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Outside the Square is an engagement program designed to raise awareness of community issues and activate community participation. 

In
2014 Make a Change Australia delivered Outside the Square in the regional Central Victoria, covering the topics of Healthy Communities, Bendigo a Cycling City and Kitchen Table Conversations.

“Outside the Square was a fantastic launch for Kitchen Table Conversations for Change.” says Ann Lansberry of Bendigo Kitchen Tables Conversation for Change. “We were able to get an idea off the ground, attract new committee members and we have gone on to host a number of conversations in 2015.”

Steve Abbott, Coordinator Planning and Policy with the City of Greater Bendigo, shares the impact of Outside the Square; “Outside the Square enabled the culmination of various groups and individuals with ideas, enthusiasm and motivation for Bendigo to become bicycle friendly. On a cold, wet winters night in 2014, 100 people came together for Outside the Square. Resulting in the creation of Bike Bendigo Inc, a new not for profit community organisation. The vision of Bike Bendigo Inc is to get more people on bikes and coordinate events, to advocate to see Bendigo become the bicycle capital of regional Australia.” 

“Outside the Square was a fantastic launch for Kitchen Table Conversations for Change.”
says Ann Lansberry of Bendigo Kitchen Tables. “We were able to get an
idea off the ground, attract new committee members and gone on to host a
number of conversations.”

Steve Abbott Coordinator Planning and Policy with the City of Greater Bendigo shares the impact; “Outside the Square enabled
the culmination of various groups and individuals with ideas,
enthusiasm and motivation for Bendigo to become bicycle friendly. On a
cold, wet winters night in 2014, 100 people came together for Outside
the Square and resulted in the creation of Bike Bendigo Inc,
a new not for profit community organisation. Bike Bendigo Inc vision is
to get more people on bikes and coordinate events, advocacy and ideas
to see Bendigo become the bicycle capital of regional Australi.”

– See more at: https://www.makeachange.org.au/latest-news/join-the-outside-the-square-team#sthash.Nrefgiya.dpuf

“Outside the Square was a fantastic launch for Kitchen Table Conversations for Change.”
says Ann Lansberry of Bendigo Kitchen Tables. “We were able to get an
idea off the ground, attract new committee members and gone on to host a
number of conversations.”

Steve Abbott Coordinator Planning and Policy with the City of Greater Bendigo shares the impact; “Outside the Square enabled
the culmination of various groups and individuals with ideas,
enthusiasm and motivation for Bendigo to become bicycle friendly. On a
cold, wet winters night in 2014, 100 people came together for Outside
the Square and resulted in the creation of Bike Bendigo Inc,
a new not for profit community organisation. Bike Bendigo Inc vision is
to get more people on bikes and coordinate events, advocacy and ideas
to see Bendigo become the bicycle capital of regional Australi.”

– See more at: https://www.makeachange.org.au/latest-news/join-the-outside-the-square-team#sthash.Nrefgiya.dpuf

Following
the success of our Outside the Square 2014 Program, Make a Change has
made a commitment to deliver 3 events in Bendigo in 2015 and has
explored a variety of topics to engage the community.

The 2015
program has been developed based on research and consultation with both
community members and productive dialogue with Council staff and local
politicians.

A common thread at the forefront of discussion is our relationship to space. Space in this instance means anything from:

  • Our homes and how they serve us from infancy through to aged independence;
  • Community interaction and where and how this takes place;
  • The utilisation of spaces within public and inactive buildings; and
  • Activating open spaces and the flow on to our health and well-being.

Based
on this critical interest we have developed an exciting program in
response. Three topics that fit into an overarching theme of “Active
Spaces”:

1. Housing

2. Public Spaces and Old Buildings

3. Creative Communities

We
will bring together people interested in taking action in these
challenges and we will activate community involvement and raise
awareness about the possibilities for solutions.

Find out more here and consider becoming a financial partner.



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