The South Hedland and KTY youth-led placemaking projects were awarded the Great Place and Community Wellbeing & Diversity Awards at the recent Planning Institute of Australia WA in Awards for Planning Excellence.
They were collaborative projects that focused on enabling and empowering young people to play a key role in creating public places and building a sense of pride, belonging and ownership within the community.
We love the judges comments and their recognition of the approach:
‘The project creates something different for the community; creating an attractive and inspiring place built from the grit and motivation of young people to give back to their neighbourhood, their families and their Elders. The project is repeatable, transferrable and develops a can-do attitude amongst those involved.’
‘This project is an inspiration to regional communities struggling to entertain and retain young people and marginalised communities; placing youth in the centre of community and decision making to build meaningful civic engagement.’
‘The health and wellbeing benefits of an engaged youth in the community cannot be underestimated in the overall health and wellbeing of a community, longer term retention of families, and safe, secure places. The project sees youth from predominantly Indigenous background at the centre, delivering tangible long-term outcomes through co-design and co-delivery, and providing a springboard to ongoing volunteerism, community leadership and ownership of place.’
‘This project illustrates how centering everyday people can deliver outstanding and lasting social outcomes for the community.’
Read more about the South Hedland Aboriginal youth placemaking project at www.townteammovement.com/placemaking-by-aboriginal-youth/.
We would like to thank our partners RAC WA (who took out four awards on the night! Congratulations RAC you are the ultimate community enablers in this space!) Town of Port Hedland, FOLLOW THE DREAM FOUNDATIONKariyarra Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC, activate south Hedland town team and The Shire of Trayning and everyone else involved for making it happen!