Wollondilly Approaches Town Planning from a Different Perspective

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Wollondilly Approaches Town Planning from a Different Perspective

Posted on: 15.12.2016

Local government professionals from Wollondilly, Camden and Campbelltown recently attended Placemaking Training hosted by Wollondilly Shire Council and facilitated by Place Partners.

Placemaking is a collaborative process of creating, enhancing and managing people focussed places that reflect and respect the unique qualities of each location. It is focussed on public spaces, community participation and collaboration and partnerships.

General Manager of Wollondilly Shire Council, Luke Johnson, believes that this is an excellent initiative saying, “With the Wilton New Town announcement it is now especially important to recognise, develop and strengthen the individual characteristics of existing towns and villages so that they can thrive.”

“Council’s Growth and Strategic Planning teams are working towards the development of place strategies for each of our towns and villages to establish clear visions of the desired future for each place.”

“Given the stage we are at with major growth initiatives placemaking can be an effective tool in terms of urban regeneration, economics and creating healthy communities.”

Delivered by Kylie Legge, Director of Place Partners, the two day course covered the following topics:

  • Introduction to placemaking
  • How to measure place
  • How is it done elsewhere; case studies and approaches
  • Developing an action plan

The course looked at real life challenges in Wollondilly regarding placemaking, revitalisation and engagement.

A graduate of Architecture with a Masters in Social Science, Kylie has over 15 years experience in the industry and has led projects across Australia, Asia and in the Middle East for Councils, developers and state and national government agencies.