Communities where all citizens can act on their desire to create, build, to organise and experiment are healthy, resilient and constructive ones. People need to be able to shape the communities that they live in by what they do and not just by what they spend. Marcus Westbury, founder of Renew Newcastle and author of Creating Cities
Town teams are positive and proactive organisations that include businesses, landowners and residents working collaboratively with their local government to improve a place or area, often a town centre or ‘main street’. Town teams are focused on building relationships and practical actions. They:
- Provide vision and leadership for their place
- Are positive and proactive
- Are non-political in their approach
- Get stuck in and have a go rather than waiting for “someone else” to do “something”
- Independent from governments
- Supportive of high-quality, environmentally sustainable development that provides for current and future residents, businesses and communities
- Run by the community for the community
Each team has different priorities and focuses, but all share this common approach, which is outlined in the Town Team Charter. Town teams are catalysts for change in their local area. The town team model breaks down the barriers that often divide businesses, residents and local governments, and helps everyone to better understand the challenges and the opportunities to improve places. Every action is important!
The charter is a shared story of what town teams are and how they should act. It helps explain our movement’s collective values and expectations. It’s a summary of the ‘town team way’.
Town Team Commitments
- Be Non-Political
Town teams are not political or politically-aligned and are independent from governments. They include people from all walks of life creating positive change in their communities. The teams work for the benefit of communities, not for individual or factional advancement nor political reasons.
- Cooperate and Empower
Town teams include businesses and residents working cooperatively to create vibrant, sustainable and successful places. They are run by the community, for the community. Teams aim to empower people through innovation and creativity.
- Provide Positive Leadership
Town teams should be positive influences in their community and lead by example. They build the resilience; connections; understanding; tolerance and generosity of their communities.
- Think Holistically
Towns and places are complex eco-systems of people, cultures, transport, work, buildings, environments and businesses. Town teams aim to spread benefits to all sectors of the community. Creating positive change requires broad discussions and a clear understanding of what you are trying to achieve and how to deliver this vision.
- Promote High-Quality Development
Town teams encourage high-quality, environmentally sustainable development that provides for current and future residents, businesses and communities. We innovate to create regenerative communities.
- Behave Responsibly and Ethically
Town Teams and their members operate with integrity, honesty and respect at all times.
- The movement is bigger than all of us.
You can download the Town Team Charter.
There are currently 36 town teams spread across 20 local governments in Western Australia, plus the City Renewal Authority Precinct in Canberra.
|No.||Town Team Name|
|2||Beaufort Street Network|
|3||Braddon Collective (Canberra)|
|5||The Bend in the Road (Doubleview)|
|6||Champion Lakes Residents Association|
|9||Como Town Team|
|12||Dunsborough Progress Association|
|13||Ecovision (Wattle Grove)|
|15||Inglewood on Beaufort|
|16||Historic Heart of Perth|
|18||Main Street Co-operative (Osborne Park)|
|19||Midland Junction Collective|
|21||Mount Hawthorn Hub|
|22||My Dickson (Canberra)|
|24||North Perth Local|
|27||Old Perth Road Collective (Bassendean)|
|28||Rivervale Community Network|
|29||Rostrata Town Project|
|30||Scarborough Beach Association|
|32||South Perth Activation Network|
|34||Vic Park Collective|
|35||West End Arts Precinct|
|36||West Perth Local|