Your Voice Your Launceston is an online consultation platform where you can have your say on issues affecting you and your city.
Throughout 2019/20 the City of Launceston launched a community engagement initiative called Tomorrow Together. This initiative offers an opportunity to open discussions with the Launceston community around six themes. Themes include:
- A resilient City
- A well-designed City
- A unique and prosperous City
- A mobile and accessible City
- A social, inclusive and fair City
- A focused and sustainable Council
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Connected communities are resilient communities and good neighbour relationships come in handy at times of personal hardship or emergency.
If you'd like to get to know your neighbours, here are a few simple ideas:
- Give excess lemons from your tree to your neighbours
- Swap mail collecting and pet feeding when you go away
- Offer to go grocery shopping for someone in need
- Invite your neighbours for an informal BBQ or morning coffee
- Share a bike ride or a walk before or after work with a colleague, friend or neighbour
- Exchange skills (piano lessons for baby-sitting, gardening for dinner, etc)
- Organise a street garage sale or party (see this Meet the Neighbours brochure(PDF, 722KB) and the Neighbourhood Street Party Guide(PDF, 3MB) for tips on how to organise an event)
Read more about Resilient Communities in our Emergency Management section or in the Connected Communities are Resilient Communities brochure(PDF, 628KB).
The Launceston Human Library is a chance for members of the community to hear the stories of others.
The Human Library sets up a comfortable space for dialogue and interaction where people are given the opportunity to speak informally with a 'Human Book' who tells a story about her or his experience. A 'reader' can enter the story by asking questions or discussing their own experiences.
The Human Library is a world-wide initiative aimed at promoting dialogue, understanding and education.
In 2014, the Launceston Human Library was awarded the Human Rights Organisation Award "for creating an open and respectful place within the community where people can listen to stories that help to challenge prejudices and discrimination and that promote empathy, understanding and respect for human rights and diversity."
You're welcome to attend the free Library sessions that run for 30 minutes each month. Come and choose the Human book you wish to talk to from the list of available 'titles'.
Discover our list of human books and upcoming free events at www.launcestonhumanlibrary.com.au
Why not become a Human Library Book, group member, or host the program in your organisation or school! To learn more, contact the Human Library Committee via the below details.
Need an interesting guest speaker for your next meeting?
The City of Launceston recognises that it can be difficult for community groups and service clubs to source an interesting guest speaker - particularly at short notice.
To help address this problem Council is happy to provide guest speakers on a range of topics including (but not limited to):
- Emergency management and what actually happens
- Economic development and the role of different agencies
- Community engagement and how you can get involved (Tomorrow Together)
- Food safety and public health - why it really matters
- Recycling and waste - building a circular economy
- What happens to your DA when it is lodged?
- City Deal - what is in it and why it matters
- Greater Launceston Plan and trends for the city and region
- Through the pipeline - major projects planned for a future Launceston
- Measuring success for the city
Alternatively we be happy to try and organise a guest speaker for your organisation on a specific Council-related project or issue.
If you would like to book a guest speaker contact Council's Community Engagement Facilitator Stuart Carless via email at email@example.com or by phone on (03) 6323 3701 or 0422 440 451.