Creating Great Places

Recommendations for successful placemaking in local governments

This self-paced online course will provide you with information, tools and tips for successful place-based approaches in a local government context. It is inspiring and practical training that you can fit around your busy schedule.


Why do this online course?

Collaborative, place-based approaches are the future of the local government sector.

 “It’s not about governments trying to do things for communities, it’s about communities trying to do things for themselves; councils are a great intermediary to help facilitate that process.”

Municipal Association of Victoria 2019

Graphic showing the benefits of collaborative place-based approaches for local governments

Who is it designed for?

Whilst it is primarily written for an Australian context, it may be relevant for local governments around the world. It does not cover legislative and regulatory requirements in any detail.

It provides principles, ideas and approaches for making it happen in any country, plus practical, street-level secrets from placemakers with decades of experience.


What will it help you with?

This course will enable you to:

  • Be more effective
  • Improve perceptions of your local government
  • Reduce strategic risks and mitigate projects risks
  • Understand and use the placemaking mindset and key concepts

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Use the permissions-based approach
  • Confidently lead a placemaking project
  • Create amazing results, even with a small budget


Testimonial from a local government officer

"This placemaking course was inspiring and practical, sharing insights from experts in the field. It simplified concepts and broke it down into easy-to-understand information and provided resources to progress conversations within our local government."

What you can learn

Key concepts


What placemaking is and is not


Why placemaking is so important for local governments

How placemaking builds social capital, activates town centres and stimulates economic development


How to engage stakeholders and the local community

Practical implementation tips


How to get wins with a small budget


Common challenges and how you might solve them


How to set up and manage a placemaking process


The skills to help you be successful


Real examples and inspiring ideas 

Testimonials from Local Government Officers


"The Placemaking Course was amazing and gave me a much greater understanding of what placemaking is, how it can be achieved within local government and how to take the community on the journey of placemaking. The course has inspired me to think outside of the box when it comes to placemaking and how I can pass on this knowledge and enthusiasm about placemaking to others within my community and organisation."

Learn from some of the

best placemakers


This course features ideas and insights from some of the leaders of the placemaking movement in Australasia:


David Engwicht - Creative Communities International

  • Lucinda Hartley - Neighbourlytics

Joanne Taylor - WSP

Brooke Williams - Fourfold Studio

  • Gilbert Rochecouste - Village Well

Mike Fisher - Activation Manager

Dean Cracknell at Town Team Movement

They collectively have decades of experiences in placemaking and working with local governments to achieve results.

Plus a welcome from Ethan Kent, Executive Director at PlacemakingX.

Satisfaction guaranteed!


We think that you will enjoy and benefit from completing this course.

If you are not satisfied with it within 30 days from date of purchase, we will refund the purchase price.


"This course did well in emphasising a permissions based, people led approach. That's where I think I got the most benefit from the course."

Price to complete the course in Australian dollars


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Price to complete the course in Australian dollars