Projects

Concept Development, Staging and Options Planning for the Prahran Town Hall –   City of Stonnington, Ongoing

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Working in partnership with Baumgart Clark Architects, Michelle is assisting Council to explore options for the re-use and adaptation of the Prahran Town Hall for community and cultural purposes. This is a key project for the City of Stonnington, that will fundamentally change the community and cultural infrastructure available in the Prahran and South Yarra area.

Review of Leisure Services – Mitchell Shire Council, Ongoing

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Michelle is currently assisting Council to review its Leisure Services area, to identify opportunities for efficiencies and innovation. The review will examine the service delivery model, operating systems and resources, and how the service assists Council to achieve its priorities for improving the health and wellbeing of its community.

0-25 Plan – City of Stonnington, Ongoing

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Michelle is currently working with Council to develop a new 10-year strategy for children, young people and their families. The primary aim of the project is to help deliver seamless services to support and strengthen, children, young people and their families, from birth to 25 years.

Arts and Cultural Plan – City of Stonnington, Ongoing

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This plan will build upon the previous Arts and Cultural Strategy, capitalising upon  key opportunities and changes occurring in the City of Stonington including the proposed development of the Prahran Town Hall as a cultural and community precinct, and development of the Cato Street car park site as an open space precinct. The project will involve extensive consultation with stakeholders, and exploration of what it means to be a creative city.

Prahran Aquatic Centre Cost Benefit Analysis and Concept Plan – City of Stonnington, Ongoing

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Working in partnership with dwp Suters, Michelle is assisting Council to explore the cost benefit of redeveloping the Prahran Aquatic Centre to better meet community need. As part of this, high level concept plans and cost estimates will be prepared that reflect the role and importance of the Centre in the wider Princes Gardens precinct and the resourcing capacity of Council.

Prahran Town Hall Performance Space Needs Analysis – City of Stonnington, 2015

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The Needs Analysis has been key to understanding possible options for the re-use and adaptation of the Prahran Town Hall for community and cultural purposes. Focusing upon consultation with schools, performance venues and performing arts organisations, the Needs Analysis sought to identify the demand for an additional performance venue in the Prahran Area, and how the space could be best configured to supports its viable operation.

Strategic Plan – Outer Urban Projects, 2015

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Michelle has supported Outer Urban Projects (OUP) over the last 2 years to clarify its strategic priorities and directions working with both the board and operational team. Most recently Michelle has assisted OUP to develop a new Strategic Plan articulating the organisation’s creative vision, and providing clear guidance for decision making and resource allocation over the next 5 years. A key focus has been to position the organisation to secure multi year funding from the Australia Council.

Prahran Library Community Needs Analysis – City of Stonnington, 2015

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Building upon previous needs analysis work Michelle undertook in 2014 for the whole Library Service, this project focused upon the Prahran Library. Updating the earlier work, this project captured the most recent population projections and operational data from the Prahran Library ensuring Council could make a fully informed decisions about the future re-use and adaptation of the Prahran Town Hall.

Gardiner Park Reserve Management Plan – City of Stonnington, 2015

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The Management Plan was developed to assist Council to understand the operational implications of developing a synthetic sports ground and associated infrastructure at Gardiner Park. drawing upon previous work completed by Council, the Plan assessed the current use arrangements for the site, recommended facility management and operational components including the use and allocation of the sports ground and associated infrastructure, provided a high level asset management plan and a preliminary 5 year operating budget.

Dendy Street Tourism Hub – City of Bayside, 2015

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The focus of this project was to assist the City of Bayside to develop a robust application for the Federal Government National Stronger Regions Fund. It involved developing a Business Plan, Project Management Plan, Procurement Plan, Quality Plan and Risk Management Plan. It required thorough knowledge and understanding of the funding program, and the development of an application which clearly demonstrated the benefits of the project to the wider region and community.

Community Programs Research – City of Stonnington, 2015

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Michelle completed a research project for the City of Stonnington examining how local governments embed health and wellbeing / physical wellbeing (particularly physical activity), as part of their programs, policies, strategies and initiatives. The research focused upon identifying how these approaches seek to address inequity within the community. Following the completion of the research project, Michelle assisted Council to review its recreation and aquatic programs and develop a draft Active Living Action Plan.

Review of the Grattan Gardens Community Centre – City of Stonnington, 2014/2015

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The focus of the project was to review the management structure, funding arrangements and current/future use of the Centre, to assist in exploring options to meet the increasing demand for community space at the Centre, and identify the need for a business case or feasibility for expansion of the Centre.

Library Strategy – City of Stonnington, 2014/2015

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Michelle built upon an existing Draft Library Strategy to achieve an evidence based approach which reflected the needs and aspirations of the City of Stonnington community for library services now and in the future. The project involved an assessment of the broader policy context, community consultation, assessing existing use levels of the service, and reviewing relevant industry best practice approaches. The Strategy has been critical for recent planning work about the Prahran Library.

Shepparton Cycling Precinct Master Plan – City of Greater Shepparton, 2015

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Following the development of Shepparton BMX and Cycling Clubs Strategic Plan in 2014,the Master Plan clearly documented the aspirations for improving the cycling and BMX infrastructure in the Shepparton Cycling Precinct. Consultation and engagement with the Cycling and BMX Clubs and Council officers was critical to this project, as was an assessment of community need. Michelle worked with Michael Smith and Associates (landscape architect) to deliver this project.

Business Planning – Outer Urban Projects 2014-2015

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Michelle  supported Outer Urban Projects to a Business Plan for its social enterprise initiative, Urban Events.  As a result of this work, the organisation secured $100,000 per annum for three years to support the implementation of the social enterprise.

Tallygaroopna Walking and Cycling Trail Concept Development– City of Greater Shepparton, 2014

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Working closely with Council and the Tallygaroopna community, this project focused upon identifying options for the development of a walking and cycling trail in and around the township of Tallygaroopna. The development process  identified the desire for a network of footpaths within the township, and a longer recreational trail around the township. A key challenge has been identifying affordable and achievable options for the community and Council.

Brighton Cultural Precinct Plan – City of Bayside, 2014

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Focused upon improving the utilisation and activation of the Brighton Cultural Precinct, this project included exploring linkages and connections between Bayside Council services, community spaces and organisations and commercial opportunities.   Better and optimal utilisation of the existing infrastructure was the focus for this project rather than major changes to the building fabric. A key aspect was exploring and understanding the urban planning environment, particularly the implications of heritage overlays which apply to the Precinct, and identifying possible commercial options which would compliment the precinct. Matters More Consulting provided expert advice and completed a pre feasibility study to assist in understanding this aspect of the project.

Feasibility Study Lancefield – Macedon Ranges Shire Council, 2014

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Michelle was engaged to assist Council to understand community and user group expectations and needs in relation to a key community facility in Lancefield. Community expectations were balanced and examined against the existing supply of similar facilities and overall demand for community facilities in Lancefield and the surrounding area. The project involved extensive community consultation, an assessment of the demographic characteristics of the community and an assessment of the supply and demand for community facilities in Lancefield and the surrounding area.

Assessment of Operational Outcomes for Dive Tower Options at Harold Holt Swim Centre –  City of Stonnington, 2014

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This project involved assessing the likely operational impacts of several options to redevelop the dive tower and dive pool at the Harold Holt Swim Centre including developing financial modelling for the likely operating budget for each option, and examining how each option will or will not support the findings from Harold Holt Swim Centre Market Analysis completed in November 2014.

Joint Strategic Plan Shepparton Cycling and BMX Clubs– City of Greater Shepparton, 2014

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This project saw the development of Strategic Business Plan to guide the future direction of the Shepparton BMX Club and Shepparton Cycling Club. While the original intention was to develop a separate plan for each club, the consultation process identified shared issues and opportunities and a willingness by both clubs to work together in building their respective futures. Council has recently allocated funding to develop a master plan for the precinct these two clubs share.

Hampton Community Hub – City of Bayside, 2014

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This project sought to begin exploring options for the development of a community hub in Hampton incorporating services and spaces such as Hampton Community Centre, Hampton Library, community activity and meeting spaces. It included facilitating workshop discussions between Council and Hampton Community Centre, discussions with Council officers confirming the project scope, reviewing existing evidence exploring the need for a community hub, and researching examples of effective community hub facilities including management structures,  governance models and service collocation.

Woodend Community Transport Needs Analysis- Macedon Ranges Shire Council, 2014

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Michelle assisted Council to develop and deliver a community consultation and research project in relation to community transport in Woodend. The project focused upon understanding how the transport needs of the community might be best met including public transport options, community transport, infrastructure and strategic planning responses.

Community Needs Analysis incorporating an Economic Impact Assessment for Prahran Aquatic Centre- City of Stonnington, 2013-2014

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Michelle was engaged to help Council understand community need and the economic impact of the Prahran Aquatic Centre in its current form. The Analysis examined Council’s strategic and policy objectives, patronage and visitation data for the Centre including age and locality profiles of Centre users, current and future demand for aquatic leisure and health and fitness opportunities, competition from other providers and the needs and expectation of existing Centre users and the economic impact of the Centre. This project was completed in association with Marianne Stoettrup from Matters More Consulting.

Market Analysis of the Harold Holt Swim – City of Stonnington, 2013

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This project focused upon helping the City of Stonnington to develop a better understanding of the markets the Harold Holt Swim Centre currently services, and identifying areas where the Centre might need to change or improve its services, to better meet the needs of the community. The Analysis examined Council’s strategic and policy objectives, patronage and visitation data for the Centre including age and locality profiles of Centre users, current and future demand for aquatic leisure and health and fitness opportunities, capacity and utilisation levels, competition from other providers and the needs and expectation of existing Centre users. A service positioning statement was prepared identifying how the Centre should focus its energies and resources to better meet the needs of existing users and the broader Stonnington community.

Volunteer Strategy- Hepburn Shire Council, 2013

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Michelle was engaged to develop a Volunteer Strategy to guide Council in the recruitment and training of volunteers for the Clunes Community Interpretive Centre. It included an information package for volunteers incorporating a position description and application form, a recruitment strategy for attracting and retaining volunteers and an induction and training program.

Review of Major Funding / Service Agreements – City of Bayside, 2013

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Michelle was engaged to complete a midway review of 6 major funding / service agreements Council has with community centres and neighbourhood houses in the City of Bayside. The review examined the outcomes sought from the agreements and whether the outcomes were being achieved.  The project also identified issues and opportunities for Council to consider in relation to future funding agreements and policy outcomes.

Former Romsey Primary School Site Future Directions Plan – Macedon Ranges Shire Council, 2013

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The focus of this project was to assess a proposal the Romsey community has for the development and use of the former Romsey Primary School site. The community has an aspiration to develop the 2 hectare site for community use and Council sought a robust assessment of both this proposal and alternatives. The project  involved a program of community consultation and engagement, an assessment of planning, heritage and community value, and a cost benefit analysis. In May 2013, Council allocated funding to assist in delivering the community’s vision.

Vietnam Veterans Commemorative Walk – Mitchell Shire Council, 2013

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Michelle has developed for Mitchell Shire Council thorough and robust applications for the Federal Government Regional Development Australia Fund (RDAF) and the Victorian State Government Putting Locals First Program (PLFP). This has required thorough knowledge and understanding of the RDAF and PLFP, and development of  applications which clearly demonstrate the benefits of the project to the wider region and community. In May 2013 the Federal Government RDAF allocated $500,000 in funding towards the project. The PLFP application is currently being assessed.

Apartment Living Research – Australian Catholic University, 2012

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This project focused upon investigating the number and location of aprtment developments, and the demographic profile of apartment owners in the Cities of Greater Bendigo and Shepparton. It is intended that the research form part of a wider body of research about apartment living in regional cities across Australia.

Securing Funding for the $3.3 million Clunes Community and Interpretive Centre – Hepburn Shire Council, 2011

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Building design Morton Dunn Architects.

In September 2011 funding of $2.7 million was secured through the Federal Government Regional Development Australia Fund (RDAF) for the development of the Clunes Community and Interpretive Centre. Michelle’s involvement in this project has included extensive community consultation and stakeholder engagement, the establishment and facilitation of a Community Reference Group, development of partnership opportunities, relationship building with funding bodies, preparation of the successful RDAF funding application including a Business Case and Business Plan for the project.

When completed the facility will incorporate a library, visitor information centre, the Clunes Museum and community activity and exhibition spaces. Construction of the facility commenced in October 2012 and will conclude in late 2013.

 

Project Management for the $3.3 million Clunes Community and Interpretive Centre – Hepburn Shire Council, 2011 – 2013.

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Michelle’s involvement in the Clunes Community and Interpretive Centre project has involved extensive community consultation and stakeholder engagement, the establishment and facilitation of a Community Reference Group, development of partnership opportunities, relationship building with funding bodies, preparation of the successful RDAF funding application ($2.7 million) including a Business Case and Business Plan for the project.

When completed the facility will incorporate a library, visitor information centre, the Clunes Museum and community activity and exhibition spaces. Construction of the facility commenced in October 2012 and will conclude in late 2013.

With funding secured, Michelle has assisted Hepburn Shire Council to deliver the project through the development and implementation of key planning documents including a Project Execution Plan, Community and Stakeholder Engagement Plan and  Communications Plan. Michelle has facilitated the design tender process, the detailed design of the building, the  development of an Interpretation Plan for the Clunes Museum collection,  facilitation of the Community Reference Group, review of the Business Plan and operational planning requirements, and identification of fit out requirements for the building.

Port MacDonnell Marine Infrastructure Project Development – District Council of Grant 2012.

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The focus of this project was to assist the District Council of Grant to develop a thorough and robust application for the Federal Government Regional Development Australia Fund (RDAF).  The project involved reworking an existing Business Plan and Project Management Plan, and development of a Procurement Plan, Quality Plan and Risk Management Plan. It required thorough knowledge and understanding of the RDAF, and the development of an application which clearly demonstrated the benefits of the project to the wider region and community.

Review of Library Services – Hepburn Shire Council, 2011.

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The Review of Library Services involved extensive consultation and community engagement combined with service analysis and planning.

The Review focused upon identifying whether the existing library service levels met both the current and future needs of the Hepburn Shire community, what the future service levels should be and the resourcing and infrastructure requirements for the service.

South Wangaratta Joint Planning Project – South Wangaratta community, education, sporting and business organizations, 2010.

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The South Wangaratta Joint Planning Project sought to bring a range of groups from within the South Wangaratta precinct together and identify how they could work co-operatively to improve the precinct, through shared facilities, infrastructure projects, event development, lobbying and advocacy and marketing / branding of the precinct.

Aquatic Feasibility Study – City of Greater Bendigo, 2010.

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The focus of the Aquatic Feasibility Study was to identify whether there was a need for a second indoor aquatic facility in Greater Bendigo and provide guidance about the overall provision of aquatic facilities in the urban areas of Bendigo. It involved extensive community consultation and was completed in association with Garry Henshall and Associates and Hughes Cartwright Design Group.

Development of the Lindsay Arts Trail Concept for the Township of Creswick – Hepburn Shire Council, 2010 – 2012.

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The focus of the Lindsay Arts Trail Project was to effectively engage the Creswick community around the project and clearly document the scope and stages of work for the development of the  proposed Trail.  This involved extensive consultation and negotiation with the community and partner organizations.

Key pieces of work have included facilitating the research of the trail stories and history, seeking copyright approval for the use of material as part of the trail, the development of briefs to engage consultants to complete the narrative and design of the trail, facilitating the completion of the trail narrative and facilitating the continued involvement of the community in the project.

A primary focus of this project was developing it to a point where Hepburn Shire Council could seek external funding for the detailed design of the trail and the development of the trail infrastructure. Funding for the detailed design was secured in 2012 and Council has appointed a consortium to complete this phase of the project.

Aquatic Facility Plan, 2007 and Review of Aquatics Facility Plan, 2009 – Rural City of Wangaratta, 2009.

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The Aquatics Facility Plan focused on developing a long term strategy for the provision and consolidation of aquatic facilities in the Rural City.  It involved an assessment of the current condition of the aquatic facilities and their expected lifespan, identifying the current and future demand for aquatic facilities in the Rural City, undertaking a detailed assessment of the existing operations of the aquatic facilities, a program of community consultation and extensive briefings of Councillors and senior officers. This project was undertaken in association with HM Leisure Planning, Prior and Cheney Architects and David Powick and Associates.

The 2007 Review sought to understand the implications for the 2007 Aquatics Facility Plan of recent planning work undertaken by Council and new information available in relation to population projections and the operation of the aquatic facilities. The purpose of the review was to identify whether the findings and recommendation proposed in 2007 remained current and relevant.

Review of Community Facility Provision and Integration Opportunities with Public Private Partnership (PPP) Schools, 2008.

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Completed for Bilfinger Berger, the Review of Community Facility Provision and Integration Opportunities involved identifying opportunities to integrate and provide community and recreation facilities as part of public private partnership schools proposed in the metropolitan Melbourne growth corridors.

The project examined projected population characteristics and the proposed location of school and community facilities, where possible identifying opportunities to co-locate school and community facilities. This project was completed as a member of the HM Leisure Planning team.

Wangaratta Recreation Parklands Master Plan – Rural City of Wangaratta, 2006/2007.

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The Wangaratta Parklands Master Plan sought to develop a strategic position for the future development, management and use of the Wangaratta Recreation Parklands Precinct – the most significant public open space in the Rural City of Wangaratta. The project was a significant piece of planning for the Rural City involving extensive consultation with the community, identifying and assessing a complex range of issues and extensive briefings of Councillors and senior officers. The project was completed in association with North East Architects and HM Leisure Planning.

Other Projects Michelle has been involved in include:

  • Review of the West Sunshine Community Centre – Brimbank City Council, 2005
  • Review of the Cradle Coast Recreation Advisory Group and Recreation Planning Framework – Cradle Coast Authority, 2006
  • Buy Local Campaign – Hepburn Shire Council, 2009
  • Trentham Community Facilities Planning Project – Hepburn Shire Council, 2011
  • Inventory of Strategic Planning Work – Hepburn Shire Council, 2009.
  • Sustainability Options for Businesses – Hepburn Shire Council, 2009.
  • Review of best practice models of community centres – Australia Street Company, 2005
  • Student Amenity and Play Spaces Enhancement Planning – Donvale Christian College, 2007.
  • Various Master Plans for Mitchell Shire Council 2009 – 2011.
  • Aquatic Facilities Review – Shire of Yarra Ranges, 2006.
  • Thomastown Recreation and Aquatic Centre Development Feasibility Study – City of Whittlesea, 2006.
  • Craigieburn Leisure Centre Masterplan – City of Hume, 2006.
  • Aquatic Strategy – Melton Shire Council, 2005/2006.
  • Aquatic Feasibility Study – Ku-ring-gai Council, 2004.