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Planners spruik unorthodox thinking
Guerilla planners Charlene Liau, Natalia Weglarz and Hamish Sinclair say simple acts like filling cracked
concrete with Lego could help revitalise the flagging Tuggeranong town centre. Photo: Kimberley Granger
An innovative project developed by
youth is set to reinvigorate
Tuggeranong town centre by
implementing "guerilla planning"
A small group of passionate
planners, T One 5, is hoping to alter
the way southsiders interact with their
shared spaces by thinking outside the
The ideas were flowing at its first
meeting in mid-December
Filling pot holes with pot plants,
running a slip-and-slide down a
residential street, rebuilding cracks in
concrete with Lego, encouraging
amusing street art and wrapping trees
with colourful linen were all
Project mentor Hamish Sinclair said
the group's core message was to ask
the community how they would like to
use empty spaces.
"Tuggeranong has a slightly
different culture and feel to the rest of
Canberra in many respects," he said.
Mr Sinclair hoped the group would
help the community realise they could
have an immediate and positive impact
on their town centre.
The need for revitalisation in the
town centre unites politicians from
both sides of the divide.
Canberra MP Gai Brodtmann said
she would welcome any effort to
increase foot traffic in the town centre.
She expressed concern about the
growing number of empty offices and
"The spaces around the gazebo
between Anketell and Cowlishaw
streets are all but deserted," Ms
"The Tuggeranong town centre
needs a viable short to medium-term
solution to ensure it retains its vitality
and local businesses flourish."
ACT Senator Zed Seselja said
grassroots efforts to spark
revitalisation were particularly
commendable. "I think that it needs to
be done in conjunction with a range of
other measures," he said.
Youth planners Natalia Weglarz, 22,
and Charlene Liau, 27, were among
the first people to jump onboard the T
One 5 project.
"We could be leaders in this kind of
planning," Ms Weglarz said.
"It's about getting youth involved,
and finding a way that is new and fun
Ms Liau said planners were not
looking to impinge on existing
businesses but intended to fill the
empty spaces in between.
"It can be anything and everything,''
We want people to be as
imaginative as they can, with what
they want to see in the area.''
For more information about T One
5, visit facebook.com/tone5.pia.
Drivers urged to
be extra careful
Behind the blue line
ACT Policing has reminded motorists
to obey 40km/h school zone limits
around Canberra as thousands of
children returned on Monday.
Police are out in force targeting
school zones to ensure motorists
comply with speed limits.
Sergeant Rod Anderson, of traffic
operations, said the safety of children
was paramount and urged drivers to
stick to the speed limit.
Motorists should be conscious
[that] children are not as aware as
adults of the dangers associated with
crossing the road, particularly as
they're returning from the school
holiday period," he said.
"At the beginning of each term,
sometimes the road safety practices
which teachers and parents instil in
their younger students can be
overlooked or forgotten.
"Children are often easily distracted
and tend to focus on their current
activity rather than the potential
dangers surrounding them.
With that in mind drivers need to
be aware of this tendency and remain
alert when travelling in school zones."
Sergeant Anderson also reminded
motorists dropping off children at
school not to use designated school
bus or school zones.
"Bus stops are for buses -- pick up
and drop off children in safe and
approved areas only," he said.
Parents are urged to ensure their
children are aware of the road rules
and, for those riding their bikes to
school, the importance of wearing a
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