City to seek insight from students to reimagine the Bendigo Creek
In an Australian first, the City of Greater Bendigo will partner with La Trobe University to bring the successful ‘CityStudio’ project to Bendigo.
Created in Vancouver, CityStudio is “an innovation hub where City staff, students, and community co-create experimental projects”.
In Bendigo, CityStudio will see 20 students from a range of disciplines try to come up with ways to reimagine the Bendigo Creek.
La Trobe University will run a subject worth double credit points in June and July 2018. Students will be based in Bendigo, working closely with City staff, agencies and the community.
Regional Sustainable Development Manager Trevor Budge said Bendigo would be the first place in Australia to implement the program.
“Vancouver City and its public post-secondary education providers have been running this project successfully for many years, so it’s very exciting for Bendigo to be able to be part of it,” Mr Budge said.
“Thousands of students have been involved in hundreds of projects since it began.
“The idea is to get a broad mix of students from a range of disciplines including business, engineering, community development, urban planning, history and archaeology, to focus their collective skills and knowledge on a problem or project that is real, not abstract.
“We have chosen the reimagining of the Bendigo Creek as the project to focus on as its one of the City’s largest and most important public assets.
“At the end of the subject, students will present their ideas to the Mayor and Councillors.
“This project is great for students because it gives them an opportunity to apply their skills in a real life situation, not just in the classroom.
“And it’s good for the City because we get to tap into a range of skills and ideas we may not otherwise have, as well as create pathways for young people who may seek a career in Local Government.”
Head of La Trobe University Bendigo Campus Robert Stephenson said the initiative was a tremendous opportunity for the university to highlight the skills being developed by its students and the impact they could have in creating the future of Bendigo.
“Additionally, it gives students the opportunity to work on a project in diverse teams, replicating the sorts of environments they will be working in after graduation,” Mr Stephenson said.
“Ideas developed, and subsequently implemented, will also create a legacy of their work in the city. We want this to become the first of many projects that will showcase the benefits of our ‘UniverCity’ relationship.”