Feedback and Co-Design
Between July – September 2017, we asked for community feedback on the masterplan concepts which were released in July 2017.
An estimated 400 people visited a masterplan display and/or viewed the virtual reality experience, 252 visited a pop-up engagement session, 60 plus groups attended a briefing with the project team, and over 3,600 people visited the northern expansion webpage over the duration of the consultation.
Across the consultation process, the most common themes of the feedback received were:
- The desire to maximise community access to the Inveresk Precinct. This feedback was overwhelmingly positive and included the desire for community spaces for activities such as markets and outdoor events and facilities that could be used by community groups.
- The need for more information about plans to address existing traffic congestion around the Inveresk Precinct and to ensure adequate access to car parking in the future.
- High interest by local, state and national businesses from a wide range of sectors in being involved in the project, ranging from requests for meetings and information about the masterplan, queries about employment opportunities and interest in being kept up to date on developments.
The three most common positive messages were:
- The project will lift educational attainment and will have flow-on effects for the community
- Local and state businesses are keenly interested in maximising opportunities arising from the project
- There is a strong desire to see outdoor entertainment areas, community gardens and sporting facilities and other shared spaces provided for community use.
As the project moves into the design and development application phase of progressing the development, the University and its partners will continue to engage with the Launceston community, taking on the specific suggestions received throughout this co-design process, to ensure:
- That the precinct is designed to maximise community access and involvement
- That the business community is well informed about opportunities to engage with the project
- That the rationale for the move from Newnham to Inveresk and progress on the project is well understood throughout the community.
The feedback to date will be used to inform the future development of the Inveresk Precinct. The involvement of the community will be critical as the precinct evolves.