Placemaking comes to life at Elizabeth Grove Shopping Centre – Community Working Bee

In October 2015, the South Australian Housing Trust transferred the management of 479 dwellings to AnglicareSA Housing Ltd in Elizabeth Grove/Elizabeth Vale as part of the first public housing stock transfer to Community Housing organisations.

The Elizabeth Grove/Elizabeth Vale management transfer is based on the principles of people, place and property with an emphasis on Community Development. This means working as partners alongside our tenants and seeking to provide quality housing and housing pathways within vibrant and safe communities.

Evidence of the progress we have made within the stock transfer area of Elizabeth Grove/Elizabeth Vale is demonstrated below:

On Saturday the 8th September 2018 the BPSC Community Development team was supported by the community to finalise the Place Making activities at The Elizabeth Grove Shops. The event was a collaboration of work involving members of the community, contractors, The City of Playford Council and AnglicareSA staff who all volunteered their time to make a difference.

In the week leading up to the Working Bee the Playford Men’s Shed supported by the projects group installed three bench seats, a Free Grow Cart (a cart containing vegetables for members of the community to take and swap from) and a chess table and stalls. Urban Virons (one of AnglicareSA contractors) prepared the ground for trees to be planted, removed and hedged a number of overgrown plants along the fence line.  The disabled carpark was line marked by The City of Playford road team as a donation.

The Working Bee was a huge success with approximately 20 community members rolling up their sleeves to help improve the look of their local shops. Trees were planted and garden beds mulched. Shops were cleaned, tidied and painted, as were the fences.  In front of the Mural which was created by community artist “Seb” a hopscotch game was painted for the young people to enjoy whilst visiting the shops.

The Grow Cart was filled to capacity with produce donated by members of the community who have been bringing new items on a daily basis and swapping them for others. It’s great to be a part of the Free Grow Cart movement which is bringing new people to the shops for positive interactions. Shop owners are still receiving positive comments about the noticeable changes.

The pride continues to grow in the community with AnglicareSA tenants from units behind the shops taking it upon themselves to clean up the back area throughout the week clearing a large amount of rubbish and leaf litter and generally tidying up the area, actively being the change they would like to see in the community.

The Grove shops now look clean, fresh and inviting! The above demonstrates that change can happen.  The involvement of local community in decision making increases pride in where they live and empowers others to become engaged in what’s happening around them.

Source: AnglicareSA Housing

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