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Knox Community Plan 2017-21

In consultation with the Knox community, Knox City Council is in the process of developing a new Knox Community Plan 2017-2021 (formerly known as Knox City Plan 2017-2021). The plan is for the whole municipality and will replace the current Knox City Plan 2013-2017 (due to expire in June 2017). The new Knox Community Plan 2017-2021 will provide clear priorities and shared objectives for the future of the wider community.

In 2016, we spoke to a number of different people (including young children and youth) and organisations in our community to determine the key issues for the Knox community. At its meeting on Tuesday 20 December 2016, Council endorsed the municipal wide survey and community engagement reports for public release. The community engagement reports provide an overview of the issues of importance discussed through the municipal survey and at various community and stakeholder focus groups and workshops.

These reports will inform the development of the new Knox Community Plan 2017-2021 and ensure that it will be evidence based.

Eight draft goals


The issues raised through community consultation are currently being incorporated into the first draft of the Knox Community Plan 2017-2021 and have been broadly covered in a set of eight draft goals.

  • We value our natural and built environment
  • We have housing to meet our changing needs
  • We can move around easily
  • We are safe and secure
  • We have a strong regional economy, local employment and learning opportunities
  • We are healthy, happy and well
  • We are inclusive, feel a sense of belonging and value our identity
  • We have confidence in decision making

Draft available for comment April/May 2017


The first draft of the Knox Community Plan 2017-2021 will be available from April/May 2017 for public comment.

Council encourages you to have a look at the draft Knox Community Plan 2017-2021 and provide feedback about our community's goals and Council's actions in delivering on these priorities over the next four years.

For more information


To keep updated on the progress of the Knox Community Plan 2017-2021, please complete this form to subscribe to the Knox Community Plan enewsletter, email communityplan@knox.vic.gov.au or phone 03 9298 8000.

State of Knox Report (2nd edition, December 2016)

At its meeting on Tuesday 20 December 2016, Council endorsed the Second Edition State of Knox Report for public release.

The Second Edition State of Knox Report contains a demographic overview, explores how things have changed since the first edition of the report and compares Knox with metropolitan (or in some cases, state) averages. It also outlines strengths and areas of concern in Knox.

The Second Edition State of Knox Report will inform the development of the new Community Plan and ensure that it will be evidence based.

Community Panel

The establishment of a Community Panel followed the Municipal Survey and community consultation sessions.

The Panel was an effective way for Council to further hear from the community and explore in depth what is important to them and what Council can do to meet these needs.

Five Community Panel sessions (from August to December 2016) were held, where the Panel:

  • discussed community priorities based on engagement activities conducted to date
  • discussed in detail the challenges Council faces over the next few years
  • provided feedback on how to approach these challenges, including an indication of priorities in order to inform the development of the new Community Plan and Council Plan documents.

The Community Panel did not have the authority to make decisions but provided Council with feedback and suggestions about priorities and challenges.

The recruitment of Panel members was conducted by a recruitment company independent of Council. While Council endorsed the criteria for selecting panel members, it was not involved in endorsing individual members.

The feedback and suggestions received from all of these consultative forums has been carefully considered in shaping Council’s strategic direction over the next four years.

The outcomes of the panel sessions are available below:

For further information about the Community Panel, please email communitypanel@knox.vic.gov.au

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