Expanding Our Community Engagement Capacity

Anna Deller-Coombs is our exciting new recruit at URPS. Anna understands the DNA of engagement.  She has led community engagement activities for a variety of organisations, including training and upskilling staff in approaches that increase community participation to improve decision making. An empathetic relationship builder, Anna’s engagement approach brings together disparate views to build consensus. […]

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More Aged Care Living Where It is Needed

Estia Health is one of Australia’s largest aged care providers, operating 17 residential aged care facilities in South Australia for more than 1300 residents. Burnside Council recently approved the redevelopment of Estia’s existing aged care accommodation at Toorak Gardens to become a 4-5 storey storey/118 bed facility.  The Council Assessment Panel complimented the design team […]

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The Show Must Go On

When the reality of COVID-19 really took effect in Australia in April we ran an article about how community engagement in a world with less face-to-face interaction doesn’t end.  It just changes. Since then we have been using a wide variety of techniques to continue engaging.  These include online platforms such as Zoom, Cisco Webex, […]

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Community Engagement with Great Impact

Landscape architecture often has a great impact on public realm.  A great impact on public realm means a great impact on communities.  That is why community engagement is so important to successful landscape architecture. The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects SA Awards have just been announced for 2020.  We are thrilled to see two projects […]

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Continuing to Hit the Engagement Sweet Spot

Community engagement in a world with less face-to-face interaction doesn’t end.  It just changes.  But the fundamentals of successful community engagement remain the same. Our goal is to always hit the ‘engagement sweet spot’.  This is the intersection of three engagement fundamentals as highlighted above. At URPS, we have extensive experience in designing and using […]

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Join Our Community Engagement Team

Applications have now closed! Thanks to those who have applied. You like: Shaping, coordinating and hosting community engagement events. Empowering people with knowledge and opportunity for input. Closing the loop with user-friendly feedback summaries. Building positive relationships with stakeholders and the community. A diverse range of community engagement projects that mean you are never bored. […]

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Renewing an Artery in the Heart of the City

It is great to see the upgrade of Gawler Place by the City of Adelaide fully operational in time for the pre and post-Christmas shopping period. Around 25,000 people move between North Terrace and Grenfell Street via Gawler Place every day.  It is a busy strip in the heart of the Rundle Mall Precinct where […]

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Active Engagement for an Active State

Being active delivers so many benefits.  These include physical and mental health and wellbeing, opportunity for social connection and learning, chronic disease prevention, creating identity and helping to grow our economy.  For many people, sport and active recreation is an essential part of their community’s social fabric. The Office of Recreation, Sport and Racing (ORSR) […]

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Help Create Adelaide’s New National Park

URPS, in association with ASPECT Studios, is delighted to be working with the community to create Glenthorne National Park. This is a fantastic opportunity to preserve and revitalise a large open space area in Adelaide’s southern suburbs, turning it into a thriving environmental and recreational precinct. The proposed park will cover more than 1,500 hectares […]

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