Pirates | Boronia Place Community Space
Overview: The objective was to co-design and deliver an engaging outdoor community space that facilitates mental and physical health benefits to the tenants of Boronia Place, a social housing space located in Wodonga for tenants over 55 years of age.
Outcomes: The project team facilitated a detailed engagement plan involving a range of stakeholders, including landlords of Boronia Place (the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing) and the tenants themselves. Through an inclusive and participatory process, the project team were able to undertake a co-design process such that DFFH were able to provide input and approval to the plan, whilst tenants had a great deal of contribution and buy-in to the end deliverables achieved.
The collective stakeholder group settled upon an outdoor community space, which was achieved through a working bee made up of the project team, tenants, and other stakeholders. The result is an outdoor space that provides seating, garden beds and chickens. It is a welcoming and vibrant alternative community space and fosters physical and mental wellbeing through an enjoyable greenspace environment. With this space activated, the residents have a place to come, talk and engage with each other, which in time strengthens or generates friendships, recovery, and resilience.
The active engagement with the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing as owners of the land was critical to the success of the project. This model has been flagged to be replicated in other DFFH spaces, a testament to the successful outcomes of the conversation, the engagement with residents and the garden space that was created. Feedback from DFFH stakeholder, Kylie Wheeler, has validated the need and positive impact of the project: “The community garden and especially the chooks have been a tremendous success. The residents have provided feedback as to what a change to their days it has been, giving them something to focus on and look after, even a reason to get out of bed and get going of a morning.”
Thank you to Peard’s Nursery in Albury for their contribution to the project.