The City of Canterbury Bankstown transformed a section of North Terrace in Bankstown into an interactive experience for a week in June. The Future Street exhibit showcased how landscape, infrastructure and technology may advance the city to become more liveable, productive and sustainable. Future Street Canterbury-Bankstown also highlighted two of the city’s major projects under consultation: the ‘Smart CBCity Roadmap‘ and ‘Bankstown Complete Streets Transport and Place Plan‘. The 2019 pop-up follows the original 2017 Future Street activation, held in front of Customs House in Circular Quay – a project designed by Place Design Group with the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, Smart Cities Council ANZ and the Internet of Things Alliance Australia. To help demonstrate these ideas, product vendors including Street Furniture Australia, Smart Sensor, Lime, Andreasen’s Green and …
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.
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Street Furniture Australia has confirmed its ongoing six year partnership with the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA), signing on for a further two years. The company has been a national sponsor and supporting corporate partner since 2014. “AILA is proud to continue this relationship with our longer-term partner, Street Furniture Australia,” says Tim Arnold, AILA CEO. “Street Furniture Australia has been committed to research, innovation and supporting the landscape architecture profession. “We’ve previously joined forces on things like #BackyardExperiment and Future Street; more recently they lead a research project, Woden Experiment at the Woden Town Square in Canberra. I’m excited to see what the partnership will bring into the future.” Street Furniture Australia will be a sponsor of the 2019 International Festival of Landscape Architecture: The Square and the …
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. 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 to all those questions with academics from the University of NSW, to place sensors …
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 …