Video: The City of Melbourne's People's Panel



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In 2014, the Melbourne City Council recruited a People's Panel – a representative random sample of 43 citizens – to recommend council spending priorities for the next 10 years. Meeting over six weekends, and given access to restricted information and financial data, the group of randomly-selected (but broadly representative) Melburnians delivered recommendations on a $5 billion financial plan for the Council.

In June 2015, the Melbourne City Council announced it had accepted nearly all the recommendations proposed by the citizens' jury.

In a public event hosted by the City of Melbourne on June 15, 2015, the Hon. Anna Burke MP, Rob Gell AM, Cr Stephen Mayne, the University of Melbourne's Nicholas Reece and two People’s Panel members - Linda Macleod and Kirsty Carter - discuss the results of the 'Melbourne People's Panel' and consider the impact of deliberative community engagement in representative democracies.


Thanks to Jeffrey Taylor at the City of Melbourne for permission to embed this video.


Thumbnail image: Melbourne Town Hall. By Mikefarah/Flickr

Cr Stephen Mayne

Melbourne City Council

Linda Macleod
Kirsty Carter
Nicholas Reece

University of Melbourne. Former ALP Victorian secretary and adviser to Julia Gillard, Steve Bracks and John Brumby.

The Hon Anna Burke MP

Fed. Member for Chisholm and former Speaker of the House of Representatives

Rob Gell AM

Consultant, environmentalist, and geomorphologist

Published Date
June 25, 2015