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 people. When communities breathe new life into their local spaces, neighbourhoods become stronger and more connected. Join us to see how a single project in your area can drive long-term improvements.

Starting an initiative in your neighbourhood can be hard, especially if you don’t know your neighbours or have to navigate complicated permits. It’s also challenging for local governments and urban managers, who need to handle the risks, work in new and different ways, and provide services on increasingly tight budgets. The Neighbourhood Project is here to help – get in touch to get involved.

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.


The Neighbourhood Project offers training, consulting, and resources for governments, developers, and communities alike.

Neighbourhoods: Take part in an intensive project bootcamp, where you’ll learn to transform underutilised land and mobilise local support – whether that’s for 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. Free resources coming soon.

Governments and developers: From bespoke organisational change management programs to one-off training sessions, neighbourhood workshops, and specialist advice, we’re here to help and connect. You’ll receive strategic support 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.

Follow along on social media and the newsletter to stay up to date with opportunities.


To date, nine neighbourhoods in eight Victorian councils have taken part in the initial trial rounds of the Neighbourhood Project. The Great Neighbourhoods 2017 summit also brought together community, government and private sector in a movement for community leadership.

At a project level, the Neighbourhood Project upskills and inspires citizens to deliver placemaking projects that will make their neighbourhoods stronger, more connected and friendlier places to be. Beyond individual projects, the Neighbourhood Project helped councils identify and embed policy and cultural shifts that support community agency in the long term.

Through this experience, the program will develop a scalable, replicable model for community-led placemaking that can be used by councils and communities everywhere.

We’ll start sharing tools, templates and resources soon… 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 partners city2050, Think Impact, MRCagney and more.

Special thanks to participating councils and communities:

Cardinia Shire Council, Hobsons Bay City Council, Kingston City Council, Moonee Valley City Council, Moreland City Council, Whitehorse City Council, Whittlesea City Council, and Wyndham City Council

Victorian neighbourhoods of Box Hill, Brooklyn, Cardinia Lakes, Edithvale, Fawkner, Point Cook, Strathmore, Thomastown, and Williams Landing

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.