By Matthew Sims
Writing and editing, art and music, STEAM [science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics]video games and board games could be among the topics featured in Hobsons Bay Council’s forthcoming Centers of Excellence initiative.
As part of the initiative, the council would establish the Specialized Knowledge Hubs, which would feature programs, activities, specialized equipment and collections around a theme.
Hobsons Bay Mayor Peter Hemphill said everyone was invited to contribute to the Centers of Excellence strategy and help shape the direction of each centre.
‘We have the opportunity to create specialist knowledge hubs across Hobsons Bay and we want the community to be part of this exciting initiative,’ he said.
“We want to know what themes resonate with community members and what kinds of programs, collections and experiences the community would like to see in these spaces.”
Cr Hemphill said the Centers of Excellence strategy would aim to increase learning opportunities in welcoming and dynamic spaces.
“Our vision is that residents can make the most of the council’s services and places,” he said.
“In addition to being able to easily access and benefit from traditional municipal services, we want to help local people achieve their aspirations and goals in places they can access without effort.”
As part of the consultation process, Hobsons Bay Council will establish an advisory committee made up of community representatives.
Following the consultation process, the Board will put the final Centers of Excellence Strategy on public display and welcome public comments.
Comments will close on Friday, July 29.
The program would complement the Council+ initiative, which recently launched in Williamstown, Altona North and Altona Meadows with more sites going live by the end of the year.
Council+ has brought together the Council’s library services and customer services, making it easy and convenient to access over 100 Council services, including rates, parking, waste, community services and planning.