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Placemaking & Events

What is placemaking?

Placemaking is all about creating lively neighbourhoods and inviting public spaces where people want to live, work and play.

The placemaking program strives to create a sense of community and belonging as these places evolve. Placemaking uses both temporary and more permanent anchors to encourage people’s connections to place and people. Temporary placemaking allows community ideas to be trialled and tested to inform the permanent elements that come together to sustain well-loved, positive and enduring places.

The program includes art, food, play, performances and community events, which bring energy to the streets, create new community connections and build the story of our Sydney Metro Northwest Places.

Over the coming years, we will work with local communities to use the ideas and inspiration of the people who live and work locally now and those who may be the communities of the future, to create activities in our Bella Vista Pocket Park and other Sydney Metro Northwest locations.

Guiding documents and requirements

We have developed a series of documents to guide our placemaking program, to ensure a consistent approach is followed by Landcom, Sydney Metro and our development partners. These documents can be downloaded below.

Sydney Metro Northwest Places Placemaking Framework

The purpose of the Framework is to:

  • establish a shared understanding of placemaking
  • outline the guiding principles that underpin our approach
  • support our development partners to commit to great place outcomes
  • build community capacity to support resilient and sustainable placemaking.
Sydney Metro Northwest Places Public Art Guidelines

The Guidelines provide information about the approach to develop, produce, install and manage temporary and permanent art within the public domain, private developments and connections across the program. They have been informed by Landcom’s Public Art Guidelines and will guide a consistent approach to delivering the public art program.

Sydney Metro Northwest Places Requirements for Content Displayed on Fencing, Hoarding and Billboards

The Requirements seek to promote the display of well-designed content and public art on fencing, hoarding and billboards. They aim to:

  • provide standards in relation to the information, design and maintenance of content displayed on fencing, hoarding and billboards
  • create vibrant and visually interesting streetscapes and minimise adverse visual impacts from construction sites
  • support the Sydney Metro Northwest Places placemaking objectives
  • outline developer responsibilities and Landcom content approval processes
  • ensure compliance with government regulations including responsibilities under the NSW Work Health and Safety Act 2011.

Celebrating placemaking

In May 2021 we celebrated two years of our Sydney Metro Northwest Places placemaking program. Take a look at the short videos below to see what we’ve achieved so far:

Second year of placemaking
First year of placemaking

How to get involved

Landcom’s Placemaking team curates a range of initiatives to engage community and help develop the future character of our Northwest Places.

We invite you to get in touch with us if you have suggestions or requests for community partnership initiatives, or would like to enquire about using our Bella Vista Pocket Park for regular or one off community group activities once opened.

You can contact the Placemaking team at  sydneymetronorthwest@landcom.nsw.gov.au or 1800 712 292.

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