Collaboration Areas: sharing lessons learned

10 Dec 2019
How do you develop a new approach to solving persistent hurdles that are holding back some of Greater Sydney’s key centres? Our solution has been to bring State Government agencies, local councils and an area’s key anchor institutions around the table through an innovative and collaborative approach.

Over the past two years, the Collaboration Area program has helped stakeholders create Place Strategies that outline solutions to those hurdles for them to pursue.

The partners in stage one of the program - Liverpool, Greater Penrith, Randwick, and Camperdown-Ultimo - are now implementing their Place Strategies, which were released at the end of 2018.

The second round of Collaboration Areas commenced this year, focusing on Campbelltown-Macarthur, Bankstown CBD and Airport, Kogarah and the Australian Nuclear Science & Technology Organisation (ANSTO) precinct. Partners in each area have been identifying a vision, priorities and actions for each place, with their Place Strategies expected to be finalised by the end of this year.

The program has taught us and the participants some important lessons and we are sharing them in our Collaboration Areas insights paper Partnerships and Place.

The paper addresses the importance of setting strong foundations for participants to work from, giving each participating organisation ownership of the challenges, and the need to maintain a long-term focus on delivering quality outcomes.


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