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Posted in Strategy on September 9, 2017
Effective from 9 Sep 2017, MRI is no longer a chapter of the Eastern Ratepayers group.Its new strategic directions no longer align with those of the Eastern Ratepayers group.
MRI has decided to play a more value adding role in developing ratepayers and residents capacity building, from local to national impact. MRI has joined Ratepayers Australia Inc (incorporated A0100027J) to contribute to the future-proofing of good governance in councils. It will operate as part of Ratepayers Australia’s Victorian portfolio and upscale its local advocacy capacity building and performance as a professional local peak body in ratepayers and residents’ representation, as Monash’s new professional community of practice in ratepayers/residents advocacy development and the future-proofing of good governance in Monash council.
MRI is officially a chapter of Ratepayers Australia, collaborating with several ratepayer leaders to share governance scrutiny information about councils across the state.
Posted in Uncategorized on February 16, 2014
Community governance is making corporate governance in Councils work for their communities and allows citizens to be overseers of Councils’ corporate governance performance . Corporate governance, in both private and government sectors is also now becoming more about formalizing and making clear and consistent the decision making processes within organizations.
This MRI concept of community governance came about in Monash in 2012 because Monash citizens participating in Council affairs are no longer satisfied with existing models of engagement that are tokenistic and controlling, and they hinder genuine participatory democracy in improving efficiency, rates affordability and best value benefits delivery to people. With the recent legislation of Local Government reforms, the Monash community governance initiative has realized its first success milestone.
More specifically, community governance is about community becoming advocate leaders and taking overseeing roles to ensure good governance principles are complied in every aspects in Council affairs, from behaviors, especially decision making, to action taking. Good governance compliance is expected from Council leaders, including Administrative Executives to every employee, suppliers and any other parties it deals with.
In Monash, the citizen’s community governance model is evolving fast to involve:
- Building strong and well-functioning community networks of influencing the design, implementation and evaluation of compliance to good governance principles in any Council
- Focused public oversee of a Council’s decision making concerning matters that affect the personal lives, inter-generation sustainability and rates affordability of every individual residing, working or volunteering a city
- Creating and sustaining a learning community that is informed and empowered to expect and demand transparency, accountability and inclusiveness from Local Government and their service providers, including advocacy and professional development bodies such as the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV)
- Identifying collaborative and innovative ways to help facilitate Local Government become more accountable to their citizens and end users by show high competency and measurable performance in complying to good governance principles, from single issues to whole of organization performance
- Educating the community about good governance and how they can translate their civil rights in inclusive civic participation into playing effective community governance roles themselves.
Community governance is no longer the models of just how Monash Council can better engage with people but how the Monash community wants to engage with Council. It is an intertwined citizen participatory and participative democracy model that dares bring community participation to the highest level of being partners in decision making and corporate governance affairs.