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The results are in

11 Feb 2016

The results are in Image

Peace and quiet, green space, diversity and community were the four major themes, which emerged from phase one of the public engagement on transforming Southbank Boulevard.

The City of Melbourne commissioned consultant The Space Agency to conduct a series of community engagement events from November last year on what the 2.5 ha of future open space could look like.  

In its report released on February 2, the consultant said it received 639 survey responses from 130 hours of community engagement.

Engagement methods included pop-up community consultations, community workshops, lobby installations as well as the major street party event on November 29 last year, which attracted more than 1400 people.

Of those surveyed, 30 per cent were Southbank residents, 21 per cent were workers, 10 per cent lived nearby, 9.5 per cent were local students and 27 per cent were visitors.

The predominant theme in the results was the need for green space, with nearly all respondents stating that the new space should offer a “sanctuary” in the area.

Respondents also indicated that the space should reflect the diversity of its users and provide a place for the community to interact.

As the original home of the Woi Wurrung and Boon Wurrung peoples, the report also stated that the project was an “excellent opportunity” to implement recommendations of the City of Melbourne’s (CoM) Aboriginal Heritage Action Plan (2015-18).

The Space Agency in collaboration with the CoM will now devise an ideas plan, which will be put to the community in March as part of phase two of the consultation process.

For more information and to read the full report visit participate.melbourne.vic.gov.au/southbankboulevard

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