Voting open - $100,000 up for grabs!

Voting has opened for the City’s third Project Robin Hood, a participatory budgeting initiative that empowers the community to decide how to spend a $100,000 funding pool that contributes towards building better neighbourhoods and more connected communities.

Twenty-two projects are available for the public to vote on, with each voter asked to allocate the $100,000 across the projects they would most like to see funded and realised in their community.

City of Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey encouraged anyone who lives, works, studies or visits Melville to jump online to support their local community by voting for their favourite projects.

“Project Robin Hood is the first of its kind in Western Australia and passes the authority and responsibility of decision making back to the community, who decide how this proportion of ratepayer’s money is invested back into the City,” said Mayor Aubrey.

“The City simply provides the funds and the framework, and the community vote and decide on the outcome. The community provided all the project ideas and if voted for will also take responsibility to implement those projects with support from the City.

“I have been amazed with the diversity of projects this year, from kid entrepreneur markets to helping bats and minimising mozzies and therapy dogs to outdoor fitness equipment - there is something for everyone.

“For those who have projects that are up for the public vote, I encourage you to get out into the community and drum up support and votes to get your project off the ground.

“It is so easy to get involved and helped decide what projects you want in your community - simply head online to melvilletalks.com.au, view all the projects and then allocate funds to your favourites.”

To vote and for more information visit www.melvilletalks.com.au/projectrobinhood. For voting assistance call 1300 635 845 | 9364 0666 or visit your nearest City of Melville library where free internet access is also available.

To find out more about previously funded projects and a short story book, capturing the background of the pilot project, the process, the successful projects as well as 'Untold Tales' - stories from the community in relation to the projects, visit www.melvillecity.com.au/projectrobinhood.