Students swing into action on Chittick Park future
When it comes to the future development of a public space, who better to ask than those who are going to use it on a regular basis?
A recent youth consultation delivered some fantastic ideas for a future upgrade of Seymour’s Chittick Park, the consultation was undertaken by Year 10-12 students representing Seymour College, St Mary’s College Seymour, Seymour Flexible Learning Centre, Broadford Secondary College, Assumption College Kilmore and GoTAFE.
The students - Madalyn, Ebony, Shayla, Connor, Jack, Ryleigh, Ava and Rhiannon - all have a range of different project and life skills and visited successful play and community spaces across the North East.
During the consultation in August, the students interviewed fellow students and researched the health and wellbeing benefits of open spaces and parks to formulate a park design which caters for all ages and abilities.
The consultation period revealed a number of key recommendations to be considered in the design for the youth space. The concept plan will go back to the students for comment.
The project was a partnership between Mitchell Shire and the Central Ranges Local Learning & Employment Network (CRLLEN) to facilitate a workplace learning initiative as part of the Seymour Better Parks Project.
The project was facilitated by CRLLEN’s Sarah Irving and the students presented their findings to Council, peers and educational staff at a special presentation at Seymour’s GoTAFE recently.
The next step will see the commencement of the design of the youth space.
“This has been a wonderful opportunity for students to guide future improvements at Seymour’s Chittick Park. They have been rigorous in their approach to this project and have developed concepts that will assist Council will future decision-making around the park,” he said.
“The group’s presentation was outstanding. The ideas presented included a climbing wall, parkour course through to quiet and reflective spaces to having positive affirmations located throughout the park.
“I commend the students on the effort and results this program has produced. It is important to get feedback from people who will be using the facilities. Seymour should be proud.”