Take a quick (and educational) tea break with us! Customers are invited to book in a 10-minute Zoom or Microsoft Teams chat to learn about new products. Presentations are guaranteed no longer than 10-minutes plus Q&A. Choose from: ChillOUT Tree (recommended) Latest Linea additions. Wood Without Worry. Or request a custom presentation. Each participant will receive a T2 gift box (optional). Book by contacting us on firstname.lastname@example.org, or via the button below. Win one of three BLUNT umbrellas Tea Time bookings for Australian customers during August and September will go into a draw for a chance to win one of three BLUNT umbrellas, valued at up to $159. Winners will be notified on 1st October 2022. Image: BLUNT.
Woden Experiment in the ACT Legislative Assembly
Following the Woden Experiment 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 discussion on how we can better activate our public space in the square. The town hall was part of an initial six-week Discovery Phase of the #WodenExperiment project, funded by the ACT Government as part of our efforts to support regeneration at the town centre.
“We partnered with Street Furniture Australia, who are familiar to many in the Canberra community as those responsible for the #BackyardExperiment activation of Garema Place in 2016. Their pop-up featured new seating, greenery, lighting, and a range of colourful and vibrant additions to our city centre to make it a more welcoming place for people to sit, socialise and just spend time.
“Throughout #BackyardExperiment, visitors to Garema Place grew by almost 200%, results that we hope to emulate in Woden Town Square.
“The #WodenExperiment town hall in March gave members of the community an opportunity to outline how they use the square, their experiences of it, and their ideas about how to make it a place that people want to spend more time in, rather than its current use largely as a walkway from public service buildings located at Woden, through to the Westfield shopping centre.
“It was acknowledged at the town hall some of the challenges of the space, particularly its windy nature, but also the opportunities of creating a more usable space to meet with others, dine, enjoy the sun, wait for a bus, and for children to play.
“It’s envisaged that the #WodenExperiment will see a six-month installation in the square which will activate the area and provide a better place for people to mingle, sit and just enjoy.
“This is in addition to the micro park installation which has already been in place since January near Woden Public Library and the Phillip Health Centre.
“Madam Deputy Speaker, the town hall was well-attended with representatives from the Public Transport Association of Canberra, the Woden Community Council, Woden Community Services, small business owners from Woden and perhaps most importantly, regular residents of Woden who want to see their town centre become more vibrant and a welcoming place.
“Street Furniture Australia has also been conducting detailed interviews with users of the square to include their feedback in the consultation. During this early stage I encourage all south-siders, particularly those living or working in Woden, to get involved in making Woden Town Square a better place for people, and supporting the government’s regeneration efforts in Woden.
“I look forward to seeing the Discovery report, and I’ll be keeping Woden residents updated as the project progresses.”
Street Furniture Australia products will be on show at the ASLA 2022 EXPO in San Francisco, from November 12 to 13, 2022. Visit Booth 251 to see the sleek and minimalist Linea range, including Cubes, Platform, Sun Lounge, Seats, Curved Bench and Picnic Settings, and complementary Monsoon Litter Bins and Cafe Stools. Check out a variety of durable and low-maintenance materials and colours including five Wood Without Worry aluminium woodgrain batten shades, the new Earthy Pastel powdercoat range, and DuraBright fade-resistant colours. Street Furniture Australia will co-present the stand with California-based partner Spruce & Gander, who represent our products as an exclusive distributor in California, Ohio, Texas, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Indiana and Kentucky. Dates and times:Saturday, November 12, 2022. 9:30am – 6:00pm.Sunday, November 13, 2022. 10:00am – …
Street Furniture Australia is donating $40,000 worth of furniture from breakout spaces from the 2022 Festival of Landscape Architecture: COUNTRY to The Murri School, an Aboriginal and Islander Independent Community School in Brisbane. The collection of Linea Seats, Cubes, Curved Benches, Sun Lounges and Picnic Settings includes a pair painted by artist Casey Coolwell-Fisher, a Quandamooka, Nunukul woman of Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island, Queensland) – commissioned by Street Furniture Australia and Blaklash Creative. Director of Blaklash Creative and member of the Festival Creative Directorate Troy Casey says, “A huge part of the festival was about how we can ensure that community gets something from it. We spent two days sharing our culture, our experiences, and the responsibility to positive impact. We can’t really do that without giving back to mob, …
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 …
Street Furniture Australia, with support from the ACT Government, has begun the Discovery phase for #WodenExperiment, a six-month furniture installation to activate Woden Town Square in Canberra. Members of the community, local businesses and politicians gathered to discuss the project and share their experiences of the square at a workshop held in March. Around 40 participants brainstormed issues and opportunities for the square around Retail Experience, Community Involvement, Comfort and Amenity, and Wow Factor. “It was exciting to see so many people filling the room, with a great mix of people from community, business and local government creating an atmosphere of high energy and interest,” says Diana Hill, Manager Capital Works – Urban with Transport Canberra and City Services. “As a result many great ideas about issues and opportunities were discovered …
60 movable seats. 8 days. 1 location. Time-lapse footage from the #BackyardExperiment pop-up park in Garema Place, an underused thoroughfare in Canberra’s CBD, has revealed stunning findings about the power of small interventions to transform public space. A 10-Minute Documentary (below) and White Paper are available now. Download the FREE White Paper: #BackyardExperiment (49 pages, 8MB) Before #BackyardExperiment, 97% of visitors passed through the grey, hard Garema Place without stopping. The project softened the space with colour, lawn, seating and light, and, in just eight days, Visitor numbers almost doubled. Street Furniture Australia partnered with the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, the ACT Government, In the City Canberra, landscape architecture firm Context and a host of suppliers and community volunteers to make the project happen. See how together the team increased dwellers by more than 200%, and …