Project: Jewell of Brunswick
Organisation: Moreland City Council
Grant fund: Public Safety Infrastructure Fund
Grant amount: $210,000
In May 2013, Moreland City Council was awarded $210,000 under the Public Safety Infrastructure Fund (PSIF) Grants Program for the ‘Jewell of Brunswick’ project to build a new public space and urban bouldering wall (climbing wall) on the corner of Wilson Avenue and Sydney Road, Brunswick to address local crime and safety issues.
Using a placemaking approach, Council conducted extensive community consultation from planning through to implementation. Through the consultation process, the project achieved significant community support, resulting in the expansion of the project to the permanent closure of a section of Wilson Avenue to create a new people-friendly public space.
Construction on the permanent public space began on 2 February 2015 and was completed in June 2015.
Moreland City Council completed a one year evaluation of the project in December 2016. The evaluation used crime statistics, observational data and community surveys to measure the project’s success. The evaluation found the new public space had significantly improved the community’s perceptions of safety in the area and had succeeded in creating a sense of community and humanising the space. Crime statistics showed a downward trend for most offences recorded near Wilson Avenue, while not directly attributable to the project, it is a positive trend. The report also makes recommendations for further improvements to the space.
For more information download the fact sheet below or read the Wilson Avenue one year evaluation report on Moreland City Council's website .
Will Coogan, Place Manager Brunswick from Moreland City Council gave a presentation on the Jewell of Brunswick project at the Public Safety Infrastructure Fund grants Information Forum. To learn more about the project watch the clip below or download a copy of his presentation (below).
Read the fact sheet (below) to find out more about this project.