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Encouraging start for new forum

04 Oct 2018

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By Shane Scanlan

A fresh, new Docklands Representative Group (DRG) took its first tentative steps towards building a stronger local community at the September 19 Docklands Community Forum (DCF).

The DCF is being reformed and renewed for the first time since 2012, and 20 new leaders were involved in their first forum last month.

The first impression was one of generational change. Teaming into pairs, the plan is for DRG members to chair the meetings as the City of Melbourne takes a back seat.

Youthful newcomers Dan Knaggs and Alixx Ackland took a while to get going but confidently managed to take on the role. They are obviously capable and committed to making a meaningful contribution.

The start of the meeting wasn’t promising, with more of the uninspiring “sit and listen to us” format, which has plagued the forum in the past. But a later inversion of roles – where attendees were asked their aspirations for their suburb of choice – changed everything.

Suddenly, there was energy in the room. Locals told of their desire for real community in Docklands.

Social events were a strong theme, with plenty of suggestions about how and where these might take place. It was evident that Docklanders want to connect.

The outcome was very encouraging.

The next Docklands Community Forum is scheduled for Wednesday, December 5, 6pm – 8pm at Library at The Dock.

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