Placemaking is a people-led design approach which that enables us and the community to work together to collectively reimagine and revitalise the public spaces in our centres and neighbourhoods.

Placemaking recognises that people who traditionally connect to, live, work and visit a place, have the deepest understanding of that place and should be a part of shaping its future.

We facilitate placemaking in different ways ranging from large infrastructure projects to small temporary projects or activations that help reimagine public spaces such as:

  • footpaths
  • roadways
  • plazas
  • parks
  • laneways.

Placemaking improves the community’s connection to public spaces, creating welcoming places and memorable experiences. We can use placemaking as a mechanism for working towards strategic goals across a variety of areas including:

  • sustainability
  • economic prosperity
  • public safety
  • community health
  • greening
  • culture and inclusion.

You play a key role in placemaking through engaging, facilitating and providing feedback on key projects, attending or co-designing community activations and events, as well as implementing your own initiatives with support from us.

Placemaking is informed by the history, culture and diversity of a place, while also considering the needs of future communities, economic prosperity and environmental sustainability. At its core, placemaking aims to create more welcoming, walkable, safe and engaging public spaces for everyone, focusing on the design, activation and management of these places.

Glen Eira Placemaking Strategy 2023–2027

The Placemaking Strategy is a guide for a holistic approach to the creation, development, activation and management of public spaces in Glen Eira. The Strategy provides Council with an opportunity to work with the community to collectively reimagine public spaces and work towards achieving goals identified in Council’s existing strategies.

Read the Glen Eira Placemaking Strategy 2023–2027 [PDF 17Mb] 

Book a community space

We have three multi-purpose community spaces available to book at no cost for not-for-profit community groups. The spaces provide a perfect opportunity for community and trader groups to facilitate a wide range of placemaking activities.

  • Bentleigh Community Space, Centre Road, Bentleigh (formerly Bentleigh Rotunda)
  • Carnegie Community Space, Neerim Road, Carnegie
  • Carnegie Library Forecourt, between Koornang Road and Shepparson Avenue, Carnegie

All spaces have power available and have a dedicated ‘stage’ type area suitable for performances.


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