Vic­to­ria Park part of Town Team Move­ment

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - FRONT PAGE -

PLACE­MAK­ING ex­perts will dis­cuss ways the com­mu­nity can en­cour­age ac­ti­va­tion at Perth’s first Town Team Move­ment Con­fer­ence on September 14 and 15.

The two-day con­fer­ence will host key­note speak­ers, in­clud­ing Re­new New­cas­tle and Re­new Aus­tralia founder Mar­cus West­bury, Whad­juk Balar­dong Nyun­gar custodian In­grid Cum­ming and Epoch Foun­da­tion co-founder Gil­bert Rochecouste .

Town Team Move­ment chief ex­ec­u­tive Dean Crack­nell said the con­fer­ence would be “more like a fes­ti­val of in­spi­ra­tion, ideas and in­ter­ac­tion”.

“Like-minded in­di­vid­u­als will come to­gether and learn from place-mak­ing and gov­er­nance ex­perts from across Aus­tralia,” he said.

He said at­ten­dees would ex­plore how to in­spire, en­cour­age and em­power cit­i­zens to start ac­ti­vat­ing and im­prov­ing their pub­lic spa­ces to make their com­mu­nity more vi­brant.

“It will be a great op­por­tu­nity to look at the chal­lenges fac­ing lo­cal and state gov­ern­ments and busi­nesses who want to de­velop ac­tive town and sub­ur­ban cen­tres,” he said.

Act­ing Town of Vic­to­ria Park chief ex­ec­u­tive Natalie Martin Goode said the Town had worked closely with the Vic Park Col­lec­tive for sev­eral years.

“We are now in the midst of grow­ing our place plan­ning team to en­ter a new era that brings us to the fore of the Town Team Move­ment,” she said.

The con­fer­ence will be held in a num­ber of venues in the emerg­ing West End arts precinct be­tween New­cas­tle Street and Gra­ham Farmer Free­way in West Perth.

Con­fer­ence tick­ets are avail­able at www.tinyurl. com/TTMConf.­mu­ni­ d485436 Pic­ture: Andrew Ritchie

Town Team Move­ment CEO Dean Crack­nell will lead the charge to build vi­brant town and sub­ur­ban cen­tres.

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