Groups and Action Groups over the years. We appreciate and greatly value the time invested into these groups from our Councillors and the community members that contributed to their actions and advice over the years.

You can learn what these committees and groups were focused on and the role they played from the list of now inactive committees and groups on this page.

Community Planning Councillor Reference Group

The Community Planning Councillor Reference Group provided an oversight role on the key plans required under the 'Local Government Act 2020', including the Community Vision, 4-Year Council Plan, and 10-Year Financial and Asset Plans.

This Reference Group was chaired by the Mayor. Membership was comprised of up to four Councillors, with at least one from each ward, and any other Councillor appointed by Council to the Committee.

The first meeting of the Community Planning Councillor Reference Group was held on 24 November 2020, with subsequent meetings held as needed, approximately every second month. You can find out more about this Reference Group in the Community Planning Councillor Terms of Reference November 2020 (DOC).

Disability Working Group

The Disability Working Group gave Council a forum to discuss and address issues about disability and to guide the implementation and monitoring of the Moreland Disability Access and Inclusion Plan 2016-20. You can see their work reflected in the Moreland Disability Access and Inclusion Plan 2016-20 (PDF 4Mb) and the Easy English version of the Moreland Disability Access and Inclusion Plan 2016-20 (DOC 16Mb).

This Working Group was made up of a Councillor, up to 10 community representatives with lived experience in disability, and a Moreland City Council Disability Planner.

Meetings were held 6 times a year at the Coburg Civic Centre, unless otherwise arranged. You can find out more about this Working Group in the Terms of Reference for the Moreland Disability Advisory Committee (DOC 62Kb).

Family and Children’s Services Advisory Committee

This committee advised Council on its delivery of family and children's services.

The Family and Children Services Advisory Committee strengthened and supported the community. This was done by building and maintaining a strong, cohesive children's services network that worked to improve the quality of life for children and their families in Moreland. The Committee and their work assisted Council in its facilitation, planning, advocacy and service provision role in children's services.

This Advisory Committee was made up of:

  • a Councillor
  • Council officers from Social Development
  • Family and Children Services providers from Private Long Day Care, Community-based Long Day Care, Occasional Care, Family Day Care, Out of School Hours Care, Preschools, Maternal and Child Health, Playgroups, Primary Schools and Neighbourhood Houses
  • Specialist Children’s Services from Melbourne City Mission, Broad Insight Group, Early Childhood Intervention Services, Yooralla and Noah's Ark
  • Family Support Providers from Anglicare, Moreland Community Health Family Support and Lentara Uniting Care
  • Community representatives from VICSEG, Neighbourhood Houses, Migrant Resource Centre, Lebanese Welfare Services, Australian Greek Welfare and CERES

Meetings were held three times a year. You can find out more about this Advisory Committee in the Terms of Reference for the Family and Children Services Advisory Committee (DOC 52Kb).

Human Rights Advisory Committee

The Human Rights Advisory Committee provided advice to Council to guide the implementation and monitoring of the Moreland Human Rights Policy 2016-26.

This Advisory Committee was made up of:

  • two Councillors
  • selected representatives from up to 5 key organisations - by invitation
  • up to 10 community members who live, work or study in Moreland, who have an interest in Human Rights and Inclusion

For the community members that were part of this committee the preference was given to those who identified with one or of the following priority groups:

  • ­Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people
  • ­People from multicultural communities, migrants, humanitarian entrants, people who are seeking asylum and those of diverse faiths
  • ­People living with a disability, family members or carers
  • ­Women
  • ­People who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Gender Diverse, Intersex, Queer and Asexual

Meetings were held quarterly. You can find out more about this Advisory Committee in the Terms of reference for the Human Rights Committee (DOC 57Kb).

Moreland Arts Advisory Committee

The Moreland Arts Advisory Committee had an overarching role to advance arts and culture in Moreland. It was the principal consultative body advising Council in furthering the cultural vitality of the city.

This Advisory Committee was made up of:

  • two Councillors
  • nine community representatives
  • a representative from the organisation contracted to manage the Brunswick Mechanics Institute (at the time this was Next Wave). More information about this venue is on the Brunswick Mechanics Institute website.

Meetings were held quarterly. You can find out more about this Advisory Committee in the Terms of Reference for the Moreland Arts Advisory Committee (PDF 400Kb).

Moreland Housing Advisory Committee

Moreland Housing Advisory Committee provided timely advice to Council about affordable and appropriate housing in the municipality. It was the principal consultative body advising Council about its housing agenda. The Committee had an interest in exploring innovative housing approaches and engagement. They considered the diverse housing experiences of tenants, homeowners, potential homeowners and those with very insecure housing.

This Advisory Committee was made up of:

  • two Councillors
  • the Coordinator Social Planning, Housing and Community Wellbeing or a representative from this unit
  • 9 community representatives

Meetings were held 4 to 5 times a year at the Moreland Civic Centre. You can find out more about this Advisory Committee in the Terms of Reference for the Moreland Housing Advisory Committee (DOC 60Kb).

Moreland Libraries Advisory Committee (MorLAC)

The Moreland Libraries Advisory Committee advised Council on library matters and performance.

This Advisory Committee was made up of:

  • one Councillor
  • nine community representatives

Meetings were held quarterly. You can find out more about this Advisory Committee in the Terms of Reference of the Moreland Libraries Advisory Committee (DOC 53Kb).

Moreland Transport Advisory Committee

This committee developed, promoted and assisted Council to achieve the aims of the Moreland Integrated Transport Strategy. The Transport in Moreland forum provided input on the implementation of the Moreland Integrated Transport Strategy (MITS), Brunswick Integrated Transport Strategy, Bike Strategy, Pedestrian Strategy and Parking Management Policy and on the development of strategic transport policy.

This Advisory Committee was made up of:

  • two Councillors
  • members of the Community, representing the views of each of the 4 transport networks: walking, public transport, cycling and car/truck
  •  the Director/s of City Infrastructure or their representatives, a traffic engineer, the Transport Co-ordinator and a strategic land use planner
  • representatives from interested parties including PTC or the Department of Infrastructure, Private Transport Operators, VicRoads, RACV, PTUA, Bicycle Victoria, and commercial vehicle operators

Meetings were held quarterly. You can find out more about this Advisory Committee in the Terms of Reference for the Transport in Moreland Forum (DOC 54Kb).

Sustainable Moreland Action Group

The Sustainable Moreland Action Group (SMAG) shared information, promoted community awareness, and collaborated with Moreland City Council in enhancing the collective impact of Council and community-led programs and initiatives to foster a just transition to a zero-carbon, zero-waste and climate-resilient municipality.

This Action Group was made up of:

  • one Councillor
  • Council officers
  • residents

  • representatives from community organisations

Membership in this group was for a 2 or 4 year period. 

Meetings were held quarterly. You can find out more about this Action Group in the Sustainable Moreland Action Group Terms of Reference 2020 (DOC 74Kb).