What you have told us
Planisphere, working with Brand Architects, was engaged by the City of Greater Dandenong to hear from residents in the Keysborough South area about what is needed in a future community hub, and to talk about the need for schools in the area.
Keysborough South Community Hub project - Final Report, April 2016 (PDF - 19.9MB)
Keysborough South Community Hub - Engagement Report, April 2016 (PDF - 9MB)
The Keysborough South area
You may have participated in a Keysborough South Community Hub survey that was run in November and December 2015. In that survey, Council wanted to know your views on where the hub should be located, what services are required and the need for a new school. You may have also participated in Focus Group meetings held throughout November 2015.
Your feedback told us that there is a need for the following:
- A government primary school in Keysborough South
- A government secondary school in Keysborough South
- Child care centres in the area
- Distances travelled to access education and child care services by current residents (key destinations were Dingley, Springvale, Noble Park and Dandenong)
- The need for better public transport in the area (key focus on buses)
- Support for meeting rooms and office spaces in the community hub
- Concern about pedestrian safety around main roads (Dingley, Cheltenham, Springvale) as a barrier to accessing community facilities
- Support for co-locating community services on a school site such as child care, sports facilities and a library services.
The draft concept plans
To find out how you felt about the draft concept plans for the community hub, a reference group meeting was held and a new survey was distributed in February 2016.
At the reference group meeting, community members were involved in detailed conversations to provide input to some draft concept designs for the Keysborough South Community Hub. Emphasis was placed on specific design solutions that were developed by Brand Architects in response to the feedback received, as well as in response to Council’s earlier OurSay online forum.
The main feedback from the reference group meeting, Facebook discussions and draft concept plan survey was:
- Community preference that the Council be actively involved with managing the Community Hub
- Comments on the layout of the draft concept plans, including support for the community kitchen and cafe
- Youth spaces (eg a basketball court, all ages playground and places for young people to meet up)
- Facilities to run various programs and workshops, such as art classes
- Further discussion required about the size of the playground and outdoor area for childcare
- Support for the building being designed using Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD) and green star energy ratings/principles
- Discussion about the cafe being as prominently located as possible to make sure it has the best chance to be a successful business
- Concern that the building be accessible for those with limited mobility and prams.
- Outdoor and indoor spaces should be flexible, accessible and welcoming,
- Space for a community garden and kitchen
- Outdoor exercise equipment
The Facebook group has been very popular and currently has approximately 240 members. We have been using it to disseminate information regarding upcoming events and publicising the project website, survey and project team contacts. Many residents have been actively participating in discussion and ‘liking’ posts.
Strength of the online engagement on Facebook so far has been in collecting comments about the types of services people would like to see in the community hub. For example:
- Meeting rooms and office spaces for people working from home
- Cafes and small retail areas that help create a meeting place and character
- Health and wellbeing facilities
Ongoing discussion on the page and continued updates from the project team which are scheduled throughout the project will ensure the richness of online conversation is captured to inform the current and upcoming stages of the project.