Places for Change – What’s Next?


Our second event of this years 2015 Outside the Square Active Spaces series Places for Change was a great success. In case you missed it, here is a summary of the outcomes from the night:

Community gathered and were interested to make positive changes to the
way we interact with our public and unused spaces in Bendigo.

What a great night !
– We brought together 100+ people from diverse backgrounds
– Everyone got involved in discussion
– People became more interested in activating public and unused spaces
– We heard from great speakers with inspiring projects
– And explored ways to get our projects off the ground

In all we shared many ideas, made new connections and identified new pathways for people to get involved and take action.

Check out our video snapshot of the night!

A huge shout out to the City of Greater Bendigo, Jumpleads NFP,  Marcus Westbury, Scott Alterator and his great MCing, all the speakers, volunteers, ambassadors, supporters, the Make a Change Australia team, The Media Suitcase, Create Business and The Old Church on the Hilll all of which helped to make the evening such a success.

Here are some next steps and ways you can get involved:

Bendigo Science and Technology Discovery Centre
Get on board and and help make happen the Discovery Centre’s new activation projects. Email [email protected]

Ironbark Gully Friends
Get along to the Ironbark Gully Information Forum Wed 21 Oct and join their vision to revive and connect Ironbark Gully. Email [email protected]

Rotary Club of Bendigo Next Generation
Get involved in a new project to engage Bendigo youth to activate a blank wall in the CBD with street art. Email [email protected]

Buzz Bendigo
Get in contact and get involved with this exciting initiative, still in the early stages of development. Email [email protected]

City of Greater Bendigo Public Space Plan
Stay in the loop with the City’s Public Space Plan opening up for consultation and input soon. Email [email protected]

Creating Cities
For more ideas and inspiration buy the Creating Cities book written by Marcus Westbury!

Outside the Square Facebook
Stay connected and keep sharing on social media with #places4change

And finally ……

Places for Change was a milestone – that addressed the way we live and share spaces in our town.

With so many people with great ideas and passion to create change
through activating spaces, it once again confirmed that discussion is
essential as an impetus to make great things to happen.

Now we need some initiatives to keep the conversations going, as well as
ongoing support to enable and ground community projects.

If this is of interest to you, keep an eye out for:

  • “Let’s Nut it Out” Work Day to be programmed for early 2016
  • Expand Your Impact” Training Program – Still pending full funding ( while aiming for April 2016 )
If you would like to assist in making these programs happen either through sponsorship or in-kind support then please get in contact here.

Thanks again and all the best!

From Karen Corr and the Make a Change team

This event was proudly supported by: