About the project

Traditional youth spaces like playgrounds, sandpits and skate parks are important, but we need to think, plan and design differently if we want to make sure young people experience the full benefits of play and activity.

Since the Youth Spaces Plan was developed in 2021, we have done more work identify the best locations for outdoor youth spaces across Banyule. As part of this work we have considered outdoor spaces for preteens and early teens (12 to 14 years), teens and young adults (15 to 25 years), and district spaces for all young people.

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Banyule Youth Spaces Plan

The Banyule Youth Spaces Plan was adopted by Council on 30 August 2021.

The Plan will guide Council to provide outdoor recreation places and spaces for young people aged 12 – 25 years across Banyule. It will make sure these places and spaces are youth-friendly, that they enable young people to feel included and that they are holistic, innovative and meaningful for young people across Banyule.

The Plan also supports an assessment of community need and demand for additional youth recreation spaces and facilities. Key actions included in the plan are:

  • investigate locations and feasibility for district youth spaces to service the needs of youth aged 12 – 25 years
  • investigate locations and feasibility for walkable local spaces for youth aged 12 – 14 years and spaces for youth aged 15 – 17 years spread across the municipality
  • develop a funding program that covers the costs for these proposed facilities, including maintenance and renewal.

The Youth Spaces Plan was prepared in alignment with the Banyule Youth Services Action Plan 2019.

What we did

To develop the Youth Spaces Plan, we actively engaged 348 community members through surveys, workshops/events and group discussions with:

  • Banyule YouthFest attendees
  • Malahang Park patrons
  • Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer, Asexual + (LGBTIQA+) young people
  • Young people of all abilities
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) community
  • La Trobe University students
  • Young parents groups
  • Banyule and Nillumbik Youth Services Network
  • Selected local secondary schools
  • Relevant Council departments and staff

View the Consultation Report and the Demographic Review.