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Placemaking Palmerston North set to Grow

Thursday July 30 2015

The Palmerston North City Council has invited Australian Placemaking guru Peter Smith to share his experience implementing the concept in Adelaide.

Peter Smith, the former Chief Executive of the Adelaide City Council describes it as Place Governance.

"It is about the city in terms of competitiveness. Great cities are like a tapas bar, there is a dish there for everyone, so Palmerston North will be where they like to go," he says.

The visit is an element in Palmerston North City Council's Long Term Plan to invest significantly in the city centre, says David Murphy, City Planning Manager.

"It will be interesting to hear what Peter has to say as he has first-hand experience of leading the implementation of a successful Placemaking strategy during his time as CEO at Adelaide City Council. This is the reason we invited Peter to the City," he says.

The success of Placemaking in other cities including Adelaide has been a significant drawcard for Palmerston North.

"Little Cuba and the Broadway Backyard projects are examples of where the Council has applied a Placemaking approach to its own work. But there is a need for more Council-led examples of Placemaking to help justify the approach and assist with a greater understanding within the community," David Murphy says.

"PNCC have already made a lot of progress in terms of Placemaking, so I am here to help take that to the next level," Peter Smith says.

During Peter's visit, he will be doing various street tours as well as talking to Council and business leaders about the concept of Place Governance in cities.

"It is important the private sector and the community participate in a planning exercise to inform this investment and also make their own contribution to successfully activating public spaces. Peter's visit will help set the tone for a collaborative approach to this work," David says.

Peter Smith believes Placemaking is about using what he describes as a 'place-up' approach to how we design and plan our cities. "It is about taking all the great things the city's already been doing but making people think differently about how we see and engage with the city as a whole."

Peter will be in Palmerston North from Tuesday August 4th until Friday August 7th.

For further information, visit the Placemaking Palmerston North Facebook Page