The 2018 Liveable Cities Conference is being held next month over 16 – 17 July at the Pullman Melbourne on the Park.
Now in its 11th year, this Conference will continue to explore the liveability of our metropolitan and regional urban centres.
Mr. Chris Bracher, Community Development Manager – Masterplanned Communities at Mirvac joins us at the conference to discuss ‘Community Connectedness – “Measuring the Un-Measurable”‘.
Master-planned communities on the fringes of major Australian cities nowadays often excel in the delivery of beautiful built form and community spaces. Whilst planning statute requires a base level commitment to such outcomes, the bigger developers often go well beyond the minimum physical commitment in search of a point of commercial difference. As the eventual custodians of these places, local governments inherit some wonderful assets as a result.
However, in the absence of mandated developer investment in social planning, thoughtful commitment to authentic community development remains thin on the ground and low on the priority list.
There is a growing body of knowledge about the potential for poor personal and community wellness outcomes to accrue within this environment. In the face of this, the Woodlea development (a Mirvac/VIP joint venture in Melbourne’s west) and The Institute of Future Environments at Queensland University of Technology have teamed up for a 5-year longitudinal study with a view to measuring the traditionally “un-measurable” i.e. aggregated qualitative feedback that can provide meaningful insights as to the behind the scenes wellbeing of the community.
The notion of personal connectedness to a place of residence and its associated networks at the heart of the QUT examination. “Woodlea Connect” looks to build upon the basic industry understanding of the challenges inherent in establishing a new life in such an area.
Understanding the diverse meanings and impacts of personal and community connectedness for residents living in a new community is at the heart of the study. “Woodlea Connect” builds upon the basic industry understanding of the challenges inherent in establishing a new life in such an area. These challenges can include long work commutes, disconnection from previous social networks, lack of transport mobility, cultural misalignment and loneliness.
Prof Laurie Buys from QUT and Chris Bracher from Woodlea hope to shine a light on the evolution of this unique partnership and the shared values that under-pin it. In addition, some early insights into the aggregated community response to the first examination can be expected.
A defining career philosophy for Chris has been the fundamental human need for connection and belonging. His work within both residential and sports communities has given practical expression to this theme. In recent years, Chris’s work with Mirvac’s Victorian master-planned residential communities has centred around the creation and support of embedded, ground-up community development. Embodied within this work is a commitment to better understand personal wellness triggers to maximise resilience, build capacity and ensure genuinely sustainable community outcomes.
For more information on the upcoming 2018 Liveable Cities Conference in Melbourne and to secure your spot please visit liveablecities.org.au