Mission-centred Master Plan wins award

Mission-centred Master Plan wins award

A plan anchored in the Catholic tradition of mission, and developed in consultation with the Bridgewater and Gagebrook communities, has been awarded the Planning Institute of Australia’s (PIA) Public Engagement and Community Planning Award for Tasmania 2017.

The Bridgewater-Gagebrook Master Plan is a collaborative effort between Holmes Dyer Consultancy and Centacare Evolve Housing. The Plan engages the Social Impact Program, Brighton Council and other community organisations to revitalise the areas of Bridgewater, Gagebrook and Herdmans Cove to support a more cohesive, resilient and healthy community.

“The strength of the Plan is its focus on the wellbeing of people living in the communities of Bridgewater, Gagebrook and Herdmans Cove. It is completely mission-driven,” said Director of the Social Impact Program Belinda Clarke.

“The Brighton municipality rates poorly in terms of many of the socio-economic indicators, and so it is the Church, through its many agencies, that is making a real difference to the lives of the marginalised through the realisation of this Plan – just as Pope Francis has encouraged us to do,” Mrs Clarke said.

‘Build Up Tassie’ is one initiative borne out of the plan that links the building of 500 new homes in the Brighton municipality by Centacare Evolve Housing and Wilson Homes, with practical employment opportunities for local young people in painting, laying of foundations, or landscaping.

Mrs Clarke said engagement of residents has proved successful, and community initiatives have helped to increase community connectedness.

“The annual Christmas parade is a particular highlight, as is the successful implementation of ‘Colour our World’ – an initiative  of Centacare Evolve Housing that sees the front doors of social housing properties painted in bright colours, which has really resonated with tenants and brightened up streetscapes.

“Centacare Evolve Housing has also worked with the Salvation Army and local schools to map areas in the community that students believe are safe and unsafe, and then taken the concerns of students to local Police and other groups.”

Following recognition at the Tasmanian PIA awards ceremony, the Bridgewater-Gagebrook Master Plan will be judged at the National Awards for Planning Excellence.