Nowra Riverfront Activation Plan

Engaging stakeholders and community in the development of Nowra Riverfront 

Client: Nowra Riverfront Activation Taskforce, Shoalhaven City Council
Our role: Process facilitation, stakeholder involvement, strategy, masterplan
Location: Nowra, Australia
Year: 2023
Status: Ongoing


    The Nowra Riverfront Precinct provides a significant opportunity to shape the future of Nowra and strengthen its role as the civic, community, tourism, and recreational hub for the Shoalhaven region. Shoalhaven City Council is working with the NSW Government’s Nowra Riverfront Advisory Taskforce (NRAT) on an activation plan to define the future direction for development of the Nowra Riverfront Precinct and to ensure the existing qualities are preserved and strengthened in the process.

    arki_lab has been engaged to facilitate a range of community engagement opportunities with key stakeholders and the broader community to inform the future Activation Plan for the Nowra Riverfront Precinct. The iterative engagement process is based on a wide range of methods to ensure that as broad as possible cross-section of the community will feel included. The engagement opportunities include landowner interviews, drop-in workshop, survey, stakeholder workshop, feedback loops and digital and analogue communication.

    Our iterative engagement process is based on getting back to the community for feedback on preliminary conclusions and draft plans. Through visualizations and selected quotes we exhibit our initial understanding of the challenges, opportunities and proposed solutions for the future activation of the precinct. Being bold and putting pen paper allows for a constructive, and sometimes heated, discussion that moves the project forward.


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