Update: 26 May 2020: High Wycombe Shared Path Decorative Project Engagement Outcomes

by Katrina.Bergin,

The City of Kalamunda was awarded funding under the Western Australian Bicycle Network Grants (WABN) Program(External link) 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.

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

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