Children's Botanic Gardens
Gold Coast City Council
Engagement to inform the development of a world-class garden, play space and learning hub that stimulates the interaction and imagination of children of all abilities.
Plan C delivered engagement to inform the development of a world-class garden, play space and learning hub that stimulates the interaction and imagination of children of all abilities. The approach ensured that all children – the eventual primary users of the garden – had a significant role in contributing ideas and were engaged in a highly participatory manner.
The 2007 'Gardens Alive Festival' provided Plan C with a unique opportunity to produce a 'Children's SpeakOut' as a major consultation activity for the Children's Garden. The 'Children's SpeakOut' was a vibrant, engaging and informative space for children to interact with, and provide vital input into the design of the Children's Garden through a range of activities.
The SpeakOut is a leading practice approach to community engagement, as it encourages participants to engage with the particular elements of a project that interest them.
Based on garden elements favoured by children and adults through the engagement process, Plan C produced a design brief. It included recommendations for site design and layout, ideal plants and built elements, secret places and discovery, as well as maintenance and management, ideal involvement of local organisations and accessibility options.
#Key Outcomes Achieved
A community engagement program with strong social justice principles to assist children and adults in conceptualising what they would like the Children's Garden to include.
Ensured that all children – the eventual primary users of the garden –had a significant role in contributing ideas and were engaged in a highly participatory manner.
Ensured that the key stakeholders of the space were invested through the process through the multiple engagements of the Friends of the Rosser Park Gold Coast Regional Botanical Gardens.
Co-design workshops for Townsville and Gold Coast Youth Foyers (Department of Housing and Public Works)
Planning and facilitating collaborative design workshops for new Youth Foyer developments on the Gold Coast and in Townsville.
Building the community's ideas and visions into the development of a major public space of citywide significance to the Gold Coast.
Ensuring sustainable use and enjoyment of cherished public open spaces on Minjerribah through the right balance of commercial and community uses.
Incorporating connections and activities for young people into the existing built form, where the development of traditional youth spaces is constrained
A widespread and collaborative community engagement process to capture the community’s ideas, visions and requirements for the Redland Youth Plaza.
Identifying solutions to meet the needs of different multicultural groups for spaces and facilities to support their community, cultural and religious activities.
Managing the co-design process for the re-development of social housing for Indigenous women and children, Plan C facilitated communications, meetings and a stakeholder co-design workshop.