Melville gets Placemakers

top-Dean Cracknell (City of Melville),Sara Culverhouse (Youth Advisory Council),Ian Williams (Brumbys Applecross),Amanda Troy (Leslies) and Ruth Allan (Youth Advisory Council)
top-Dean Cracknell (City of Melville),Sara Culverhouse (Youth Advisory Council),Ian Williams (Brumbys Applecross),Amanda Troy (Leslies) and Ruth Allan (Youth Advisory Council)

It has launched a new project dubbed Placemaking at Riseley, which aims to have the community brainstorm, organise and make improvements to public spaces.

The idea is for local residents, businesses and motivated community members to come together to create a sense of place and identity for the open areas.

The city provides the training to develop techniques, generate ideas and complete the improvements in spaces such as bus shelters and bringing colour, life and animation to the city.

Inspired by similar projects around the world including Canada, Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey said the aim was to devolve some responsibility and power from local government back to the community.

‘This project provides the opportunity, space, training and ‘permission’ for the community to make changes to the public environment,’ he said.

Interested community members can register for a free workshop with renowned Creative Communities consultant David Engwicht.

‘While the initial focus for this project will be on the Riseley Centre, the workshops are open to everybody so I encourage interested community members to take this opportunity to participate,’ Mr Aubrey said.