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Launceston Play Strategy Project

Play strategy consultation and design (with Launceston Forum, 2006–7)

The challenge

The rural market town of Launceston is ringed to the north and west by peripheral residential housing neighbourhoods. Community action group, Launceston Forum had identified these neighbourhoods’ low social and environmental indices and poor social facilities (including play). They appointed Westley Design to develop and deliver a Program of public play consultation events leading to neighbourhood play strategies and masterplans.

What we did

Westley Design devised and delivered an inclusive, community consultation process and visioning process for play proposals across three neighborhoods within Launceston. We held a series of consultation events, culminating in three ‘Fun Days’, one per neighborhood, at which a variety of activities and entertainments were provided to demonstrate the play and amenity potential of each space. A variety of workshop and creative consultation formats were provided to generate feedback. From this material Westley Design produced a play strategy and master plan for each site.

The result

The proposals were approved by each community team and are now helping Launceston Forum in the process to secure funding in partnership with the local planning authority and town council.

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