Why do this online course?
We all want to see places thrive, community members to connect, our local businesses resilient and strong and our environment cared for. And we know that local governments play such an important role in all this, but they don't have unlimited funds and resources to make all this happen by themselves.
Local governments are uniquely placed to be the enablers, promoters and supporters of placemaking in their communities. This short course explains the what, why, who and how of placemaking.
It can improve outcomes for the community, build a positive, collaborative culture within your local government and potentially save money. It's a powerful set of ideas and tools.
“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
It is a fresh approach to timeless ideas - not a new fad! It incorporates timeless ideas of contributing to community and civic improvement. It's a mix of ancient principles and modern urban contexts.
Who is it designed for?
Whilst it is primarily written for Councillors and Elected Representatives in an Australian context, it may be relevant for local governments around the world. It does not cover legislative and regulatory requirements.
It provides principles, ideas and approaches for making it happen in any country.