Data

General Issues
Planning & Development
Location
Yarralumla
Australian Capital Territory
2600
Australia
Scope of Influence
Neighbourhood
Files
Community panel handout
Links
Case Study
Summary and News on the redevelopment
Start Date
End Date
Ongoing
No
Purpose/Goal
Make, influence, or challenge decisions of private organizations
Make, influence, or challenge decisions of government and public bodies
Approach
Co-production in form of partnership and/or contract with private organisations
Co-production in form of partnership and/or contract with government and/or public bodies
Spectrum of Public Participation
Not applicable or not relevant
Open to All or Limited to Some?
Limited to Only Some Groups or Individuals
Recruitment Method for Limited Subset of Population
appointment
Targeted Demographics
Stakeholder Organizations
General Types of Methods
Collaborative approaches
Deliberative and dialogic process
General Types of Tools/Techniques
Facilitate dialogue, discussion, and/or deliberation
Propose and/or develop policies, ideas, and recommendations
Legality
Yes
Facilitators
Yes
Facilitator Training
Professional Facilitators
Types of Interaction Among Participants
Discussion, Dialogue, or Deliberation
Decision Methods
Voting
If Voting
Super-Majoritarian
Type of Organizer/Manager
Regional Government
For-Profit Business
Funder
ACT Government
Type of Funder
Regional Government
Staff
Yes
Volunteers
No
Evidence of Impact
Yes
Implementers of Change
Stakeholder Organizations
Formal Evaluation
No

CASE

Canberra Brickworks Precinct Community Panel

November 16, 2019 14:02   (UTC +00:00) Lucy J Parry, Participedia Team
November 10, 2019 19:07   (UTC +00:00) Jaskiran Gakhal, Participedia Team
November 10, 2019 12:12   (UTC +00:00) Lucy J Parry, Participedia Team
September 3, 2019 24:12   (UTC +00:00) Scott Fletcher, Participedia Team
July 6, 2019 09:09   (UTC +00:00) Lucy J Parry, Participedia Team
General Issues
Planning & Development
Location
Yarralumla
Australian Capital Territory
2600
Australia
Scope of Influence
Neighbourhood
Files
Community panel handout
Links
Case Study
Summary and News on the redevelopment
Start Date
End Date
Ongoing
No
Purpose/Goal
Make, influence, or challenge decisions of private organizations
Make, influence, or challenge decisions of government and public bodies
Approach
Co-production in form of partnership and/or contract with private organisations
Co-production in form of partnership and/or contract with government and/or public bodies
Spectrum of Public Participation
Not applicable or not relevant
Open to All or Limited to Some?
Limited to Only Some Groups or Individuals
Recruitment Method for Limited Subset of Population
appointment
Targeted Demographics
Stakeholder Organizations
General Types of Methods
Collaborative approaches
Deliberative and dialogic process
General Types of Tools/Techniques
Facilitate dialogue, discussion, and/or deliberation
Propose and/or develop policies, ideas, and recommendations
Legality
Yes
Facilitators
Yes
Facilitator Training
Professional Facilitators
Types of Interaction Among Participants
Discussion, Dialogue, or Deliberation
Decision Methods
Voting
If Voting
Super-Majoritarian
Type of Organizer/Manager
Regional Government
For-Profit Business
Funder
ACT Government
Type of Funder
Regional Government
Staff
Yes
Volunteers
No
Evidence of Impact
Yes
Implementers of Change
Stakeholder Organizations
Formal Evaluation
No

The Canberra Brickworks is a former industrial area in the Australian capital. Redevelopment of the site had become a divisive issue locally, and a community panel was convened to try and reach agreement on moving forward.

Problems and Purpose

The Canberra Brickworks Precinct is a former industrial in the south of the city with historical significance. Planned redevelopment of the area had previously failed twice and as a result, the community and stakeholders were wary and cynical [1].

The Land Development Agency (LDA) (the government department responsible for the site) convened a community panel to try a fresh approach to the site and any proposed developments. The aim of the panel was to work collaboratively with the LDA and each other to develop objectives to guide the redevelopment of the site, and to contribute towards the proposal and tendering process that would follow.

Background History and Context

This was the first time the ACT government undertook a deliberative style process [2]. Since then, it has convened a number of deliberative approaches including the ACT Compulsory Third Party Insurance Citizens' Jury.

Organizing, Supporting, and Funding Entities

The panel was convened by the ACT government's Land Development Agency, and the deliberative process designed and facilitated by Mosaiclab.

Participant Recruitment and Selection

Participants in the panel were selected from a range of stakeholders with an interest in the Brickworks Precinct. This included neighborhood associations, local council and business interests. Panellists were expected to represent the interests of these groups [3].

Methods and Tools Used

A community panel is comparable to a citizens’ jury, although this panel did not use a random stratified sample of citizens which is usually a key feature. 

What Went On: Process, Interaction, and Participation

The panel met six times in a series of collaborative workshops. Mosaiclab facilitated the workshops and the process focused on the following:

  • “encouraging agreement and keeping the focus (constantly bringing the group back to the to the purpose of the panel),
  • exploring ways to work together differently to achieve the group's aims,
  • listening to and involving everyone, acknowledging individual and collective concerns and hopes,
  • giving the group time to reflect and not rushing the process,
  • providing practical, clear instructions on how to work together towards a common goal particularly given past failures.
  • creating the right environment for conversation was also essential (traditional boardroom-style meeting rooms were replaced with circular seating, giving citizens opportunities to collaboratively discuss their ideas and aspirations, 
  • encouraging panel members to show leadership by letting go of their own views, listening, being flexible and exploring issues supportively rather than in 'combat mode'”. [4]

The panel worked together with the LDA to develop a series of objectives that would be included in the request for proposals, which was then put out to potential developers.

Influence, Outcomes, and Effects

Following the panel process, the LDA developed a request for proposals based on the objectives developed by the panel. The panel then reviewed the five proposals that were put forward, assessing them against the criteria developed during the panel [5]. The potential contractors also met with the panel and further reviewed and refined the proposals. The successful tenderer was announced in October 2019 [6].

Analysis and Lessons Learned

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See Also

References

[1] Mosaiclab (2016). Case Study: Deliberating over an Iconic Issue. Available at: https://www.mosaiclab.com.au/news-all-posts/2016/8/11/case-study-canberra-brickworks-panel

[2] Ibid.

[3] ACT Government (2019). Canberra Brickworks Precinct Community Panel [pdf]. Available at: https://suburbanland.act.gov.au/uploads/ckfinder/files/pdf/3_Commercial/Canberra_Brickworks/community/Community%20panel%20handout%20-%20271115.pdf

[4] Mosaiclab (2016). Case Study: Deliberating over an Iconic Issue. Available at: https://www.mosaiclab.com.au/news-all-posts/2016/8/11/case-study-canberra-brickworks-panel

[5] ACT Land Development Agency Directorate (2016). Shortlisted Brickworks proponents embrace new consultation model. Available at: https://www.cmtedd.act.gov.au/open_government/inform/act_government_media_releases/lda/2016/shortlisted-brickworks-proponents-embrace-new-consultation-model

[6] ACT Government (2019). Brickworks reaches another milestone. Available at: https://suburbanland.act.gov.au/news/brickworks-reaches-another-milestone/767

External Links

https://www.mosaiclab.com.au/news-all-posts/2016/8/11/case-study-canberra-brickworks-panel

https://suburbanland.act.gov.au/canberrabrickworks/community-engagement

Notes