What’s going on?

As a result of community advocacy and City of Darebin’s commitment to the Council Plan 2021, Council is calling on local community members to come together to collaboratively design and develop a master plan for Thornbury’s Penders Park, with support and guidance from the Council.

Why is Council doing this?

Given the strong community interest in Penders Park, Council is keen to take a different approach to engagement with the community and stakeholders on this project.

We want it to be truly community-led.

We think it will be a great way to strengthen our community too.

What needs to happen?

It is expected that a new all abilities playground will be created and other facilities will be upgraded.


Is Council outsourcing all its work to residents now?

Not at all. But if it’s as successful as we anticipate, there may be other projects that this approach can be applied to in the future. 

Who will be in the Group?

There will be eight community members and one Rucker Ward Councillor to Chair.

What will they do?

Consult the community and design and develop the master plan.


Why have an Expression of Interest?

To ensure the diverse community is represented.


What is the selection criteria?

Membership will reflect key stakeholders and there will be a balance of gender, age and cultural diversity.

Knowledge of local issues, ability to contribute ideas for improving the park and representing a broad cross section of views and understand the diverse needs of the local community are among the primary selection criteria.


What role will the Council play?

Providing support and guidance.

How much will it cost?

A budget of $50,000 has been assigned to the development of the master plan in 2017 – 2018.