English title: Green Square Community Survey 2014 Final Report
Author(s): Hazel Easthope - Nicole McNamara - Sian Thompson -
Type: Report, working paper
Green Square is one of the fastest growing areas in Sydney. The City of Sydney’s Community Strategic Plan recognises that urban renewal sites such as Green Square provide the opportunity to greatly improve the social, economic and environmental performance of the City and Sydney region. The City of Sydney has a high level vision for Green Square: it will be a vibrant sustainable village in which to live and work, incorporating retail, food, entertainment, and a public domain that supports cultural and community activities including public art. In order to achieve this goal, local communities need to have the facilities, resources, capacity, confidence and resilience to adapt to changing circumstances. So that the City of Sydney can identify how it might best support communities’ social wellbeing associated with environmental, economic and social changes, it is essential to collect information about the experiences and desires of residents and workers. This includes their satisfaction with, and feelings of attachment and belonging to, the places they live and work, the nature of their social interactions and social cohesion, and their plans and desires regarding their local areas. To this end, this report presents the results of a community survey of residents and workers in the Green Square Urban Renewal Area in Sydney, Australia. Research Aims: The study was undertaken by researchers at the University of New South Wales, with the assistance of staff at the City of Sydney Council. The aim of this research was to develop a survey tool for on-going assessment of social interactions and social cohesion at a large-scale urban renewal site that could be used to: - Measure the nature of social cohesion and social interaction and identify opportunities and barriers residents face in contributing to social cohesion and community development. - Understand the wellbeing of residents and workers, including their satisfaction with and attachment to the area, their local area preferences and desires, and their plans for the future. Key findings and implications for practice are presented.
Institution: City Futures Research Centre, UNSW Australia
Number of pages: 0