The City of Whittlesea is the second largest growing municipality in Victoria. The estimated population for 2013 is 176,593 and is projected to grow to over 249,800 over the next ten years. The City of Whittlesea is the third most multicultural municipality in Victoria with one third of its population being born overseas and 43% speaking a language other than English. The general population remains younger than the Melbourne average and has a higher proportion of households with children, making 56% of the total population. At the same time, there is also a significant growth observed in the ageing population as well which clearly demonstrates the need for service delivery in both ends of the spectrum.
The rapid transformation of Whittlesea in to a growth corridor of metropolitan significance has stretched its services and infrastructure to its limits. The gap between demand and supply of human service delivery and infrastructure needs has widened ever since. A more consorted effort and a partnership approach are needed from Federal, State and Local Government as well as from range of Community Service organisations to cater to the ever growing demand.
The imperative to increase investment in human services in the City of Whittlesea was identified in the ‘Strategic Plan for Human Service Delivery, 2003’ report. A wide range of agencies contributed to the report which found a severe lack of human service infrastructure across a spectrum of needs in the City of Whittlesea.
In response to this growing demand, the City of Whittlesea joined together in a substantial partnership with over 40 human services agencies, community-based organisations and state government departments to deliver the Whittlesea Community Futures (WCF) Project. The vision of the WCF partnership is to create a connected inclusive community that shapes its own future. Since its inception in 2006, WCF has steadily evolved in to a strong partnership of multidisciplinary agencies and earned a good reputation as a cross sectoral and united planning and advocacy body of the Whittlesea Community.