When: January - April 2013

Location: Doug Lindsay Recreation Reserve, Creswick

Team: Michelle Emma James + Ammon Beyerle

Partners: Creswick Ward Community Committee (Judy Henderson, Audrey Winther, Maggie Robson), Hepburn Shire Council (Kathleen Branigan, Cr Don Henderson)

The Creswick Ward Community Committee (CWCC) is developing a community plan (Creswick Ward Community Plan) which sets out the future vision for Creswick 2013-2017. This will be submitted to Hepburn Shire Council in May 2013. CWCC produced an Interim Plan (December 2012) for feedback and ideas, and are hosting three meetings with the broader community, supported by Hepburn Shire Council, and facilitated by here studio.

here studio came across the project through Ammon's connection to Creswick in 2012. Ammon grew up in Ballarat and met members of the CWCC, Council and Creswick community in August and November 2012 whilst teaching a design studio and facilitating a research project about resilience to climate extremes for the Victorian Eco Innovation Lab (VEIL) and The Melbourne School of Design, The University of Melbourne.

The Creswick Ward Community Plan process involved three workshops and a facilitators' report to CWCC. The role of these workshops was to encourage discussion and share tools for the community’s own work and conversations.

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The facilitators' report was presented to the CWCC on 22 April 2013.

See below attached facilitators' report:

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The focus of the third workshop held on 20 March 2013 was: HOW DO WE DO IT? (together)

Information and maps produced and collated from the first 2 workshops were pinned up around the space. With a smaller turnout of participants than the previous workshops, we had four table groups plus one table dedicated for CWCC members.

Groups were asked to review the information collated and discuss what they were seeing. Are any patterns emerging? Is there anything missing? The main things stated by each of the four groups were: 1/ the need to choose goals and projects that were realistic and achievable and the suggestion of a project that all members of the community can participate in such as Clean-Up Australia Day, 2/ the importance of disparate groups actively working together and Council’s role in facilitating these community groups, 3/ starting with things that already exist in the community and getting those up to scratch first and building upon them, 4/ choosing a project that can be achieved ( based on realistic timeframes and budgets) and that the community can visibly see and say that it has been done.

Copies of four precedent community plans (Banyule, Port Philip, Sunshine Coast, Whittlesea) were made available to the groups to review and critique. Based on these plans by other communities, groups discussed: what do you want the Creswick Community Plan to be? What do you want your community plan to do?

The responses to these questions were presented directly to CWCC, and CWCC had an opportunity to respond back to the groups on what they had heard. Each of the four groups said: 1/ the need for a vision statement that is unique and specific to Creswick (and not a motherhood statement) and a clear and concise visual document that will help us to achieve the vision, 2/ prioritise the projects and set realistic timeframes, CWCC to facilitate and be accountable for communicating how projects are going, 3/ choosing a few short-term realistic/achievable projects that all members of the community can work on, rather than a long wish list, 4/ have a balance between a large long-term project that needs forward planning and smaller short-term projects that can be realistically achieved using resources already available in the community.

Here Studio will be preparing a facilitator’s report based on the three workshops to present to the CWCC on the 20 April 2013. CWCC stated that they will be producing a draft of the Community Plan within 8 weeks (end of May) for further community feedback, and that the amended Community Plan would be submitted to Council in June.

See below attached notes from the third workshop:

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The focus of the second workshop held on 20 February 2013 was: HOW DO WE COME TOGETHER? (and over what?)

Participants used an Outcomes Star to measure where on a scale of 1-5 they thought we
currently were as a community in relation to the five objectives already identified and developed by CWCC: (1) Community Participation & Partnerships, (2) Enhance Economic Development, (3) Develop & Enhance Arts, Heritage & Culture, (4) Create a Health and Safe Community, and (5) Ensure Environmental Sustainability. This tool can be used again throughout the lifetime of the Community Plan to measure goals and achievements.

Vision Statement -> Principles -> Identifying a project -> Project planning

Having reviewed the objectives, groups developed their own vision statements for the 2013-2017 Creswick Community Plan. They then discussed and developed principles, which would help them to achieve their vision statements. Next, a project was identified and questions were discussed and answered to begin a project planning process.

The projects which were chosen by the eight groups included:
-Aquatic Centre for Creswick and District
-Creative Creswick
-Fruits of the Forest Festival
-Heritage Buildings & Environments
-Lindsay’s Arts Trail & Magic Pudding Playground
-Local Food Produce & Shopping
-Protecting the Environment (natural and built)
-Secondary School

The process that participants undertook at this workshop can be replicated in more detail to develop the Community Plan to be not only action-based but also relating to clear visions and principles.

See below attached notes from the second workshop:

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The focus of the first workshop held on 6 February 2013 was: WHO ARE WE?

The things that people said they love most about Creswick were: the natural environment, the people, the community, the potential that it has, that it is small and quiet, its location, its heritage, the lifestyle, and that it is a great place to raise children.

Eight different maps were produced which identified community assets in the five general categories and the ten things featured most in the 2033 scenarios included:

- Secondary college
- Aquatic centre
- Walking/cycling trails
- Local food and produce/shopping
- Protecting natural environment including flood mitigation, planning overlays, conservation
- Improved public transport infrastructure
- Arts hub including Performing Arts Centre, theatre, cinema, events etc
- Light industry and business for employment
- Heritage buildings restored and maintained
- Bypass for trucks

See below attached notes from the first workshop:

(Last update: 21/3/13)


When: January - April 2013

Location: Doug Lindsay Recreation Reserve, Creswick

Team: Michelle Emma James + Ammon Beyerle

Partners: Creswick Ward Community Committee (Judy Henderson, Audrey Winther, Maggie Robson), Hepburn Shire Council (Kathleen Branigan, Cr Don Henderson)

The Creswick Ward Community Committee (CWCC) is developing a community plan (Creswick Ward Community Plan) which sets out the future vision for Creswick 2013-2017. This will be submitted to Hepburn Shire Council in May 2013. CWCC produced an Interim Plan (December 2012) for feedback and ideas, and are hosting three meetings with the broader community, supported by Hepburn Shire Council, and facilitated by here studio.

here studio came across the project through Ammon's connection to Creswick in 2012. Ammon grew up in Ballarat and met members of the CWCC, Council and Creswick community in August and November 2012 whilst teaching a design studio and facilitating a research project about resilience to climate extremes for the Victorian Eco Innovation Lab (VEIL) and The Melbourne School of Design, The University of Melbourne.

The Creswick Ward Community Plan process involved three workshops and a facilitators' report to CWCC. The role of these workshops was to encourage discussion and share tools for the community’s own work and conversations.

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The facilitators' report was presented to the CWCC on 22 April 2013.

See below attached facilitators' report:

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The focus of the third workshop held on 20 March 2013 was: HOW DO WE DO IT? (together)

Information and maps produced and collated from the first 2 workshops were pinned up around the space. With a smaller turnout of participants than the previous workshops, we had four table groups plus one table dedicated for CWCC members.

Groups were asked to review the information collated and discuss what they were seeing. Are any patterns emerging? Is there anything missing? The main things stated by each of the four groups were: 1/ the need to choose goals and projects that were realistic and achievable and the suggestion of a project that all members of the community can participate in such as Clean-Up Australia Day, 2/ the importance of disparate groups actively working together and Council’s role in facilitating these community groups, 3/ starting with things that already exist in the community and getting those up to scratch first and building upon them, 4/ choosing a project that can be achieved ( based on realistic timeframes and budgets) and that the community can visibly see and say that it has been done.

Copies of four precedent community plans (Banyule, Port Philip, Sunshine Coast, Whittlesea) were made available to the groups to review and critique. Based on these plans by other communities, groups discussed: what do you want the Creswick Community Plan to be? What do you want your community plan to do?

The responses to these questions were presented directly to CWCC, and CWCC had an opportunity to respond back to the groups on what they had heard. Each of the four groups said: 1/ the need for a vision statement that is unique and specific to Creswick (and not a motherhood statement) and a clear and concise visual document that will help us to achieve the vision, 2/ prioritise the projects and set realistic timeframes, CWCC to facilitate and be accountable for communicating how projects are going, 3/ choosing a few short-term realistic/achievable projects that all members of the community can work on, rather than a long wish list, 4/ have a balance between a large long-term project that needs forward planning and smaller short-term projects that can be realistically achieved using resources already available in the community.

Here Studio will be preparing a facilitator’s report based on the three workshops to present to the CWCC on the 20 April 2013. CWCC stated that they will be producing a draft of the Community Plan within 8 weeks (end of May) for further community feedback, and that the amended Community Plan would be submitted to Council in June.

See below attached notes from the third workshop:

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The focus of the second workshop held on 20 February 2013 was: HOW DO WE COME TOGETHER? (and over what?)

Participants used an Outcomes Star to measure where on a scale of 1-5 they thought we
currently were as a community in relation to the five objectives already identified and developed by CWCC: (1) Community Participation & Partnerships, (2) Enhance Economic Development, (3) Develop & Enhance Arts, Heritage & Culture, (4) Create a Health and Safe Community, and (5) Ensure Environmental Sustainability. This tool can be used again throughout the lifetime of the Community Plan to measure goals and achievements.

Vision Statement -> Principles -> Identifying a project -> Project planning

Having reviewed the objectives, groups developed their own vision statements for the 2013-2017 Creswick Community Plan. They then discussed and developed principles, which would help them to achieve their vision statements. Next, a project was identified and questions were discussed and answered to begin a project planning process.

The projects which were chosen by the eight groups included:
-Aquatic Centre for Creswick and District
-Creative Creswick
-Fruits of the Forest Festival
-Heritage Buildings & Environments
-Lindsay’s Arts Trail & Magic Pudding Playground
-Local Food Produce & Shopping
-Protecting the Environment (natural and built)
-Secondary School

The process that participants undertook at this workshop can be replicated in more detail to develop the Community Plan to be not only action-based but also relating to clear visions and principles.

See below attached notes from the second workshop:

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The focus of the first workshop held on 6 February 2013 was: WHO ARE WE?

The things that people said they love most about Creswick were: the natural environment, the people, the community, the potential that it has, that it is small and quiet, its location, its heritage, the lifestyle, and that it is a great place to raise children.

Eight different maps were produced which identified community assets in the five general categories and the ten things featured most in the 2033 scenarios included:

- Secondary college
- Aquatic centre
- Walking/cycling trails
- Local food and produce/shopping
- Protecting natural environment including flood mitigation, planning overlays, conservation
- Improved public transport infrastructure
- Arts hub including Performing Arts Centre, theatre, cinema, events etc
- Light industry and business for employment
- Heritage buildings restored and maintained
- Bypass for trucks

See below attached notes from the first workshop:

(Last update: 21/3/13)