Community Led Placemaking

Community led placemaking is a process that builds community connections and empowerment, through local people leading their own projects and activations. Melbourne placemakers, Co Design Studio have created a comprehensive guide for people who want to create and activate places they love and feel connected to, view the guide here Neighbourhoods Made by Neighbours: Guide to community-led placemaking.

Through funding opportunities, Project Robin Hood, and officer support, the City of Melville encourages our local champions to build community and create vibrant, active places. Below are some of our proactive groups working to improve their neighbourhoods and places. These include a community garden, neighbourhood groups and town teams.

Town teams are active groups of businesses, landowners and residents, who work collaboratively to improve their local places, such as their local neighbourhoods or town centres. Find fantastic information on establishing Town Teams, prioritising actions, and placemaking quick wins here Town Team Movement.

If you would like to start a Town Team in your neighbourhood hub, or get started on some local placemaking, get in touch.

Brentwood Village Town Team

Recently established Brentwood Village Town Team have thrown their energy behind two successful busy bees to clean up their local neighbourhood hub. They have also influenced the installation of new picnic and bench seating at the Brentwood hub. They are currently trialling a monthly sundowner on the first Friday of each month from March to May. For information on how to get involved contact the town team through the Brentwood Village Town Team Facebook page.

Rise Up Riseley

This group of local residents and businesses are invigorating the Riseley Centre, in Ardross/Applecross, with placemaking actions and events. The group recently converted a car bay into a temporary parklet on World Park(ing) Day attracting many passers-bys including the four-legged kind! They also held a Sundowner in October to find out what locals want to see in their local area. Get in touch via the Rise Up Riseley Facebook page.

FABric

Friends of Attadale and Bicton are a new group interested in rejuvenating and invigorating their local hub. They held a successful Park(ing) Day events and are recipients of Project Robin Hood funding. Follow their progress on the FABric Facebook page.

Pally6157

This brand new Palmyra town team has already held a SOUP event. SOUP events empower residents to support local projects that they believe in through community fund raising and votes. The proposal that received the most votes was a public screening of the film 2040.

Piney Lakes Community Garden

Sustainable Veggie Gardening

If you are interested in joining a community of like-minded people who grow veggies, why not inquire about joining in the activities at Piney Lakes Community Garden?

The Piney Lakes Community Garden (Inc) is run by members of the community for the community, enabling great connections to be fostered, with a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. It is open to anyone interested in sustainability and veggie gardening, subject to availability.

To arrange a visit or for more information on a time to visit or how to join, please contact pineylakescg@gmail.com or find us on Facebook. Alternatively, you can contact the City of Melville Environmental Community Liaison Officer for more details by calling 9364 0695.

For more information on community gardens, visit Community Gardens WA.

Applecross Town Team

Staff from the Neighbourhood Development team facilitated the development of the newly formed Applecross Town Team and supported them to plan their first event. 

They held a very successful street party on Saturday, 30 November 2019.  The team informed the whole street and surrounding neighbours by a letterbox drop and door knocking to invite locals to the event.  It was a real intergenerational gathering and the children enjoyed riding their bikes and playing basketball, cricket and table tennis in the street. New members have now joined the group. 

They are planning their next event in 2020 and they have developed a Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/applecrosstownteam

Council Walkway

Ian Backhouse has shared these photos (see below) of the Council walkway beside his house in Booragoon which he has developed over the last 20 years with sun tolerant & water resistant plants.

Perhaps this innovation will encourage other residents who have walkways beside their homes to  try and do the same.  Ian says this could be achieved with a few hours of work each week, instead of just letting massive amounts of weeds grow. The third photo is from Ian's kitchen window. 

Neighbourhood Development Officers can support residents wanting to do the same by putting them in touch with others who may be able to help or can provide free seedlings and cuttings.

For more information, ring Teresa on 9364 0147

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