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Stage 1 Findings Updates

In stage 1 of the project we asked community members what makes their communities inclusive, what doesn't and ideas and solutions.

Due to the impacts of Covid and the community focused work, this stage occurred over 2020-2021.

The information below is what we have learnt so far.

What makes communities inclusive?


What stops communities being inclusive

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Ideas and solutions

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The plan forward


Stage 1 Approach and People

Clarence and Greater Hobart, Tasmania

  • Surveys

  • 1:1 Chats

  • Creative Community Chats

Clarence City Council, Disability Voices Tasmania, Mission Australian PITC, THS-Health Promotion and Young Leaders of Tasmania.

103 People from 12 years and up shared their ideas, thoughts and experiences.

Diversity of ages, backgrounds, roles and professions.

  • Many identified as a person with disability, mental health needs, or chronic illness. 

  • Some had an experience as career or parents.


Who got involved

Gympie Region, Queesnland

Gympie Regional Council and Members of Gympie Community. Support by QDN.



Local Coordinating group:

Local advisory group:

Preliminary Stage 1 Learnings

Click on the icons below to learn what we have found so far in Stage 1 of the project.

Photos from Stage 1

I feel like it's all about everyone being able to equally engage in the environment in the community.  For people with disabilities there is a lot of restraint and they can't engage as much as other people.  It's also like equality is not enough, it should be equity so everyone has what they need to be able to engage in that community.  Because I feel like a community is about people and engagement, but also being able to access and work around a community. 

Young person participant

Preliminary Reflections

Connected Elements that make communities inclusive

  • Valuing and embracing our diversity and difference

  • Strong connections to people, place, nature 

  • Offer real choices and opportunities for all, with meaning and purpose

  • All voices matter

  • People are at the centre of urban-community planning and included from the start

  • Our neighbourhoods are all-encompassing -accessible, sustainable, supportive 

  • Foster Understanding and Respect

  • Engender places to have fun, relax, play, be creative

  • Reliable, available, affordable, accessible Transport and Housing

  • Local spaces for recreation, leisure and making connections – beaches, parklands, nature trails, walking areas, hubs for arts. 

  • Access to health and social services & activities

Changing that culture from a young age I feel like really can help with the way it will remove this prominent element of prejudice that we see a lot from the boys at school.  I don’t really see many girls using slurs or anything like that...

Prejudice and Slurs

Yeah, and I think that we need to do more of that.  We need to stop just building big broad acre environments and stop banging on about, you know, affordable housing, it really shits me.  Oh, we’re going to build affordable housing.  I don’t see that.  I don’t feel it.  I don’t feel that integration.

Lack of Affordable Housing

Lonely was one that I picked because even in busy communities like X, there’s still a lot of lonely people...


I also feel like within communities there needs to be a broader and a greater understanding for what people are going through.  So I feel like education is really important.  Being able to educate people to create that understanding for not just people living with a disability, but people living, like you said, with mental illness and other chronic diseases.  I feel like understanding and education is really important.  You can't grow any sort of respect or understanding without being educated and informed.

Education - Start Early

Young person participant

Ideas and Solutions

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  • People Centred – All People

  • Purposeful planning of communities

  • Design goes beyond minimal

  • Policy and strategies that work and enacted

  • Challenge the (-ve) perceptions – education

  • Engage and communicate multiple ways – from the start

  • Change is possible – willingness, build capacity, cases

  • Leadership – flexible, diverse, need actions

Education - Start Early


The Plan Forward


Grassroots applied framework of practice for planning more inclusively

Goal at the End

With advocacy & awareness raising throughout...

Now:  We are gathering experiences of planning for access and inclusion with Planners and Built Environment practitioners across Australia – to identify the tensions that exist, as well as examples of good practice.


More deliberative sessions on specific ideas and strategies– to develop details strategies  - inc.  processes and points of intervention – for policy/practice/education.

Next Year

What makes communities inclusive?

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What stops communities being inclusive?

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