The Neighbourhood Project is a practical program to make community-led placemaking easier, removing roadblocks and headache by creating a replicable model that can be used by councils and communities everywhere.

The Neighbourhood Project is building a global movement of local citizens shaping projects that make their neighbourhoods stronger and more connected.

These projects see people working together on practical ideas to breathe new life into local spaces, while inspiring people to connect through creative events and initiatives. Collectively, this builds neighbourhoods that are more exciting and enjoyable to live in, and that are more resilient for the future. We call this community-led placemaking.

Starting an initiative in your neighbourhood can be hard, especially in cities where it’s increasingly rare to know your neighbours. It’s also challenging for local governments and urban managers who need to handle the risks and provide services on increasingly tight budgets. The Neighbourhood Project is here to help – learn how you can get involved, or get in touch.

Join the revolution to clear roadblocks and do things differently.

Join the Neighbourhood Project.

We’re serious about making real change and helping it stick, which requires a systemic approach. The program is based on the three pillars of people, process, and place, with the support of industry professionals.


Communities are empowered and inspired to shape great local places.


Councils enable and support community leadership.


Underutilised land is transformed into well-loved neighbourhood spaces.


A movement of practitioners and organisations work to improve the way public spaces are delivered.


[Update: Applications closed 10 July 2017, but you can still stay involved – there’s another round coming in 2018, and follow along on social media and the newsletter in the meantime!]

Get a community project off the ground (or in the ground) with an accelerator program of training, mentoring, and community building, after which neighbourhoods will pitch for funding of up to $10,000 to bring it to life.

Learn to transform underutilised land in your area – whether that’s veggies in the verge, public art, a market, or more. Meet new people and make an impact in your community, all while supporting a groundbreaking trial on how to create friendly, thriving neighbourhoods from the ground up.

Your council will also receive training to work collaboratively between departments and with the community, manage risk and compliance, build support within the organisation, and support communities to make a difference.


In 2016-2017, three metropolitan Melbourne neighbourhoods and their councils collaborated to champion local projects and test new ways of working.

This was celebrated at the Great Neighbourhoods 2017 summit, bringing together community, government and private sector in a movement for community leadership.

After two further rounds in 2017-2018, the Neighbourhood Project will release a tried and tested model for community-led placemaking that can be rolled out across Australia, and adapted for use around the world.

We’ll start sharing tools, templates and resources soon, based on the experiences to date… stay tuned for more!


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The Neighbourhood Project is a project of CoDesign Studio, with support from the Myer Foundation. Many thanks to our delivery partners at Resilient Melbourne and the Municipal Association of Victoria, as well as city2050, Think Impact, MRCagney and more.

Special thanks to Cardinia Shire Council, Hobsons Bay City Council, and the City of Whitehorse, and the communities of Cardinia Lakes, Brooklyn, and Box Hill, for their participation in Round 1 of the program in 2016-2017.

CoDesign Studio

The Neighbourhood Project is the brainchild of CoDesign Studio, a social enterprise design consultancy that inspires people to shape resilient, thriving neighbourhoods for everyone.


The Myer Foundation

The Neighbourhood Project is made possible with the support of the Myer Foundation, a philanthropic foundation that engages with the community to promote a just, creative, enlightened, caring and sustainable Australia.


Resilient Melbourne

Resilient Melbourne is part of the international network of 100 Resilient Cities, pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation, helping cities around the world become more resilient to the physical, social and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century.


Municipal Association of Victoria

Peak body for local government in Victoria, Australia.

city2050 with Stephen Yarwood


city2050 is for governments, boardrooms, developers and educators that want to maximise the opportunities offered by the rapid transformation happening in the fields of city planning, management and administration.

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CoDesign Studio

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   PO Box 204, Fitzroy VIC 3065, Australia


CoDesign Studio is a social enterprise design consultancy that inspires people to shape their neighbourhoods.
Our award-winning collaborative city-making methodology is used by local governments, developers and communities to create neighbourhoods that improve people's lives. We create great places that build social connection and inclusion, while helping clients and their communities develop new opportunities and tools. 

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