Visit our 'who can help' section for lots of helpful tips on putting your case to Government.
We have created a number of templates for you to adapt to suit your group, and samples of materials used by other groups to get their issue on the agenda.
These should always be written and sent as soon as possible after the news story or event that prompted your interest took place. Leave it 48 hours, and you'll have missed the boat!
Keeping minutes of your meeting it is important for record keeping and so you can chart the progress of your group. You can also circulate them to people who are interested, but couldn’t be at the meeting.
You can use a meeting action list instead of formal meetings - that way, you only record what people agreed to do, rather than everything that was discussed
Setting an agenda for your meeting helps you keep focused, and helps people know what will be covered and how long the meeting will be.
Here’s an example of some material from the Canadian WalkON program designed to encourage people to get together and talk about making their community more walkable, which could be used as a poster or a flyer. A poster or flyer can be used to raise awareness of walking in your local neighbourhood. You can put posters anywhere (legal) that you think people will see them: front fences, shop windows, and local noticeboards, just for a start. If you’re doing a flyer, you can drop them in letterboxes, put them under windshield wipers or hand them out wherever people gather. For more ideas about how to use posters and flyers, see the sections on finding people and promoting your group.
Getting the agenda for your first meeting right can help set the tone for the future of your group.
When writing your media release, use the format of a news story to write up your issue, keep it accurate, clear and brief, and make sure you convey the key elements – Who? What? When? Where? Why? and How. Use a catchy, concise headline for interest. Good media releases start with the most important issues and follow with other details in descending importance. Keep paragraphs to two sentences or less and use simple words and phrases. Have a spokesperson for your group who is available to talk with the media and include a punchy quote from them.
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Supporters are people or groups who won’t necessarily join your group, but may lend or give you resources, skills, public statements of support or even funding that can help your group achieve more than it could on its own. Here's a sample letter to supporters, that you can adapt or use as a base for your own communications.
A vision says what you want your neighbourhood and community to look like when you’ve achieved everything you’ve set out to do. Here are how similar organisations from around the world are describing their vision.
A mission says who your group is, and what it exists to do. Here are how similar organisations from around the world are describing their mission.
This is a page lifted from the North East Integrated Transport Study of July 2006. The table highlights the vehicle traffic volume data for Burke Road which feeds the BRN Roundabout. The table demonstrates how Burke Road North is a key main road within the City of Banyule for commercial vehicle movements and the greater northern region of Melbourne yet there is no safe provision for pedestrians to cross BRN at the roundabout precinct.
Media Release - From the Minister for Roads and Ports - Extended Clearways To Improve Flow In IvanhoeSubmitted on 26 May 2009
This is the media release from the Hon. Tim Pallas on Friday 31 October 2008 relating to extended clearway times on Burke Road North and clearway standardisation on Lower Heidelberg Road.
Case Study - New South Wales Court of Appeal. This case study highlights issues associated with road design and line of sight. There are several notable outcomes in the judicial findings of this case study. Sections -39, 44, & 46 are instructive in their critique of lines of sight and road design.
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This is a page lifted from the North East Integrated Transport Study of July 2006. The table highlights the vehicle traffic volume data for Burke Road which feeds the BRN Roundabout. The table demonstrates how Burke Road North is a key main road within the City of Banyule and the greater northern region of Melbourne yet there is no safe provision for pedestrians to cross BRN at the roundabout precinct.
This is the flyer which was distributed by the EIWAG concerning the BRN roundabout campaign to coincide with the Pedestrian Council of Australia's - National Walk Safely to School Day on 15 May 2009
Media Briefing - Burke Road North Pedestrian Safety Rally on National Walk Safely to School Day - May 15 2009Submitted on 17 May 2009
Here is a copy of the Media Briefing which was distributed at the BRN roundabout rally on 15 May 2009. It outlines: What we want, Why we are here, What we don't want, Why is this issue important, and some background information to our campaign.
Here at the Google Picasaweb Photo Library for the EIWAG you will find a variety of photo albums relating to our current campaign for a pedestrian activated crossing mechanism at the BRN roundabout. Please feel free to click on the link to be taken to our photo library. Click on an album and explore its content in greater detail. Images and video will constantly be added.
Here are the three Key Messages the EIWAG delivered to the Responsible Authorities and the community members who attend the roundabout pedestrian safety upgrade rally on National Walk Safely to School Day on 15 May 2009
Media Release - Walk in the Park
Google Maps helps East Ivanhoe WAG highlight technical safety issues associated with the Burke Road North roundabout in East Ivanhoe. Please click on the LIVE LINK above.
The Inaugural International Healthy Parks Healthy People Congress