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Phase 2 of consultation is now open.

We've developed a Kitchen Table Discussion Guide from Phase 1 consultation findings, so we can share some insights from Phase 1 and further understand the city servicing priorities that are important to you.

You can participate in Phase 2 by:

  1. downloading the Kitchen Table Discussion Guide
  2. downloading the Host Guide if you're leading the discussion, and
  3. providing feedback here after taking part in the guide.

Hard copy guides are also available at all ACT Libraries.

The Kitchen Table Discussion Guide will help you consider the facts about Canberra’s city services, the changes you would like to see and what is needed to improve services to create better suburbs in the future.

Kitchen table conversations start with a small group of people who get together to talk. The setting is your choice – it can be informal or part of a formal meeting.

These discussions are not votes to be tallied. It’s not about the number of people supporting or opposing a certain issue, it is about capturing informed and considered ideas, views and opinions to assist us to identify priorities for improvements. There is no formal agenda; instead, the group is asked a broad questions to guide their discussion.

We are looking at:

By 2030, we're heading towards Canberra being home to 500,000 people. Our suburbs will look and feel different and our city services will need to respond to changing expectations. How we use our land for housing and other purposes, move around our city, care for our environment and have services and space that allow us (and our animals) to be social will be different.

Decisions about our city services need to be made now for the future. They will have to balance community needs with being financially sustainable. A Better Suburbs Statement will give us a shared vision for city servicing in 2030, along with short term priorities that will lead us to this goal.

Most – but not all – city services are within the scope of the Better Suburbs Program. The services included in the program are:

    Library services
  • Parks and public amenity
  • Shopping precincts
  • Recreational facilities
  • Stormwater management
  • Street lighting
  • Traffic management
  • Trees and shrubs
  • Waste management

We will use your views to:

Your feedback from the Kitchen Table Discussion Guide will be used to present discussion topics at a Citizens' Forum in July/August 2018. The forum will consist of randomly invited community members that will discuss city services priorities.

The 2017 survey findings, Kitchen Discussion Guide feedback and Citizens' Forum discussions will contribute to the development of a Better Suburbs Statement which will be released in September 2018.

Kitchen Table Discussion Guide

What is a Kitchen Table Discussion Guide?

A Kitchen Table Discussion Guide is a document that supports family, friends and small groups to have a discussion to gain a deeper understanding on an issue with the opportunity to then give feedback.

These discussions are made up of a small group of people who get together to talk. The setting is your choice – it can be informal or part of a formal meeting.

Kitchen Table Discussions are not votes to be tallied. It’s not about the number of people supporting or opposing a certain issue, it's about capturing informed and considered ideas, views and opinions to assist us in identifying priorities for improvements.

How do you use the guide?

It's likely you've had discussions before with family, friends and others in the community about the city services you use every day.

To take part in the conversation and provide feedback you can:

  1. gather a small group of 4-5 people to be part of the discussion
  2. download the Kitchen Table Discussion Guide
  3. If you're leading the discussion, also download the Host Guide
  4. provide feedback online

The feedback received from these guides will help inform and shape the Citizen's Forum.