OUR VISION

To nurture a community of local people, groups and businesses collaborating to create great environmental, economic and social outcomes for the Dromana area.

 

HOW WE HELP

We bring people together to share experiences, skills and resources, amplifying a collective voice that delivers great outcomes.

COMMUNITY CO-DESIGN FORUM WORKSHOPS

Following on from the earlier 2023 community forums where local community groups shared their aims and challenges the next Dromana Association Community Co-Design Forum, the November workshop is where people were able to crystalise their ambitions for the Dromana area.

The community came together for a workshop, whiteboard and conversation event to explore deliverable aspirations to enhance Dromana’s liveability.

Dromana Association Community Forum Nov 2023

The key takeaways from the community workshop are shown in the amazing ‘Social Mural’ created by local artist Trent Downie who spent the evening listening, sketching and inviting direct input from the audience. 

Graphical recording is a way to translate complex conversations into a visual medium that enhances the storytelling and clarity of discussions. 

Dromana Interpretative Artwork

OUR PROCESS

Local community groups, residents, and businesses in Dromana shared their aims and challenges during a series of Dromana Association Public Forums 2023. 

 

In Nov 2023, Tomi Winfree, AnthroEnviro & Impact Hub Candidate Melbourne, collaborated with the Dromana Association Forum Working Group to facilitate a Community Co-Design Forum. Over 35 participants engaged in small group activities to identify what they liked and didn’t like about Dromana as it currently is, identify creative opportunities to resolve issues, and reflect on past community-based achievements, future potential, and resourcing needs. 

 

The participants expressed their desire for fewer cars, more sustainable transportation options, and multi-use facilities like a community and business hub. The participants strongly emphasised regenerating nature through bio-links. This visionary approach aims to safely connect people walking and riding bikes, nature, and animals between Dromana’s nature-based recreation and the township precincts. The participants highlighted opportunities for redesigning how the two precincts are used and better linked by: 

  • Reduce parking and traffic issues, 
  • Leadership through the integration of responsible and sustainable trading by local businesses and 
  • Tourists investing in the local area by creating regenerative relationships with the natural environment. 

 

The key takeaways, a testament to the productive discussions, were captured in a ‘Social Mural’ by local artist Trent Downie, TD Illustrations, and his daughter Alyssa, a junior Archibald finalist. This landmark mural, a symbol of our community’s collaboration and vision, will be installed in the Ritchies shopping centre over the summer of 2024. It has the potential to spark conversations about how to regenerate Dromana toward a sustainable future that promises prosperity for residents, tourists and businesses. 

 

Dromana holds the potential to be a thriving place, but it calls for a united effort. It requires collaboration between community members, tourists, businesses, and local, state, and federal governments. With support from the Dromana Association, the community can develop a thriving economy harmonious with nature and locals by creating a prosperous, sustainable Dromana.

Thanks to:

Dromana Association Forum Working Group

Tomi Winfree, AnthroEnviro Coaching, Mentoring, Consulting & Stakeholder Engagement https://www.tomiwinfree.com/
If you’re interested in getting involved and helping to create Dromana’s future, join the Dromana Association now.
Greg Fitzgerald

Local legend Greg Fitzgerald received his ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ from Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Simon Brooks.

Greg has worked tirelessly to develop the Hillview Reserve at Boundary Road into a community parkland. He is also a leading figure in the Habitat for Restoration Fund who restore and maintain local habitats.

As an active member of the Dromana Association, Greg is a valued veteran of community building in the Dromana area.

 

We are currently building a dynamic community of people who want to help create a bright future for Dromana.

As an evolution of the successful ‘Association for Building Community in Dromana’ (ABCD) this association will seek to promote the interests of local people who want an effective voice in how Dromana develops.

REPRESENTING COMMUNITY

We promote the interests of our members and the wider community through our contacts and influence with local, State and National Government, educational institutions and with key stakeholders.

PROMOTION COLLABORATION

We provide opportunites for community groups, businesses and stakeholders to collaborate and achieve faster results.

REPRESENTING ENTERPRISE

We promote the interests of our business members with networking events, enterprise support and building connection with the local community.

Dromana’s population has soared by 35% in the past 5 years. Strategic planning and community-led decision-making are essential if Dromana’s liveabilty is to be valued.

DROMANA NEWS

Alarm over Dromana subdivision plans

Alarm over Dromana subdivision plans

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‘People-power’ ends quarry bid

‘People-power’ ends quarry bid

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Fears for pier’s future

Fears for pier’s future

THE Dromana community is “devastated” by the closing off of the pier amid concerns that the lack of a response from Parks Victoria means its future is in doubt. The Department of Environment Lands Water and Planning has fenced off the last 40 metres of the concrete...

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Local business networking events and community connection

Open discussion events with your local representatives and stakeholders

Creating an opportunity for local businesses owners and community members to have their voices heard.

The Dromana Association promotes equality of opportunity, inclusion and diversity using an open-door collaborative model. Everyone is welcome to contribute to the community conversation.

We aim to help existing and new community initiatives, as well as local businesses, bring positive outcomes to the Dromana area.

WHO CAN JOIN

The Dromana Association is open to anyone who has an interest in Greater Dromana including residents, businesses and community groups.

We are looking for people who have a passion for community and with a desire to contribute time and energy to drive opportunities for Dromana.

We want to hear from people who would like to contribute ideas, time or resources to help improve Dromana and its surrounds.

If you are interested in joining us please  visit our membership page.

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OUR GUIDING PRINCIPLES

  • Is it good for the Greater Dromana community?
  • Does it encourage best-practice enterprise?
  • Is it environmentally responsible?
  • Does it recognise and embrace opportunity?

OUR KEY OBJECTIVES

  • Dromana Association works to create a great place to live, work and play.
  • Dromana Association actively advocates for planning, services and infrastructure.
  • Dromana Association promotes activities that build local capacity and resilience.
  • Dromana Association actively encourages innovative practices and solutions.
  • Fosters building community connection both socially and commercially.

HELP CREATE DROMANA’S FUTURE

Located on the Mornington Peninsula, Dromana

is an active and vibrant community.

Dromana has been undergoing growth and change

with more visitors and more people who have

chosen to live here.

The Dromana Association offers a way for locals to have

their voice heard about community-driven projects and

how business needs can be promoted.

Generating opportunities for community conversation, inclusion and collaboration.

 What’s happening?

Dromana is expanding rapidly as more and more people discover its charms. 

It’s important that locals have a say in how the township develops to ensure the character and future opportunity is focused on the people who call Dromana home.

 

Our Method

By creating a collective voice for local projects we can lobby Local, State and Federal Governments.

We also support local group projects by tapping into the amazing brains trust of community members who want to contribute to a better future.

By providing local people with the opportunity to contribute their skills, voice and energy, the Dromana Association builds on everyone’s strengths.

 

WHAT WE DO

Community Environmental Projects

Community Conversations

Renewable Energy Projects

Local Recreation Development

Your invitation to get involved

If you would like to contribute to Dromana’s future and you have a skill, time and the desire to help determine some great outcomes….

 

 

Visit our membership page to join us!

ABOUT US

The Dromana Association was formed in 2021 as an evolution of the Association For Building Community in Dromana (ABCD)

ABCD has a long legacy of supporting local initiatives that created positive outcomes for the ‘Greater Dromana’ area.

There has been a growing demand for opportunities for the business and general community to be able to collaborate on joint projects. Community groups who are working on individual projects can now tap into a broader support group where expertise, funding and experience can be amplified to create better and faster outcomes.

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OUR VISION

To nurture a community of local people, groups and businesses collaborating to create great environmental, economic and social outcomes for the Dromana area.

We bring people together to share experiences, skills and resources,

Local legend Greg Fitzgerald received his ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ from Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Simon Brooks.

Greg has worked tirelessly to develop the Hillview Reserve at Boundary Road into a community parkland. He is also a leading figure in the Habitat for Restoration Fund who restore and maintain local habitats.

As an active member of the Dromana Association, Greg is a valued veteran of community building in the Dromana area.
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Local legend Greg Fitzgerald received his ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ from Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Simon Brooks.
Greg has worked tirelessly to develop the Hillview Reserve at Boundary Road into a community parkland. He is also a leading figure in the Habitat for Restoration Fund who restore and maintain local habitats.
As an active member of the Dromana Association, Greg is a valued veteran of community building in the Dromana area.

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HOW IT WORKS

Become a member of the Dromana Association. Each signed up member can attend the monthly meetings which are held in person or by Zoom.

  • Every member gets the opportunity to vote on key decisions
  • We have an open invitation to businesses and the general public to raise issues
  • We hold regular community networking events
  • We provide the opportunity to attend presentations & talkbacks with influential people

Annual membership is $40

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Population Increase Over the Past 10 years

Why do we need 'another' community group?

The Dromana Association building on the legacy of ABCD, taking the role of bringing people together to collectively add voice to existing groups, people and now in business.  Many of our members belong to different associations.  By working together to reach consensus our joint efforts will yield faster results.

Who are the Dromana Association?

Local people who have a burning desire to help create better outcomes for the Dromana area. There is now a newly formed committee (As of 21st July 2021) The committee is made up of people with experience in delivering community projects as well as business people and people who would like better sporting facilities, public transport and township character protection.

What sort of people are welcome to join?

We are looking for people interested in contributing their skills, time or passion towards increasing inclusion, collaboration and positive outcomes. People of ANY age are welcome.

How can the Dromana Assocation help with community projects?

Whether it is tree pruning, renewable energy, hosting events or any other community activity, the Dromana Association is here to offer assistance. We encourage and facilitate community collaboration.

How can the Dromana Association help local businesses?

We provide opportunities for businesses to network with other businesses and with other community stakeholders.  Supporting ‘local’ has never been as important as it is right now.  We are planning a series of talks by business leaders on a range of fascinating subjects.

Will my voice get heard?

All members can contribute and vote on issues.  The Dromana Association facilitates discussions and actions within its membership and actively encourages democratic processes to ensure everyone is heard.

PROUDLY SUPPORTED BY

Dromana Community Garden
Red Hill Riders Mountain Bike Club
Bendigo Bank
Dromana Football & Netball Club
Jimmy Rum
Vins Bins
MAW Civil
Searoad Ferries
Jimmy Rum
Dromana Football & Netball Club
Jimmy Rum
Vins Bins
Rock & Red Gum
Roger McMillan Estate Agents
Dromana Drive-in
Dromana Football & Netball Club
Hillview Quarries
Roger McMillan Estate Agents

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of this beautiful country where we leave our footprints every day of our lives, and with great respect to our forefathers and mothers, both past and present, of the land in which I work and live.