Building a well connected, self-sufficient community from the ground up
Peet’s Lakelands Estate has sought to combine good planning and a sound approach to providing support to help build the community. We worked with Peet to support the community to grow and thrive, even in the early days when community facilities had not been delivered. The project needed to connect community members during the early stages of the development, create self-sufficient and supportive community groups and facilitate business, government and not for profits in uniting in a common vision for the area.
We worked with the community to form the Lakelands Heartbeat Group and create initiatives like the ‘Think Lakelands’ campaign to encourage local events and community projects, an environmental strategy and youth development programs.
The area is now home to primary schools, a private college, shopping centre, City of Mandurah Community Centre, parks and a lifestyle village.
The community’s environmental initiatives, like the tree planting program, area now integrated into the local school curriculum and youth leadership program.
A key project for us in 2019 was conceptualising, seeking sponsors and bringing parties together to set up a Repair Café. The monthly event at a local shopping centre is run by volunteers who share their valuable skills and encourages people to have household items repaired rather than throwing them away and adding to landfill.
Recent data shows 98% of residents are proud to belong to the Lakelands community.