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Placemaking: making it happen in local governments group learning sessions April 2024

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Placemaking: making it happen in local governments

Online Group Learning Sessions - April 2024

Join us to learn about how to make placemaking happen in your local government together with colleagues from around Australia and New Zealand. The sessions are based on the curriculum in the Placemaking: making it happen in local governments online course, but the sessions will also include interactive and breakout room activities

All sessions are at the same time of 1.00pm AEST / 11.00am WA / 3.00pm NZ for 1.5 hours and will be held via Zoom.

Come to every session, or choose which ones you would like to attend. Please register for each session in order to guarantee your place!

Wed. 10 April - What is placemaking and why is it important for local govts? 

Key topics will include:

    What is placemaking?

    Why is placemaking important for local governments?

    What makes a great place?

    Shifting from doing For to doing With communities

    Turning problems into opportunities

    Placemaking as a way to mitigate strategic and project risks

    How placemaking differs from standard practices

    The economic, environmental and social benefits of placemaking

    Wed. 17 April - The placemaking mindset and key concepts 

    Key topics will include:

    The placemaking mindset

    Key placemaking concepts

    Are you managing the place to life, or death?

    The 'hardware' and 'software' of places

    The assumptions behind the roles of government and citizens

    The components of place

    Places as machines vs Places as systems

    Tactical urbanism

    Wed. 24 April - The important skills and engaging the community 

    Key topics will include:

    The important skills required for successful placemaking

    Engaging the community

    Letting go of the need to control

    The Placemaking Participation Spectrum

    How to learn the skills needed

    Building on strengths rather than fixing problems

    Recruiting for a placemaking role

    Placemaking as a way to break out of “The Council needs to …” loop

    Wed. 1 May - Facilitating a process, mistakes to avoid + tips for success

    Key topics will include:

    Placemaking on a small budget

    Project delivery approaches

    The importance of stories

    Masterplanning compared with place enabling

    Encouraging and enabling businesses and residents to be placemakers

    Eleven common mistakes

    Setting up and managing a placemaking process

    Tips for making it happen

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Q: Can I join if I work in a local government outside of Australia or New Zealand?

    A: Yes! Please do.

    Q: Can I join if I don't work in a local government?

    A: No. These sessions are just for local government employees or Councillors.

    Q: Do I need to attend all 4 sessions?

    A: No you don't. You can come to 1, 2, 3 or 4 sessions. Even just attending one session might be very valuable and you will get to meet colleagues from elsewhere.

    Q: What will the sessions cover?

    A: The sessions will be based on the curriculum in the Placemaking: making it happen in local governments online course, but the sessions will also include interactive and breakout room activities. It is an opportunity to learn with your peers. 

    Q: Do I need to purchase or enrol in the Placemaking: making it happen in local governments online course in order to participate?

    A: No, although we would suggest that you do in order to get the maximum benefit from this style of learning. We will be using lessons from the course as the basis for discussions and notes will not be provided to attendees after sessions have finished. 

    Q: How can I purchase the Placemaking: making it happen in local governments online course?

    A: You can find out more about the course and how to purchase it at If you are based in Western Australia, please email to see how you can access the course for free!

    Q: Can our local government pay via tax invoice instead of online using a credit card?

    A: Yes you can. Please email a request through to Please provide the number of sessions you would like to attend, attendees names and email addresses and a purchase order number. We will then register you for the sessions and email out a tax invoice. 

    Q: Does the $50 per person per session price include GST?

    A: Yes it does.

    Q: Why is it free for local governments in Western Australia?

    A: The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries in Western Australia has sponsored online placemaking training for all local government staff and Elected Members in Western Australia - over 22,000 people! This training is an extension of the sponsorship. 

    Got another question? Please email and will be happy to help.

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