Why are we consulting with children?
Ballarat is a signatory to the Child Friendly Cities and Communities Charter, meaning we are committed to ensuring children are active and engaged citizens in our community and that their voices are heard and valued.
We want children to have the opportunity to have their say about things that affect them, like where they live.
These responses will inform our Council Plan and other important documents about the future of our community.
How can adults help kids get involved?
Depending on the child’s age, they might like to choose a question, or you can choose one for them (they can answer all three if you like).
Encourage your child to be confident in their ideas.
It might be helpful to spend some time learning together about what a neighbourhood is, and what the City of Ballarat does.
For younger children, you can ask them the three questions and type them into the form.
What will Council do with children's submissions?
Submissions will be looked at by our planning teams to make sure that what’s being planned for the future of Ballarat has things that children want to see.
How can children's artwork be used?
Sometimes children can come up with ideas that can seem impossible. For example, a child might draw us a picture of an underwater theme park in the middle of Ballarat with them and their friend swimming together.
We will be looking at what children might be trying to say – this example could mean that they want Ballarat to have places to have fun, or to get together with their friends.
Your personal information is being collected by the City of Ballarat to process your submission for the the 2020 Children’s Consultation Project. Your information will be stored in Council’s Customer Database and used to identify you when communicating with Council and for the delivery of services and information.