Wycheproof and Kerang score 'pop-up parliaments' to bridge city-country divide

Residents in regional Victoria geographically removed from Spring Street will brush up on their political know-how this week when a “pop-up parliament” visits their neighbourhood.

The community forums in Wycheproof and Kerang are timed to coincide with parliamentary committee hearings visiting the region.

The two towns will host hearings of inquiries into the sustainability and operational challenges of Victoria’s rural and regional councils and the management, governance and use of environmental water. 

On the evening prior to the hearings, Parliament House staff will answer community members’ questions about how laws are made and what parliamentary committees do.

Local schools have been invited to participate in education programs this week, including the chance to watch MPs in action.  

Community sessions are scheduled for 6pm on Wednesday at the Wycheproof Community Resource Centre, and 6pm Thursday at the Kerang Memorial Hall.

Committee hearing will take place the next day.

The Pop-up Parliament initiative is expected to continue for the next year, one of the community engagement initiatives undertaken by the Victorian Parliament.

Regional community leadership groups recently visited Spring Street for two days of briefings.