Ararat Rural City Council Rating Strategy Jury
Why are we doing this?
What is a Rating Strategy?
Simply put, because it will allow Council to make decisions that the wider community can look at and trust by more directly and visibly ‘sharing the decision’.
The commitments, principles and decisions they make will be more trusted, because residents can see they are based on the recommendations of 'people like me', overseen by 'people like me' and ultimately supported and endorsed by 'people like me'.
You will be asked to attend a 2 day workshop to learn some information about rating strategies, hear from the Rating Strategy Advisory Group members who will share their experience and thoughts, along with discussing options that have been provided to the Jury for consideration.
At the end of the workshop Jurors are asked to develop recommendations to Council that reflect the view of everyone in the room.
The selection process is genuinely random across the 4 measures that have been included. If Agriculture wasn’t included as a specific measure the random selection may accidently leave the farming voice out all together.
Conversely the entire Jury could be the one voice of farming community. Councillors need to hear from a range of perspectives and people watching the process need to feel that it is a fair representation of snapshot of our community.
Other categories have not been included because we don’t yet know what categories will be recommended to Council. We know that the majority of the conversation in the community has been around farming differentials.
We are aiming for 25 people, but this will depend on the number of people who register to participate.
Once people have registered their interest to participate, the Jury selection will be undertaken by the New Democracy Foundation as an independent organisation assisting Council with this process.
New Democracy has tools to make a random draw broadly matched to the Census profile for Ararat. The make-up of the Jury will be based on our current data that represents our community as follows;
- 53% Males, 47% Females,
- 25% aged15-34 years
- 39% aged 35-59 years
- 36% aged 60+
- 24% renters
- 76% property owners
- 24% people with Agriculture as a primary source of income.
Note: the total is greater than 100% because people will fit across multiple categories e.g. 20 year old, female, property owner.
(a) they get to vote in council elections,
(b) are people in the community and
(c) indirectly contribute to rates as costs like that are factored into the amount of rent they pay.