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Placemaking is a multi-faceted approach to the planning, design and management of public spaces such as town centre hubs and business districts.

The placemaking concept has a strong focus on community-led action and collaboration with government and other stakeholders.

It has been shown to contribute towards improved safety, better physical and mental health and increased support for local businesses.

It is also a great vehicle for promoting creativity and helping to instil a sense of belonging and civic pride. 

You can join the hundreds of other local government staff from 75 councils across WA that have already capitalised on this exciting opportunity by visiting our website for instructions on how to access this training for free.

We’ve received excellent feedback from officers and elected representatives who have participated in the training.

Kim Walsh, an Officer with the Shire of Wongan-Ballidu, said that the training widened her perspective on how to create and encourage change.

“One of the key messages I took away from the training session was that placemaking is like making a house a home.

“I believe this statement perfectly highlights how placemaking can truly make a difference to our communities and in turn our lives. It should be a priority for anyone involved in the local government sector.”

An Officer from the Shire of Derby also said it was an opportunity to learn from likeminded people invested in creating welcoming spaces.

“A point that stuck with me was that if you design for cars, there’ll be more cars, but if you design for people then there’ll be more people.

“Placemaking is important to me because it’s about how small projects and activities in shared spaces can gradually make great improvements to people’s lives.”

She also shared that the training had encouraged her to think about turning part of a property into a shared space.

“It’s always been dream of mine to start a community music centre in Derby.” 


Page reviewed 27 February 2023