Illawarra residents will be familiar with the swathe of green on the western side of Five Islands Road and north of Wattle Street. The use of a large parcel of under-utilised BlueScope land in Port Kembla was gifted to the Flagstaff Group in late 2018. Their vision was to create a Community Campus on this oasis in the thick of the sheds and structures that comprise the steelworks. It will be a hub for a wide variety groups to make use of under-utilised existing buildings and the open space to include training areas, events and outdoor activities.
The Solution / Outcome
Forums facilitated by Edmiston Jones using our unique methodology allowed many people from a broad cross section of the community to contribute to the vision for the Campus. Lots of ideas came together around common themes of environment, communal sharing, education, and culture and this has informed the Master Plan.
The emergent key priorities for the site included an all-ages inclusive playground with parking and amenities, a community garden, picnic areas and cultural interpretation trails. Edmiston Jones developed these ideas into a site-wide Master Plan, to guide the development of this valuable community asset.