Engaging the next generation of Sydneysiders
The next generation of Sydneysiders now has a new way to learn about and engage with plans for the future of their city.
UrbanGrowth NSW today released The big plan for The Bays Precinct, Sydney, a primary schools’ version of the urban transformation plan for The Bays Precinct, Sydney.
The document clearly communicates the ambition, goals and objectives for the area, using illustrated characters and simple language to tell the story of The Bays and bring to life the plans for its transformation.
“This initiative demonstrates our organisation’s ongoing commitment to community and youth engagement, something that is vital to ensuring the best possible outcomes for all local residents, as well as broader Sydney,” said UrbanGrowth NSW Chief Executive, David Pitchford.
“The big plan for The Bays Precinct, Sydney is designed to help us engage with the future generation who will live, work and play in the precinct. It is part of a school engagement process that began at the Schools Leadership Forum at the Sydneysiders Summit last year.”
The initiative also supports a recent government commitment to introducing urban and regional planning studies into the school curriculum. It is a pilot that will be tested across 46 schools, of which eight were involved in the Schools Leadership Forum, with the others local to The Bays Precinct. There is the potential for wider distribution if the pilot has a good response.
Teachers will be able to use The big plan for The Bays Precinct, Sydney as part of the primary level geography curriculum. Support materials have been produced including teachers’ notes with recommended inquiry questions, and teachers will be asked to provide feedback through a form or online survey.
The document also supports a broader initiative between UrbanGrowth NSW and Department of Education, with the creation of a fieldwork program that involves school excursions around The Bays Precinct, conducted by Observatory Hill Environmental Education Centre.
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