Data

General Issues
Planning & Development
Specific Topics
Government Spending
Public Amenities
Location
Greater Bendigo
Victoria
Australia
Scope of Influence
Metropolitan Area
Files
Bendigo Citizens' Jury Final Report
Links
Summary by newDemocracy Foundation
Summary by City of Greater Bendigo Council
Videos
Deliberative Process - City of Greater Bendigo - Citizens’ Jury
Start Date
End Date
Ongoing
Yes
Time Limited or Repeated?
A single, defined period of time
Purpose/Goal
Make, influence, or challenge decisions of government and public bodies
Approach
Consultation
Spectrum of Public Participation
Consult
Total Number of Participants
25
Open to All or Limited to Some?
Limited to Only Some Groups or Individuals
Recruitment Method for Limited Subset of Population
stratified
General Types of Methods
Deliberative and dialogic process
General Types of Tools/Techniques
Recruit or select participants
Specific Methods, Tools & Techniques
Citizens' Jury
Legality
Yes
Facilitators
Yes
Face-to-Face, Online, or Both
Face-to-Face
Types of Interaction Among Participants
Discussion, Dialogue, or Deliberation
Primary Organizer/Manager
newDemocracy Foundation
Type of Organizer/Manager
Local Government
Non-Governmental Organization
Funder
City of Greater Bendigo Council
Type of Funder
Local Government
Staff
No
Volunteers
No

CASE

City of Greater Bendigo Citizens' Jury

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General Issues
Planning & Development
Specific Topics
Government Spending
Public Amenities
Location
Greater Bendigo
Victoria
Australia
Scope of Influence
Metropolitan Area
Files
Bendigo Citizens' Jury Final Report
Links
Summary by newDemocracy Foundation
Summary by City of Greater Bendigo Council
Videos
Deliberative Process - City of Greater Bendigo - Citizens’ Jury
Start Date
End Date
Ongoing
Yes
Time Limited or Repeated?
A single, defined period of time
Purpose/Goal
Make, influence, or challenge decisions of government and public bodies
Approach
Consultation
Spectrum of Public Participation
Consult
Total Number of Participants
25
Open to All or Limited to Some?
Limited to Only Some Groups or Individuals
Recruitment Method for Limited Subset of Population
stratified
General Types of Methods
Deliberative and dialogic process
General Types of Tools/Techniques
Recruit or select participants
Specific Methods, Tools & Techniques
Citizens' Jury
Legality
Yes
Facilitators
Yes
Face-to-Face, Online, or Both
Face-to-Face
Types of Interaction Among Participants
Discussion, Dialogue, or Deliberation
Primary Organizer/Manager
newDemocracy Foundation
Type of Organizer/Manager
Local Government
Non-Governmental Organization
Funder
City of Greater Bendigo Council
Type of Funder
Local Government
Staff
No
Volunteers
No
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Faced with a reduction in funding alongside increased demand for services, the City of Greater Bendigo in Victoria held a Citizens' Jury to address this challenge with the considered view of the community. The jury were asked to consider how the council should spend its money in the coming years.


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Problems and Purpose

Like many local governments in Australia, the City of Greater Bendigo is faced with a reduction in state and federal funding, coupled with the growing demand for improved infrastructure and service provision. Bendigo council is in the process of developing a four-year strategic plan, and the citizens' jury will feed into this. The jury are being asked to consider:

"What should Council spend our money on to shape the community’s future?"

Background History and Context

newDemocracy Foundation, who undertook the design and implementation of the Bendigo Jury, also ran a Citizens' Jury on a similar topic in Eurobodalla, New South Wales. Both councils were at a critical point - with elections coming up and the need to deliver plans on service provisions in the near future.

"As a research based organisation, we are keen to understand how two regional localities respond to similar subject matter and designs.

This is an unprecedented opportunity to observe, record and assess the two as both not only cover content related to local government services and expenditure, but will be operating within similar timeframes and under similar external social/media/political environmental factors at state and national levels.

This mirroring also offers ESC and Greater Bendigo an important opportunity to share learning and knowledge, continuing the strong tradition within local government of cross-organisational growth and development. nDF will be pleased to facilitate and support this connection and sees this as a valuable way to leave a strong legacy of "doing democracy differently" within both councils" (newDemocracy Foundation 2016)

Organizing, Supporting, and Funding Entities

The Bendigo Jury is funded by the City of Greater Bendigo Council. It has been designed and implemented by an independent nonprofit research organisation, newDemocracy Foundation.

Participant Recruitment and Selection

Invitations were sent by post to 3,000 Greater Bendigo residents. Out of those who registered interest, a second random sample was drawn to select the jurors, which reflected the demographics of the area. Jurors were paid a stipend of $400 (AUD) to participate in the jury. 25 people were selected to attend.

Methods and Tools Used

Citizens' Jury

What Went On: Process, Interaction, and Participation

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Influence, Outcomes, and Effects

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Analysis and Lessons Learned

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See Also

References

City of Greater Bendigo Council (2016) Citizens' Jury [online], available at: https://www.bendigo.vic.gov.au/About_the_City/News_and_Engagement/Have_y... [DEAD LINK]

newDemocracy Foundation (2016) City of Greater Bendigo Citizens' Jury [online], available at: http://www.newdemocracy.com.au/ndf-work/314-city-of-greater-bendigo-citi...

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