Five landscape architecture students from the University of Canberra (UC) will partner up with the Goulburn Mulwaree Council to bring fresh ideas to local projects.
UC project leader Gay Williamson said this was a great opportunity for the students to gain real life experience.
“The council is getting a whole lot of ideas. They get to explore the research the students put in,” she said.
The students will be working on the Wollondilly and Mulwaree Rivers walking track and surrounding areas. This will include signage, information, shaded ideas and the brainstorming of cultural, social and traditional implications.
Former local and UC landscape architecture honors student, Rhys Probert, will be focusing on Indigenous Aboriginal knowledge as part of the project.
He will be looking at ensuring the tracks are representative of custodianship as opposed to ownership.
“A lot of things can be done to make it more inviting, highlighting the heritage of Goulburn,” Mr Probert said.
The group plan to set up open community consultations on the walking tracks in the following weeks at Workspace2580.
Ms Williamson described the council as supportive, backing the students throughout the initial stages of the partnership. “You can feel the passion and enthusiasm,” she said.
Goulburn Muwlaree Council director of growth, strategy and culture, Louise Wakefield, described it as a “fantastic project”.
“I know we are all very keen to see what ideas the students come up with, and I think this collaboration is something both organisations can build upon in the years to come,” Ms Wakefield said.
They will be working in Goulburn until May and will present their findings to the Goulburn Mulwaree Council.
To get involved in the future community consultations, contact the Goulburn Mulwaree Council on 4823 4444.