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2022 Town Team WA State Conference

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by Peter Hancock (subscribe)
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International community building speakers for Port Hedland
World-renowned place makers Krista Nightengale from the USA's Better Block Foundation and Queensland's David Engwicht from Creative Communities will be heading the bill for a two-day workshop on community building.

Town Team Movement, placemaking, community building, Krista Nightengale, Better Block, John Carey, David Engwicht, Port Hedland
The Inglewood on Beaufort town team project, Inglenooks, to create comfortable spaces for people to sit


Volunteers, State and Local Government employees will join together for the 2022 Town Team WA State Conference, which this year will be held in the Pilbara town of Port Hedland on August 18 and 19.

Krista and David, who have helped volunteer groups get together to help build connected communities all over the world, will join State Housing and Local Government Minister John Carey to explore how communities can be inspired through their own town teams.

John Carey, who formed WA's first town team, The Beaufort Street Network and co-founded the highly successful Beaufort Street Festival says Town Teams are an innovative and creative way to bring communities together to work with local governments to build a collective and positive vision.

Town Team Movement, placemaking, community building, Krista Nightengale, Better Block, John Carey, David Engwicht, Port Hedland
PorchFest in South Fremantle is an award-winning neighbourhood street party.


He had experienced the positive outcomes the collective influence and impact Town Teams have on our places and encouraged anyone with an interest in their local community to get involved.

Since it was formed in 2017 The Town Team movement in WA had become a significant force in helping communities across the State develop a sense of identity and cooperation.

There are now dozens of individual community groups with volunteers involved in everything from the creation of Australia's first urban native bee village at West Perth, to a community garden at Champion Lakes, the creation of an Experience Nannup app, a nature play area in Doubleview, Inglenooks in Inglewood, and the Subiaco Street Side Gallery, to Sunday afternoon closures of Oxford Street in Leederville, and a Donnybrook Dunny Do Over.

Town Team Movement, placemaking, community building, Krista Nightengale, Better Block, John Carey, David Engwicht, Port Hedland
A project to turn a gravel carpark in Dunsborough into a fabulous little park with native plants and benches.


Community groups are also involved in organising events and activations across the State from the award-winning Inglewood on Beaufort Monday Night Markets to the Narembeen Street Festival.

Art projects have also played a central role for community groups with projects such as power pole painting in Doubleview, a Maker in Residence Program in Pinjarra, Dalyellup Big Chair, the Preston Valley Artisan Trail, and yarnbombing in Rivervale.

The objective of the Port Hedland conference was to focus on the development of Town Teams in the Pilbara and the co-founder of the organisation, Jimmy Murphy, said the response had been excellent.

Town Team Movement, placemaking, community building, Krista Nightengale, Better Block, John Carey, David Engwicht, Port Hedland
A residential workshop to develop an urban forest strategy for Victoria Park


Speakers like Krista, David and John Carey, have lived the experiences of building successful communities and will be inspiring groups, particularly in the Pilbara, to help build places that can transform communities into successful, thriving, socially connected localities.

Many community groups along with Local and State Government organisations have signed up to attend.

Topics for the two days will include: Kickstarting community-led leadership; Building community resilience and place management; Street prototyping and creative engagement techniques; Community challenges, collaboration and the future role of government; Activating in the heat and cooling the streets; Business activation to grow and thrive post COVID-19; Connecting country and place.

Town Team Movement, placemaking, community building, Krista Nightengale, Better Block, John Carey, David Engwicht, Port Hedland
The popular Scarborough Sunset Markets are another Town Team project


A travel subsidy of $300 off flights for attendees who are staying in Port Hedland for at least one night and will be contributing to the event in some way is available from The Town of Port Hedland.

The conference is sponsored by RAC; Town of Port Hedland; Department of Local Government, sport and Cultural Industries; Pilbara Development Commission, City of Karratha, BHP and Rio Tinto.

To find out more about the conference go to https://www.townteammovement.com/conference-2022/
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Why? Discover how to make communities tick with place making experts from around the world.
When: Thursday, August 18 and Friday, August 19
Phone: 0468 381 745
Where: Port Hedland and South Hedland, Western Australia.
Cost: Not-For-Profit tickets (ex GST): Thursday Night Social, free; Full conference $100. Government and Industry (ex GST): Thursday Night Social, $25; Full conference, $250; Friday conference and closing party, $225.
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