Community Engagement

The City of Canterbury Bankstown recently engaged Place Design Group as lead engagement consultant for the development of their local strategic planning statement, as part of the NSW Government’s new planning and reporting framework for Councils.

As the largest local government area by population in New South Wales, and home to one of the most culturally and linguistically diverse communities in Western Sydney, there is a need for strong, wide-reaching and inclusive engagement (both internally and externally) to deliver the insights required for the creation of a local strategic planning statement that will stand Council in good stead in the years to come.
With a multidisciplinary team of engagement and communications specialists, some of the best planning minds in Australia, and graphic communication artists, planning speak and government processes are demystified, creating great outcomes for the client and the community. The project will also involve leading discussions internally with technical experts, to distil and refine insights for the purposes of the LSPS and broader community and key stakeholder engagement.

Community LSPS Document

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The Canterbury Bankstown LSPS Document can be viewed here:


Collateral prepared to help engage the community with Connective City 2036


Future Street Engagement Activation

A pop-up ‘Future Street’ experience featuring emerging technologies and initiatives successfully engaged the local community on Council’’s major projects.

The City of Canterbury-Bankstown were looking for an innovative approach to engage and consult the community on two of its major projects, the ‘Smart CBCity Roadmap’ and ‘Bankstown Complete Streets Transport and Place Plan’.

Building on the success of the first Future Street event held at Circular Quay in 2017, Place Design Group were engaged to transform the plaza outside Bankstown Station into an interactive ‘Future Street’ experience. It showcased a greener, more people-oriented street enhanced with smart technologies such as charging equipped smart benches, solar powered bins, smart poles, e-scooters and e-bikes.

Working in close collaboration with Council and product suppliers, Place Design Group delivered a seven-day activation to give the local community a glimpse into a potential future and spark dialogue on the City of Canterbury-Bankstown’s projects and aspirations. The activation demonstrated how the community can be genuinely engaged to inform how the public realm and emerging technologies can deliver better future streets.

Future Street Follow Up Video

Following the activation we created a video to expand the reach of the event to those who may have been unable to attend.