High Wycombe Shared Path Decorative Project

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Submissions for the High Wycombe Shared Path Decorative Project closed on 21 April 2020. Please stay tuned to this page for future updates!

Consultation for this project has concluded. The summary of community consultation is outlined below

Consultation Process

The City of Kalamunda was awarded funding under the Western Australian Bicycle Network Grants (WABN) Program to design and deliver improved bicycle routes in High Wycombe. The project will install shared paths that will connect students, residents and workers in the vicinity of High Wycombe to the new train station.

The City of Kalamunda, in partnership with The Place Team (Town Team Movement) facilitated a three-stage process to engage with the community. The results have been used to inform a final art design brief for local indigenous artist, Aurora Abraham.

Stage One - Co-Designing Community Values with Young People:

Organising workshops with approx 90 students at High Wycombe Primary School and Matthew Gibney Catholic Primary School on March 13, 2020. Our team facilitated artistic design workshops and storytelling sessions utilising different methods to engage with young people.

The primary school students were asked to:

  • Share and draw their experiences with friends and families, riding bicycles and scooters, walking through their neighbourhood and hanging out in public spaces throughout High Wycombe.
  • ‘Freely’ draw their stories hanging out with mates in High Wycombe on long sheets of butcher’s paper during lunch period. Students were also encouraged to add comments and ideas to other students’ drawings.
  • Aurora Abraham presented her local indigenous family history and information regarding the six seasons for the purpose of sharing some of her own community values and indigenous knowledge. The students were able to ask questions about her stories and draw images of how it made them feel about High Wycombe.

Stage Two – Interactive Survey:

  • Publishing an interactive online survey and short video explaining the results of stage one. The survey was made available for all High Wycombe residents to participate between 7 – 21 April 2020. The purpose of the survey was to prioritise and comment on the community values and initial design ideas.

Stage Three – Outcomes Report and Final Design Principles:

  • Developing an engagement outcomes report and artistic brief with defined community values and design principles for local aboriginal artist, Aurora Abraham, to complete final art treatments for the future shared paths in High Wycombe.

Outcomes


Community Value
Design Principle
Storytelling and the Natural Environment
As a result of all engagement conversations and survey results, it is clearly evident that the High Wycombe community values the local natural environment. Young people have even clearly articulated through their own visual and artistic storytelling how much they enjoy feeling the brush of tree branches and crunching sound of dried leaves as they ride their bikes and scooters throughout local parks. More widely, the community has expressed a keen interest to understand more about the indigenous history in High Wycombe.
High Wycombe is a natural place; always has been and always will be. Our community values and respects the smell, touch, feel and significance of being surrounded in nature. We are also excited to visually learn more about High Wycombe’s connection to boodja and sharing the local ancient stories with our wider community.
A Healthy, Respectful and Active Community
Throughout our engagement program, young people and the wider community have positively commented on the value of local parks, being respectful and the ability to cycle and walk most places. The stories shared from the High Wycombe respondents represent the creative, healthy and memorable experiences of the local community.
High Wycombe is positively connected through our shared experiences of walking, cycling and playing in public spaces with our mates. We live in a truly unique place and look forward to our healthy and active stories of play, respect and active friendships being represented. We hope our involvement has expressed a new sense of pride, joy and excitement into our friendly and supportive community.
High Wycombe is a place for everyone
Our engagement program was considered a success because it truly represents the High Wycombe community. Young people listened, discussed and even created drawings of the values they appreciate in High Wycombe. The community was provided with the opportunity to learn about Aurora’s indigenous moort, local stories and the six seasons. And a representation of each age bracket within the community commented on the interactive survey. The engagement outcomes therefore represent an authentic understanding of the High Wycombe local ‘voice’ and the community enjoyed being part of the conversation. Most importantly, the community is looking forward to using the shared paths and admiring the local artworks being represented in ‘our’ public spaces.
Our community respects being listened to, learning from each other and being truly represented in our active public spaces. This is an empowered and connected place. We look forward to the future, understanding more about our past and continuing to always learn from each other.


To view the outcomes of the student workshops and online survey, please take a look at the Engagement Report.

Consultation for this project has concluded. The summary of community consultation is outlined below

Consultation Process

The City of Kalamunda was awarded funding under the Western Australian Bicycle Network Grants (WABN) Program to design and deliver improved bicycle routes in High Wycombe. The project will install shared paths that will connect students, residents and workers in the vicinity of High Wycombe to the new train station.

The City of Kalamunda, in partnership with The Place Team (Town Team Movement) facilitated a three-stage process to engage with the community. The results have been used to inform a final art design brief for local indigenous artist, Aurora Abraham.

Stage One - Co-Designing Community Values with Young People:

Organising workshops with approx 90 students at High Wycombe Primary School and Matthew Gibney Catholic Primary School on March 13, 2020. Our team facilitated artistic design workshops and storytelling sessions utilising different methods to engage with young people.

The primary school students were asked to:

  • Share and draw their experiences with friends and families, riding bicycles and scooters, walking through their neighbourhood and hanging out in public spaces throughout High Wycombe.
  • ‘Freely’ draw their stories hanging out with mates in High Wycombe on long sheets of butcher’s paper during lunch period. Students were also encouraged to add comments and ideas to other students’ drawings.
  • Aurora Abraham presented her local indigenous family history and information regarding the six seasons for the purpose of sharing some of her own community values and indigenous knowledge. The students were able to ask questions about her stories and draw images of how it made them feel about High Wycombe.

Stage Two – Interactive Survey:

  • Publishing an interactive online survey and short video explaining the results of stage one. The survey was made available for all High Wycombe residents to participate between 7 – 21 April 2020. The purpose of the survey was to prioritise and comment on the community values and initial design ideas.

Stage Three – Outcomes Report and Final Design Principles:

  • Developing an engagement outcomes report and artistic brief with defined community values and design principles for local aboriginal artist, Aurora Abraham, to complete final art treatments for the future shared paths in High Wycombe.

Outcomes


Community Value
Design Principle
Storytelling and the Natural Environment
As a result of all engagement conversations and survey results, it is clearly evident that the High Wycombe community values the local natural environment. Young people have even clearly articulated through their own visual and artistic storytelling how much they enjoy feeling the brush of tree branches and crunching sound of dried leaves as they ride their bikes and scooters throughout local parks. More widely, the community has expressed a keen interest to understand more about the indigenous history in High Wycombe.
High Wycombe is a natural place; always has been and always will be. Our community values and respects the smell, touch, feel and significance of being surrounded in nature. We are also excited to visually learn more about High Wycombe’s connection to boodja and sharing the local ancient stories with our wider community.
A Healthy, Respectful and Active Community
Throughout our engagement program, young people and the wider community have positively commented on the value of local parks, being respectful and the ability to cycle and walk most places. The stories shared from the High Wycombe respondents represent the creative, healthy and memorable experiences of the local community.
High Wycombe is positively connected through our shared experiences of walking, cycling and playing in public spaces with our mates. We live in a truly unique place and look forward to our healthy and active stories of play, respect and active friendships being represented. We hope our involvement has expressed a new sense of pride, joy and excitement into our friendly and supportive community.
High Wycombe is a place for everyone
Our engagement program was considered a success because it truly represents the High Wycombe community. Young people listened, discussed and even created drawings of the values they appreciate in High Wycombe. The community was provided with the opportunity to learn about Aurora’s indigenous moort, local stories and the six seasons. And a representation of each age bracket within the community commented on the interactive survey. The engagement outcomes therefore represent an authentic understanding of the High Wycombe local ‘voice’ and the community enjoyed being part of the conversation. Most importantly, the community is looking forward to using the shared paths and admiring the local artworks being represented in ‘our’ public spaces.
Our community respects being listened to, learning from each other and being truly represented in our active public spaces. This is an empowered and connected place. We look forward to the future, understanding more about our past and continuing to always learn from each other.


To view the outcomes of the student workshops and online survey, please take a look at the Engagement Report.

Submissions for the High Wycombe Shared Path Decorative Project closed on 21 April 2020. Please stay tuned to this page for future updates!

  • Background

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    26 May 2020

    The City of Kalamunda has been awarded funding under the Western Australian Bicycle Network Grants (WABN) Program to design and deliver improved bicycle routes in High Wycombe. The project will install shared paths that will connect students, residents and workers in the vicinity of High Wycombe to the new train station.

    In collaboration with Town Team Movement, the City has conducted engagement sessions with local primary schools in High Wycombe to gain their insights, opinions and artistic impressions regarding the High Wycombe community values. These include the cultural background and ancestry of local story teller and indigenous artist Aurora Abraham, their daily activities within the community, what they see at the local parks and how they travel to school and activities within the community. looking to collaborate with High Wycombe residents to share their stories about the suburb of High Wycombe and be part of the decorative art treatments design process.

    Where will this take place?

    The new shared paths will commence in Kiandra Way in High Wycombe, passing through John MacLarty Park, and Newburn Road and up to Palmer Crescent. Got more questions? Take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions for more information on this project. Get Involved!

    Based on the engagement sessions with primary school students in High Wycombe, a number of themes and ideas were developed are now being put to the High Wycombe community to vote for their favourite idea! View the themes and vote by taking our online survey.

    Do you have an eye for design or creative flair? Do you have an idea, image or vision that you feel reflects the spirit of the High Wycombe community? If so, get out your pencils and get sketching! Download our sketch form, put your vision to paper and upload as an attachment with your online survey, or submit to enquiries@kalamunda.wa.gov.au (put in subject heading: High Wycombe Shared Path Decorative Project).

    Get in quick! Comments close Tuesday 21 April 2020.