Cotham Village – community site

Cotham Village – community site

Cotham Village is a community lead project that connects people through a website, social media and our village to meet, walk, connect, improve and enjoy things local. We will be crowdsourcing shops and activities so we can walk to what we need and want. We will be creating place based funky tea towels and pillow cases with local Cotham Village travel walks and transport graphics.

Helaine Stanley, Kew, Australia

Cotham Village is a local strip shopping area/community hub in a suburb of Melbourne (Australia). A community lead initiative has commenced and is developing a website, social media to bring local together to help bring local services to the immediate area so the area is more walkable.

Bringing things to us so we can walk
The area is missing some shops and other services that would save locals having to travel to access these products and services. This is being achieved through crowdsourcing needed and wanted services such as adults creative activity spaces, after school activities and a fruit and vegetable shop.

Improving our place and rewarding people
We are creating a community lead master plan for our area and getting the local Council involved to co-fund improvements. Improvements will be street beautification and traffic calming and planning from a community perspective that we can set about trying to achieve with the appropriate authorities. The improvements will be partially community funded with crowdfunding soon underway and rewards (linked to the crowdfunding) will include funky tea towels and cushions with graphics of local walks and transport maps in stylish graphic format.

Bringing people together so we can walk and connect
The website and social media is being developed so people can set up local walking groups starting and finishing at Cotham Village.

The project includes the promotion of walking from a place-based approach, i.e. bringing the services we need closer to us and from a social walk perspective where locals can connect and engage through walking- getting to know your neighbours and local community and improving health along the way.

Submitter

Helaine Stanley, Kew, Australia

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