It was a year of collaborative projects, smart technology, smart furniture and smart cities – but first and foremost great public spaces that answered their community’s needs. Count down our top six StreetChat stories of 2018, that were most popular with subscribers. 6. Competitions: Win a Drone and Smart Watch StreetChat subscribers contributed some creative entries in both competitions, but there could only be one winner for each. Luke Cox from Phillips Smith Conwell Architects in Brisbane was named the winner of the android smart watch for his acrostic poem entry. Matthew Moore, also from Brisbane but with HASSELL, took home the DJI Spark Mini Drone for his beachside augmented reality Aria. See the gallery of entries. Matthew Moore’s augmented reality Aria, by the sea. 5. Smart Social Spaces Georges River Council and the …
Pride Seats for Inner West
Street Furniture Australia will donate five special edition rainbow Pride Seats to the Inner West Council, one for each ward, to celebrate the legalisation of marriage equality.
The motion was brought to Council and championed by Councillor Pauline Lockie, with approval received at a meeting last night.
“Many of our staff and our clients, particularly from the design community, are passionate about marriage equality and LGBTIQ rights, so we wanted to do our part in celebrating and recognising the recent legalisation,” says June Boxsell, Marketing Manager.
“Our factory came up with a Pride Seat, made from standard parts and different powder coat colours. It looked so fantastic, we wanted to share it.
“Inner West Council has a strong LGBTIQ community, with supporters and campaigners for marriage equality. We are thrilled that they have accepted our donation, and are looking forward to seeing the seats installed as symbols of pride and support for the community.”
Each seat will be dedicated to a different person, people, group or organisation from the inner west who has campaigned for or contributed to LGBTIQ rights, commemorated by a sign or plaque.
Councillor Lockie, independent Councillor for the Stanmore ward, last night told the meeting she was “delighted” to be contacted by Street Furniture Australia, asking if Council would be interested in the rainbow-coloured seats.
“The inner west has long been part of the ‘rainbow ribbon’ that curves around Sydney’s CBD, or the suburbs that are home to the highest number of LGBTIQ residents in Australia,” she said during her speech.
The local LGBTIQ community will help choose the dedications through Council’s LGBTIQ Working Group, and the Your Say Inner West Engagement Portal.
Community consultation will also help to decide the position of each seat.
“I think it would be really lovely to open up those nominations to our public, because we all know that for everyone who is at the forefront of a campaign and is publicly recognised, there are many quiet people behind the scenes making all that work possible,” Cr Lockie told the meeting.
“We may not know who they are, but others will, and I think it would be wonderful for us to learn their stories, share them with our community, and really celebrate the love and diversity that is at the heart of our inner west.”
The five rainbow seats feature multicoloured battens, individually powder-coated inhouse by Street Furniture Australia, with extra UV protection for fade resistance. The seats are low maintenance, made from finished metal.
Designed and made in Street Furniture Australia’s factory in Regents Park, Western Sydney, the seats are built specially to provide lasting enjoyment in the outdoors.
Seven special-edition rainbow Pride Seats, donated by Street Furniture Australia to the Inner West Council to celebrate marriage equality, have now been installed. Each seat recognises a local activist who has advanced LGBTIQ human rights, equity and inclusion. They are found in the suburbs of Newtown, Rozelle, Marrickville, Leichhardt, Summer Hill and Lilyfield. The unveiling … The first rainbow seat, installed in Newtown, was unveiled in an emotional ceremony attended by many of the dedication nominees, their families, friends and the community. Particularly moving speeches were given by the loved ones of those recognised posthumously. Elder Aunty Jenny Thomsen opened the event with thoughts on rainbows as symbols of healing and love, saying the seats will “reflect light out” into the community. “Public art is very important because it expresses who were are as a community …
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ABC Radio Canberra’s Jolene Laverty chats with Street Furniture Australia’s June Boxsell about #WodenExperiment on Drive. The following is a transcript of the program, which aired on Wednesday April 4, 2018. JL. The social project that has increased foot traffic in Garema Place by 200% is going to be replicated in Woden. June Boxsell is the Design and Marketing manager of Street Furniture Australia and she runs these programs, hi June. JB. Hi there, thank you for having me. JL. Thank you for joining us. So it’s called the #WodenExperiment and it’s based on the very successful #BackyardExperiment, which was held in Garema Place a few years ago. Can you just take us back to 2016 and remind us what the Garema Place experiment was? JB. The #BackyardExperiment was a …
Following the #WodenExperiment Workshop, Chris Steel updated the ACT Legislative Assembly about the project. Below is a transcript of his speech. You can also watch the video on Facebook. Chris Steel: “I talk a lot in this place about Woden Town Centre, and I’m going to talk about it again today, because it is exciting to see change taking place in the town centre, the new residential developments, the light rail stage two on its way, and a new focus on placemaking in the centre now as well. “While many of the spaces in Woden are privately owned, those under ACT Government control present an opportunity for improvement and activation, particularly Woden Town Square. “On the 26th of March, Woden Library played host for the #WodenExperiment town hall, kicking off …
ABC Radio Sydney’s Richard Glover chats with Georges River Council Mayor Kevin Greene and Dr Nancy Marshall from UNSW about the Smart Social Spaces project. The following is a transcript of the program, which aired on April 10, 2018. You can also listen to the conversation on the ABC Radio Canberra website, at 2:10:40. RG. A new policy of embedding sensors in everything from barbeques to park benches. Fans say it helps Councils know what’s needed, but how do the public feel? How often does someone sit on the bench in your local park? How often is the playground equipment used? How often does a family turn up and use the barbeque to have a picnic on a Saturday afternoon? The Georges River Council is working to find out the answer …