Sekisui House undertook an extensive program of open and transparent community engagement starting in September 2014 for West Village.
The engagement through workshops, briefings, listening posts and special interest working groups gave the community access to the information it needed to make informed comment, and helped shape the development proposal.
More than 400 total hours of community consultation was carried out including:
- 50 project briefings/interviews with key local stakeholders
- Three public listening posts promoted through traditional and social media and letter box drops
- A place making workshop
- A sustainability workshop
- Six community reference group meetings
- An on-site information centre (open between May 2015 and February 2016). Hundreds of people visited the centre, with approximately 200 registering for more information and 85 providing direct feedback through feedback forms.
Summary findings and outcomes of community engagement undertaken prior to the submission of the preliminary approval (April 30 2015) are available in the Stakeholder Engagement Report.
A telephone survey of the local community (n=294, data weighted to match ABS census data), was conducted in July 2015, exploring community awareness, desired community amenity, and key issues relating to the project.
Public exhibition for the proposal was carried out for 30 business days during January and February 2016. 175 out of 284 submissions from the community, during the formal public exhibition period, supporting the proposal.
In September 2016 the project was subject to a reassessment process by the Queensland State Government on the grounds of State Interest. This process provided community members with further formal opportunity to provide input to the planning process.
On 7 November 2016 the Deputy Premier approved the development application subject to conditions.
A snapshot of some of the community consultation.