Linking the site with local communities

Relationships between neighbours can be developed through repeated visual contact, conversations and greetings. As a specific branch of public realm, the potential of local parks to promote social interaction can be considered. The planning of urban parks can not only generate the social interaction between residents, but also form the diversified interaction between people and culture,ecology, production, as well as appreciation, so as to further promote the social interaction between local communities. Coolibah Reserve is a place with abundant natural resources. However, low accessibility of the site can be a remarkable challenge. Also, the quality of the flowing water is not well. In order to improve the site, the priority is to connect it with local communities and make it walkable and friendly. The potential value of the site is considerable, it is important to increase the value of the site and improve the interaction among local residents. The wetlands and waterways are an iconic feature of the landscape forming an integral part of within Coolibah Reserve. They are highly used recreational areas recognised for their environmental attributes. Their importance as a key feature of the area was also reflected in the past with the Gwegal, Bidgigal and Gadigal clans known as the‘water people’. The project plans for the long term and provision, being adaptable to changing needs of local residents.
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Acknowledgement of Country
We acknowledge and respect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Australia, as the traditional custodians of our lands, waters and seas. We recognise their ability to care for Country and their deep spiritual connection with Country. We honour Elders past and present whose knowledge and wisdom ensure the continuation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.