Creativity the spur for Place Project

Sophie ElliottBusselton Dunsborough Times
More than 120 people turned out to the City's Place Project community consultation.
Camera IconMore than 120 people turned out to the City's Place Project community consultation. Credit: Busselton Dunsborough Times - Sophie Elliott

Leading planning consultants will present recommendations on the future vision of the City of Busselton’s public spaces in coming months.

The report is being curated by former City of Vincent chief executive Len Kosova and the Town Team Movement’s David Snyder and will be based on the findings from workshops held in Busselton and Dunsborough last week.

The workshops were held as part of the City’s Place Project, which aims to add vibrancy to the city centre and public spaces through place-making.

The report will be reviewed by the City of Busselton Economic Development Working Group before being considered by the council.

City of Busselton Mayor Grant Henley said the City felt inspired by the ideas generated at the workshops and by the level of positivity in the community.

“One of the most resounding messages was that anyone can have an idea and that initiatives don’t need to be driven by the City,” he said.

“We have so much talent and energy within our community and the City needs to look at ways to embrace this creativity.

“Feedback received also reiterates how enthusiastic the community is about initiating and participating in projects that create fun, attractive and welcoming spaces in our town centres.“

Mr Kosova and Mr Snyder spoke to workshop participants about successful projects which had enlivened and activated spaces in Mandurah, Fremantle and Highgate.

Participants shared their ideas and their vision for the City’s town centres.

Mr Kosova told the audience to view a town centre like a natural ecosystem, where everything held its place and purpose.

He said not to focus on ‘tinsel and trinkets’ when it came to space activation.

“Activation is not just about park benches, putting fairy lights in a laneway – that stuff is window dressing,” he said.

“It is about creating a place people want to be and where businesses can thrive and grow.”

Mr Snyder agreed and said town centres needed to continually renew themselves.

“Just like a computer, a town centre needs to be update over time,” he said.

“The hardware is the physical attributes that need to get replaced, but the software is the vibrancy.”

Mr Henley said the project did not end there and encouraged residents to share ideas for the City’s future.

“We are always looking for more business and community involvement in our Economic Development group if there are interested members of the public,” he said.

To keep up to date with community consultations, visit yoursay.busselton.wa.gov.au.

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