You’ve read the Draft Plan, you’ve looked at the maps and you know what you want to say, but you’re not quite sure how to say it? These tips might help.
1. Written submissions must be received by 5 September 2011, and can be submitted in one of the following ways:
All letters and written submissions must be sent to: Ivanhoe Project, Banyule City Council, P O Box 51, Ivanhoe, Victoria, 3079
You may wish to copy your correspondence to the Mayor and Banyule's Councillors. Contact details are here.
2. Write a real letter. In these days of email and instant messaging, snail mail may seem like ancient history, but a letter shows that you care enough about the issue to make an effort.
3. Use your own words. Signing someone else’s petition is ineffective – in previous planning issues, Council has counted a petition (no matter how many signatures have been collected) as a single submission. Generic letters, or those that have been cut and pasted from a master copy, are noted by Council staff and discounted. It doesn’t matter how much or how well you write, get it down and send it in.
4. Make it personal. Tell Council how long you’ve lived in Ivanhoe, whether you are single, with a young family or retired. Tell them why you moved here in the first place and what you love about living in Ivanhoe. This will help them understand that these concerns are shared by a wide range of residents.
5. Think beyond your own neighbourhood. Tell Council what you hope Ivanhoe will be like in 20 years. You may find that there are some good ideas in the Plan for the suburb – public plazas, a new library, accessible housing. If you think they are good, say so.
6. Keep it nice. Council staff will be managing your submission, and they are doing the best they can. This issue is too important to be derailed by angry outbursts; insulting or intimidating language will hurt our cause, not help it.