September 24, 2020

Our neighbourhoods are where we thrive.

Where nature, space and buildings say:
“YOU matter, YOU are alive!”

With people from many cultures on earth.
Respect for everyone’s contribution and worth.

Looking out for each other; our young, our old.
Creating a better life. Together and bold!

Ideas on what aspects of the vision look like ....

Nature that says "YOU matter, YOU are alive"

  • A canopy of street trees
  • Mature trees in front- and backyards
  • Connected nature corridors through the municipality

(Public) space that says "YOU matter, YOU are alive"

  • Welcome signs at major thoroughfares / in our suburb centres
  • A clear focus for public life in our suburb centres (i.e. a plaza or park where gatherings and celebrations can be held)
  • Wide footpaths in our shopping centres, with room for tables and chairs
  • Nature strips that are well-maintained and clear of rubbish
  • Community gardens and space for residents to produce locally grown food

Buildings that say "YOU matter, YOU are alive"

  • Maximum building heights that are directly linked to the height of existing neighbouring buildings
  • Building shape that is directly linked to the shape of existing surrounding buildings
  • Building colours that are warm and inviting
  • Within the property, there is space for all residents of the building(s) to meet and gather
  • Buildings are habitable year-round without air conditioning or heating
  • All levels of a building can be reached by walking
  • All dwellings provide access to the outside and direct sunlight in winter

With people from many cultures on earth, respect for everyone's contribution and worth

  • Lots of neighbourhood "round tables" throughout the municipality where neighbours meet, connect and share
  • A standing invitation from Council to the neighbourhood "round tables" to be part of council deliberations and decisionmaking - direct and "kitchen table" democracy

Looking out for each other - our young

  • Parks and playgrounds
  • Sports facilities
  • New builds pitched at families have adequate, easily accessible space for storage of bulky everyday items (strollers, school bags) and include adequate communal play space for all children in the development

Looking out for each other - our old

  • On the ground floor of buildings, there is always at least one dwelling for older or mobility impaired people
  • Elderly residents can register mobility needs, so that footpath maintenance can be prioritised accordingly
  • Council-operated aged care operations break even and are expanded

Creating a better life. Together and bold!

  • A thriving local economy
  • Pioneers in using community-based complementary currency
  • A renewal of "the commons"
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