Selandra Community Place

The Need

Without a place and programs through which to connect, residents can feel socially isolated and disconnected from their community. Such a situation often negatively impacts residents' satisfaction with their neighbourhood and their personal well-being.

Selandra Community Place (SCP) was explicitly developed to provide early amenity for the first residents of the growing Clyde North community. By proactively providing the space and good reasons for residents to meet and be actively involved in local activities, the hub is key to an engaged and healthy community from the onset.

Selandra Community Place opened in March 2012 within four months of the first resident moving in. It launched with a full calendar of classes, drop-in socials, business networking sessions, sports and fitness activities.

SCP was designed and resourced to allow residents to connect, learn and truly embrace the essence of community from the beginning. Capitalising upon its prominent and accessible position at the front corner of the Display Village, SCP also provides an opportunity for visitors and residents to connect and learn about how to save money while living more sustainably.

Selandra Community Place plays an important role in the broader objective of the Selandra Rise demonstration project. The following key outcomes guided the development:

  • To proactively engage residents by employing a place-based Community Development Officer full-time at SCP
  • To create a space to facilitate community interaction, inclusiveness, and sense of belonging
  • To encourage the community to enjoy a healthier lifestyle by taking advantage of the features of Selandra Rise, and the SCP health and fitness programs
  • To educate visitors and residents about saving money using engaging media to provide sustainability tips about how to save water, decrease energy use, minimise waste, and improve their health and wellbeing
  • To display superior design that improves energy and water efficiency using the latest technology.

The innovation

The demonstration project provided an ideal opportunity to deliver a community hub in a new and different way, much sooner than the standard model. A number of organisations rallied behind the concept including the City of Casey, Stockland, Henley Homes and the South East Councils Climate Change Alliance (SECCCA).

The display village offered the opportunity to have a dual purpose for the hub, that of resident community centre and visitor demonstration home. The combination of these two audiences created an ideal opportunity to collaborate not only with the developer, but also with a builder; Henley Homes who were able to demonstrate their commitment and capacity to build more sustainable homes.

The City of Casey also forged a relationship with SECCCA, who were drawn to the opportunity to provide sustainability education and programming to influence household habits and decision-making amongst both audiences.

The Selandra Rise Partnership

The Selandra Rise partnership is a partnership between industry, government and the private sector with the objective of improving the design standards of suburbs and improving health and wellbeing outcomes in new communities.

The partners are:

  • Stockland
  • City of Casey
  • The Metropolitan Planning Authority (previously the Growth Areas Authority)
  • The Planning Institute of Australia
  • Vic-Health/RMIT (undertaking evaluation)

The values of Selandra Rise partnership are:

  • Openness. Collaboratively sharing of information
  • Teamwork. Sharing the workload and playing a role in the outcomes
  • Leadership. Delivering a blueprint and educating along the way
  • Commitment. To improved community health and wellbeing outcomes
  • Innovation. Testing new ideas that make a difference to the health and wellbeing of the community.
  • The Partnership has been critical in focusing on shared objectives and outcomes. The shared agenda and the creation of shared ownership has been central to the successful delivery of the Selandra Community Place demonstration project. Importantly, the community has been involved in co-creating Selandra Rise, with partners empowering residents to shape and inform how the project is delivered.

    Visit the Selandra Community Place website for more information.

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