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A CAN-do approach to community-led place making

Have you ever spent time in a local park in your neighbourhood and thought ‘this place would be so much better if…’?

My colleague at Social Fabric, Emma Slavin, has. And she didn’t stop there. As a member of the Ashfield Community Action Network (AshfieldCAN), Emma has been leading a project to transform her local park, Gary Blanch Reserve in Ashfield.

Through community discussions, events and workshops, an inspiring concept plan for revamping the park has been developed. The local council, the Town of Bassendean, recently voted unanimously to endorse the concept plan and to support this community-led place making project with funding and resources. Yay!

A big congratulations to Emma and all the members of AshfieldCAN for getting this project off the ground! And well done to the Town of Bassendean for getting behind positive community-driven projects.


Source: Eastern Reporter Newspaper 18 March 2014

Emma will be speaking about the project at the latest Perth Green Drinks event being held this Wednesday as part of Left of Central. I think the event is sold out but for those of you lucky enough to have registered, make sure you come and say hello!

Place making conference coming to Mandurah

ICTC conference, Mandurah, place making

The popular International Cities, Town Centres & Communities Conference run by the ICTC Society is coming to Mandurah in 2013!

With the theme of ‘Dynamic Cities – Vibrant, Liveable and Innovative’ – the conference program includes keynote speakers, workshops and field trips covering topics like place making, city activation, community engagement, creating liveable neighbourhoods, sustainability and urban environments, and economic development (to name a few!).

I’m excited to be presenting a workshop at the conference on behalf of Social Fabric that will explore how to create distinctive and authentic local places. The workshop aims to provide an opportunity for co-learning on this topic, so I’d love you to come along and share your ideas and experience too!

The conference runs from 16 – 18 October 2013. Check out the full ICTC2013registrationbrochure.

P.S. ICTC Society members pay a reduced rate for registration. Good news is it’s free to become a member so make sure you take advantage of the cheaper registration rate.

P.P.S. For details of other upcoming presentations and workshops see this page.