Growing the economy
Welcoming CBDs and vibrant main streets benefit businesses, investors, developers and property owners, creating spaces for people to enjoy.
Promoting cooperation through mutually beneficial partnerships contributes to strong, resilient communities where a variety of voices are heard and celebrated.
A proactive placemaking approach offers the chance for people shape a place for shared benefit; it is where sustainability meets liveability.
Local places and spaces that are valued by the community are usually also the ones that attract and are admired by visitors, creating a memorable, shareable experience.
Creating authentic places and spaces offers opportunities for the community to reflect who they really are, from the past to the future and to find new, creative ways to express their identity.
Whats Your Story
The Queanbeyan portrait mural project
Stories are a timeless link to places, people, memories, history, experiences and events. Through stories we can share our passions, skills, opinions, purpose and joys. Stories are powerful and they are the common ground for us all to connect with each other. Through this project, ongoing throughout early 2019, the QPRC placemaking team is seeking to capture the strength, diversity and history of Queanbeyan, through stories and faces of the people that live there.
A successful grant application has enabled the QPRC placemaking team to deliver a transformational portrait mural in the Queanbeyan CBD. To find the subject matter of the portrait, the community of Queanbeyan will nominate subjects via a competition, seeking to find a face and story that symbolises Queanbeyan. This process of storytelling will tap into the collective distinct persona of Queanbeyan and begin to bring it to life through public art.
The renowned Wollongong mural artist Claire Foxton, will select the subject matter from submitted competition entries, which Claire will interpret and paint in her own style.
Implementing the ‘What’s Your Story?’ Queanbeyan portrait mural is one step towards creating a highly-valued public realm that will foster people’s enjoyment of their city environment and encourage social and economic activity, as well as the potential for tourism.
Entries for the competition close on March 1st with installation of the mural itself starting in early April.
Blacksmiths Lane Activation
Food, music, art, people
A laneway party in the heart of the Queanbeyan CBD to launch QPRC’s Places & Spaces initiative, Blacksmiths Lane was transformed from a dull underutilised alley into a happening space with food vans, live rock music, a pop-up beer garden and a live street art exhibition for an evening. QPRC’s Placemaking team worked collaboratively with a landlord for the use of a private car park, the nearby hotel and surrounding businesses in cross-promotion of the activity.
Local food vendors, artists and musicians were also involved to create a ‘little bit of Melbourne’ in Queanbeyan’s CBD for an evening.
This project was held at Blacksmiths Lane, Queanbeyan, on May 5, 2018.
Monaro Street Pop-Up Retail
Creativity into commerce
Artists and creatives abound across Queanbeyan-Palerang and the QPRC placemaking team saw the opportunity to transform an empty shopfront in the QPRC into the first Places & Spaces initiative - a pop-up retail space, filled with local handmade products and art pieces.
The Placemaking Team manned the space across the week with local suppliers where possible assisting.
The initiative was made possible by the kindness of the landlord to let the QPRC Placemaking Team have the space for free for the two week period.
This project was held at 58 Monaro St, Queanbeyan, between May 3-10, 2018
Community Christmas Decorations
On the back of the successful Christmas Tree project in Bungendore in 2017, the ply wood Community Christmas Decorations project was rolled out across three locations in 2018 – Queanbeyan, Bungendore and Braidwood.
The Men’s Shed in each location were on board with cutting out the ply wood and base coating the shapes which were then passed onto the local schools, pre-schools and other groups for decorating.
Bungendore stuck with the classic tree shape, while Braidwood had Christmas Stars and Queanbeyan had Christmas baubles which complemented existing street decorations. The positive feedback received from the community will see this placemaking initiative continued, and built upon, for future years.
This project was conducted across Braidwood, Bungendore & Queanbeyan CBDs during December 2018
Friday Food Fest
Bringing the community together
Queanbeyan’s award winning riverside QE II Park was the perfect location to trial weekly Food Vendor and busker activity in the months leading into summer.
Each Friday evening from 5-8pm, between three and five vendors were invited to cook up a storm in the space by the river. A call out to community also saw a calendar of buskers put together, with two performers providing entertainment each week.
This project was held between October and November, 2018 at Queen Elizabeth II Park in Queanbeyan.