In 2021, Shirley youth were invited to participate in Youth Audits at 3 locations: Shirley Library, MacFarlane Park Basketball Court & 10 Shirley Road/Shirley Community Reserve.
Below are links to a summary post & original report for each:
– Youth Audit Shirley Library [Burwood Ward]
– Youth Audit MacFarlane Park [Basketball Court, Shirley]
– Youth Audit 10 Shirley Road [Shirley Community Reserve, Richmond]
The audits were conducted by ReVision, organised by Shirley Village Project & funded by the Department of Internal Affairs.
“ReVision have tools to support young people to audit places and spaces that are or will be used by young people to ensure that it is youth friendly, and tools to help planners, managers, architects and designers use Youth Relevant Design to create youth-friendly places and spaces.”
“A plan for Shirley will document the local community’s vision and priorities.
It is particularly important now to guide how we might use the resources available to us through the Department of Internal Affairs’ Community Led Development Programme over the next five years.”
Youth Audit Tool
“Funded by Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) for an initial trial, Youth Audits for…Shirley Library, and MacFarlane Park are now complete .”
“Feedback from Council staff and community partners have highlighted the value of input at an early stage of facility design/redesign, and that the Youth audit it is a valuable tool for obtaining youth perspectives on a project (something that has been historically difficult to obtain).”
Attachments: Canterbury Youth Audit Tool – Audit Check Card (Page 18), ReVision Report – Shirley Library (Page 20) & ReVision Report – MacFarlane Park (Page 38)
Youth Audit Shirley Library [Burwood Ward]
The Shirley Library performed below average, in the Youth Friendly Spaces Audit, scoring a total of 64.5% and producing a Net Promoter Score of -50.
Youth Audit MacFarlane Park [Basketball Court, Shirley]
The MacFarlane Park Basketball Court performed averagely in the Youth Friendly Spaces Audit, scoring a total of 59.5% and producing a Net Promoter Score of 0.
Youth Audit 10 Shirley Road [Shirley Community Reserve, Richmond]
10 Shirley Road performed averagely in the Youth Friendly Spaces Audit, scoring a total of 42% and received a poor Net Promoter Score of -37.5.
Many of the issues identified in the Youth Audits for Shirley Library & 10 Shirley Road, could be addressed by creating a new central ‘Community Hub’ at the Shirley Community Reserve, that would complement the existing community facilities in MacFarlane Park & surrounding suburbs.
More youth living in the suburbs surrounding Shirley Road: Shirley, Dallington, Richmond, Edgeware, St Albans & Mairehau, could benefit from the positive aspects of the 10 Shirley Road site highlighted in the Youth Audit above.