Ratepayer Networks


Three projects have been initiated to:

  • Consolidate a listing of ratepayer groups by council/shire. Project manager is John Presley.
  • Increase the voice of ratepayer advocates in radio talk shows.Project Manager is Marlene Bottrell.
  • Facilitate new chapter startups , including developing a startup and operations guide. Joint Project Management  is by Chan Cheah and Joe Lenzo.

Project 1: Vic Ratepayer Groups Listing

A small project is underway to consolidate the identification of ratepayer groups and their touch-points (websites, facebook, emails, etc) by each of the 79 councils and shires in Victoria. The list would look like the following:

Councils Local Ratepayer Groups Contact Details
Alpine Shire
Ararat Rural City
Ballarat City
Banyule City
Bass Coast Shire
Baw Baw Shire
Bayside City
Benalla Rural City
Boroondara City
Borough of Queenscliffe
Brimbank City
Buloke Shire
Greater Bendigo City
Campaspe Shire
Cardinia Shire
Casey City
Central Goldfields Shire
Colac Otway Shire
Corangamite Shire
Darebin City
Greater Dandenong City
East Gippsland Shire
Frankston City
Gannawarra Shire
Glen Eira City
Glenelg Shire
Golden Plains Shire
Greater Bendigo City
Greater Dandenong City
Greater Geelong City
Greater Shepparton City
Hepburn Shire
Hindmarsh Shire
Hobsons Bay City
Horsham Rural City
Hume City
Indigo Shire
Kingston City
Knox City Eastern Ratepayers Inc – Knox Chapter Via its website’s contact email form or
Latrobe City
Loddon Shire
Macedon Ranges Shire
Manningham City
Mansfield Shire
Maribyrnong City
Maroondah City
Melbourne City
Melton City
Mildura Rural City
Mitchell Shire
Moira Shire
Monash City Eastern Ratepayers Inc – Monash Chapter chanc.mri@gmail.com
Moonee Valley City
Moorabool Shire
Moreland City
Mornington Peninsula Shire
Mount Alexander Shire
Moyne Shire
Murrindindi Shire
Nillumbik Shire
Northern Grampians Shire
Port Phillip City
Pyrenees Shire
Borough of Queenscliffe
Greater Shepparton City
South Gippsland Shire
Southern Grampians Shire
Stonnington City
Strathbogie Shire
Surf Coast Shire
Swan Hill Rural City
Towong Shire
Wangaratta Rural City
Warrnambool City
Wellington Shire
West Wimmera Shire
Whitehorse City
Whittlesea City
Wodonga City
Wyndham City
Yarra City
Yarra Ranges Shire
Yarriambiack Shire

Project 2: Radio Communications

A second project has commenced to increase Ratepayers Victoria’s voice in radio talk shows in 2017.

Project 3: Chapter Startup & Operations Guide

RV is a network organisation. Hence network based organisation structures underpin the  management categorization of its strategic and operational work activities. In RV network structure, the executive committee coordinates and manages not just internal membership  but many external relationships , to support its day to day advocacy and more strategic capacity building. Click here for more explanation about network organisation structures.

Incorporated Chapters is an approach for creating and expanding a network organisation. RV will adopt two types of chapter formation:

  1. Strategic top down chapters, which are formed to represent partnership programs that create and sustain the scope of RV’s value adding resources and capabilities
  2. Ratepayer bottom up chapters, which represent municipal groupings of ratepayers, each providing a local advocacy voice and authority in a municipal area.

Ratepayer Chapters

A ratepayer chapter is an affiliated group of ratepayer advocates sharing concerns and interests that are in line with Ratepayers Victoria’s constitution, core values and strategic directions.  It can be setup by financial members, to continue working as an autonomous local ratepayer group under RV’s charter.  It gives groups an option to avoid incorporation and annual reporting obligations to join RV as an autonomous local group focusing on local or other specific matters.

Each chapter has its own sets of goals and objectives that are consistent with RV constitution and strategic guidelines that shape RV’s governance framework. It is managed by a chapter committee with specified roles and responsibilities and  administers its own meeting records, financial and risk management. However, its obliged to report meeting schedules, minutes, financial statements and annual management reports to RV, on agreed arrangements.

A chapter does not represent RV and its communications is limited to the local advocacy voice of the chapter team. Their projects’ outcomes may be adopted by RV to share the value add their projects create. RV has the right to terminate a chapter’s operations if it fails to obligate to RV’s governance framework.

We are developing and trailing a startup and operations by-laws version 1, which specifies the rules and guidelines for creating and running a ratepayer chapter. We took an agile approach in developing this guide and its contents will be subjected to continuous improvements when we trial its use in setting up future chapters.

Strategic Chapters

There are strategic partnership programs formalised as a new value adding workgroup in RV. Presently, we are investigating partnership strategies and opportunities. We keep you informed of updates.