Mobilise Upper Beaconsfield Community to co-design neighbourhood connections to strengthen community networks and capacity

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsCollaboration on community projects


Located in a high-risk bushfire zone, Upper Beaconsfield experiences a range of disruptions, most notably storms and bushfires. Mobilising Upper Beaconsfield community to strengthen its community networks and capacity to connect people before disruptions, prepares them to respond and recover more quickly. In emergencies, such Ash Wednesday in 1983, connections between people became vitally important.
Upper Beaconsfield comprises diverse volunteer committees that work tirelessly to support the community. However they work independently to achieve their goals. Using the CoDesign Studio Neighbourhood Project Methodology (2019), this project aims to empower community to participate in, lead and co-design innovative group activities by leveraging local resources to connect community groups, businesses thereby strengthening community networks.
The Upper Beaconsfield Community Centre in collaboration with the Upper Beaconsfield Association proposes to mobilise the Upper Beaconsfield community to encourage collaboration between community groups and local business and to co-design neighbourhood connections that overcome barriers to participation. Reaching out to new and isolated residents would further strengthen Upper Beaconsfield community.
The first activity of this project involves establishing a Steering Group that embraces the goals, intentions and future directions of each community group and works together to strengthen the Upper Beaconsfield community to ‘catalyse long-term systemic change’.
Period1 Nov 201930 Sept 2020
Held atUpper Beaconsfield Community Centre Inc, Australia, Victoria
Degree of RecognitionLocal


  • Bushfire
  • Community Networks
  • Storms