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Kitchen Table Conversations

Forty-nine Kitchen Table Conversations with 260 participants from across Cowper were held during 2019-2021 and a new round of KTC's is currently underway.


What is a Kitchen Table Conversation?

People seated at a table in discussion

A Kitchen Table Conversation is a simple, relaxed, small group discussion, led by a volunteer facilitator. The conversations ususally take place in people’s homes, but can also be conducted in cafes, parks, pubs, online, or anywhere that is comfortable to gather.

There are a few ground rules, including that everyone is entitled to have a say and have their contributions respected.

The aim is to provide the space and time for participants to express their thoughts, listen to others and to find areas of common ground relating to the experience of living in Cowper.

When they’ve been used in the past, Kitchen Table Conversations have been described as enjoyable, satisfying and empowering.


Creating the means for people to give voice, in ways that are constructive, respectful and genuinely inclusive.

- Mary Crooks AO, 11 August 2001




Originally developed by the Victoria Women’s Trust, the process is designed to lead to real outcomes in the electorate by influencing the representative to take the views of the community into account.

Voices 4 Cowper are using the Kitchen Table Conversation model to encourage people to have conversations about issues they consider important in the Cowper electorate. 

Group of people seated in discussion

What happens after the KTCs?

The themes from all of the conversations, together with the results of the Voices4Cowper survey, will be collated into a public report. This report will describe what the people of Cowper love about their community and what they want from their political representative. We will have a chance to reflect on any areas that have changed since the first report in 2021.

It will be presented for community discussion and provided to current and aspiring political representatives, to guide them in their decision-making for the community. 





Democracy is the conversation amongst equals to determine what constitutes good life and the good society’ 

J. Rutherford and H. Shah, The Good Society 2006