Melton council could alternate meetings between the municipality’s eastern corridor and the township after councillors voted in favour of designing a multi-function space at a Burnside community centre.

While designing stage two of the Burnside Children’s and Community Centre, officers have been asked to incorporate a multi-function space that could facilitate the “efficient conduct” of council meetings.

Melton corporate services manager Peter Bean said construction on stage two would be finished by the end of next year.

At the request of Watts ward councillor Lara Carli, who has been vehemently pushing for council meetings to be held in the eastern corridor, a meeting was held at the Caroline Springs library two years ago.

But officers said the venue was not suitable or safe.

Next month’s meeting will be held at Taylors Hill Youth and Community Centre, with the possibility of also holding the June meeting there if the venue is found to be suitable.

Cr Carli said holding meetings in the eastern corridor was imperative to engage with the community.

“Residents in the eastern corridor feel divided – they don’t feel connected to this council, which is very sad to see as an eastern ward councillor,” she said.