Data

General Issues
Planning & Development
Collections
Participedia Team
Location
Darwin
Northern Territory
Australia
Scope of Influence
Metropolitan Area
Files
Living Darwin 2030 Community Report
Links
https://engage.darwin.nt.gov.au/vision-2030-living-darwin
https://www.democracyco.com.au/our-projects/living-darwin-2030-strategic-plan/
Start Date
End Date
Ongoing
No
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
60
Open to All or Limited to Some?
Limited to Only Some Groups or Individuals
Recruitment Method for Limited Subset of Population
random
General Types of Methods
Deliberative and dialogic process
Legality
Yes
Facilitators
Yes
Facilitator Training
Professional Facilitators
Face-to-Face, Online, or Both
Face-to-Face
Types of Interaction Among Participants
Discussion, Dialogue, or Deliberation
Ask & Answer Questions
Express Opinions/Preferences Only
Information & Learning Resources
Expert Presentations
Decision Methods
Don’t Know
If Voting
Don’t Know
Communication of Insights & Outcomes
Public Report
Type of Organizer/Manager
Local Government
For-Profit Business
Funder
City of Darwin
Type of Funder
Local Government
Staff
Yes
Volunteers
No
Evidence of Impact
Yes
Implementers of Change
Elected Public Officials
Appointed Public Servants
Formal Evaluation
No

CASE

Vision 2030 - Living Darwin

General Issues
Planning & Development
Collections
Participedia Team
Location
Darwin
Northern Territory
Australia
Scope of Influence
Metropolitan Area
Files
Living Darwin 2030 Community Report
Links
https://engage.darwin.nt.gov.au/vision-2030-living-darwin
https://www.democracyco.com.au/our-projects/living-darwin-2030-strategic-plan/
Start Date
End Date
Ongoing
No
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
60
Open to All or Limited to Some?
Limited to Only Some Groups or Individuals
Recruitment Method for Limited Subset of Population
random
General Types of Methods
Deliberative and dialogic process
Legality
Yes
Facilitators
Yes
Facilitator Training
Professional Facilitators
Face-to-Face, Online, or Both
Face-to-Face
Types of Interaction Among Participants
Discussion, Dialogue, or Deliberation
Ask & Answer Questions
Express Opinions/Preferences Only
Information & Learning Resources
Expert Presentations
Decision Methods
Don’t Know
If Voting
Don’t Know
Communication of Insights & Outcomes
Public Report
Type of Organizer/Manager
Local Government
For-Profit Business
Funder
City of Darwin
Type of Funder
Local Government
Staff
Yes
Volunteers
No
Evidence of Impact
Yes
Implementers of Change
Elected Public Officials
Appointed Public Servants
Formal Evaluation
No

The City of Darwin council convened a deliberative process with 80 Darwin residents to help draft a Strategic Plan for Darwin's future in 2030.

Problems and Purpose

Darwin is the largest city in Australia’s Northern Territory. In preparation for the expiry of its current strategic plan in 2020, the City of Darwin council began plans for its strategic plan which will run until 2030. The strategic plan would provide a vision and future direction for the council.

The council undertook its first deliberative process with a summit of Darwin residents. Participants formed ideas about their vision for Darwin’s future which were then presented to the wider community for feedback before being finalized at a second summit meeting [1].

Background History and Context

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Organizing, Supporting, and Funding Entities

The summit was convened by the City of Darwin council and the deliberative process was designed and facilitated by democracyCo.

Participant Recruitment and Selection

Invitations were sent to 5,000 residents within the City of Darwin and 2,000 to residents in the surrounds. From those who accepted the invitation, a random selection process was used to recruit the final 60 participants. It is not clear if or how participants were stratified [2].

Methods and Tools Used

Surveys

Deliberation

What Went On: Process, Interaction, and Participation

Prior to the deliberative summit, a public survey was used to gather views from the wider community, which were then fed into the summit [3].

The 60 summit participants met for a single day, where they heard presentations on town planning, demographics and Darwin’s future prospects. Participants also met with guest speakers including key stakeholders and representatives of ‘business, social order, youth, town planners and Indigenous people’ [4].

Following the initial summit, participants’ ideas were presented to the broader community for feedback, although it is not clear how this happened. Summit participants then reconvened two weeks after their initial meeting to consider the feedback and finalize their vision for Darwin. 

Influence, Outcomes, and Effects

The council endorsed the community report from the summit and as of February 2020, is developing the strategic plan based on the summit’s report [5].

Analysis and Lessons Learned

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See Also

References

[1] City of Darwin (2020). Vision 2030 - Living Darwin. Available at: https://engage.darwin.nt.gov.au/vision-2030-living-darwin

[2] City of Darwin (2020). Vision 2030 - Living Darwin: FAQs. Available at: https://engage.darwin.nt.gov.au/vision-2030-living-darwin/faqs

[3] City of Darwin (2020). Vision 2030 - Living Darwin. Available at: https://engage.darwin.nt.gov.au/vision-2030-living-darwin

[4] Living Darwin 2030 Community (2018). Living Darwin 2030 Community Report [pdf]. Available at: http://www.democracyco.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Living_Darwin_2030_Community_Report.pdf

[5] City of Darwin (2020). Vision 2030 - Living Darwin. Available at: https://engage.darwin.nt.gov.au/vision-2030-living-darwin

External Links

https://engage.darwin.nt.gov.au/vision-2030-living-darwin

https://www.democracyco.com.au/our-projects/living-darwin-2030-strategic-plan/

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