Councils to use community feedback tool in planning processes


A new platform has been developed by the University of Sydney's Smart Urbanism Lab project that will increase community involvement in the planning and evaluation of major projects in the cities of Logan in Queensland and Canada Bay in Sydney.

The platform will enable local governments to capture, visualise and analyse conversations on social media to augment existing planning and consultation processes.

Mayor of the City of Canada Bay Angelo Tsirekas said the platform would be used to examine feedback around the transformation of Parramatta Road and inform the Five Dock revitalisation.

“The City of Canada Bay is a progressive Council, proactively engaging with the community on strategic planning, pioneering participatory democratic approaches, and is engaged in several major infrastructure projects within the local government area,” Cr Tsirekas said.

“This is a great opportunity to further engage with the community to make our city more liveable.”

Acting Mayor of Logan City Council Cherie Dalley said the research in Logan City would examine feedback around the master planning for Cronulla Park and the Yarrabilba community development.

“Social media and online communication has changed the way citizens engage in all aspects of their lives, from shopping and education to how their communities are being planned and developed,” Cr Dalley said.

“This project, aiming to enhance community participation in the planning and evaluation of major urban projects, is good news for the residents of our city.”

The Australian Government committed $100,000 toward the project with the University of Sydney also committing $100,000.

The University of Sydney worked in partnership with City of Canada Bay, Logan City Council, KPMG and Telstra.

Image: Artists impression of Yarrabilba's future town centre

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