Newman Town Centre
This project demonstrates excellence in leadership from planning through to execution and provides the town of Newman with a wonderful legacy project that will continue to build community interaction that is socially and financially sustainable.
The square is a significant component of the Newman Town Centre revitalization project. It provides significant shade trees across a 2,600sqm civic plaza that once was previous hardstand carpark. The creation of a new civic space assists the regional community of Newman transitioning from a mineral dependent region to one that is more livable, meaningful and places community and identity are at the heart of the town.
The project highlights the opportunities that come from authentic reconciliation approaches to the design of public space. This was exemplified by the cultural healing between two Indigenous language groups the Martu and Nyiyaparli whose Cloud Rock Rainmaking Story has been produced with local artists and is made available on the large digital screen within the square.
The community’s sense of ownership and ongoing direction has been supported by a robust Place Management Plan led by the landscape architects. The project embodies how landscape architects are directly contributing to improvements in the mental and social health and wellbeing of a regional community.