I have also posted about this in the Cycling Discussion (asking for people's suggestions relevant to cycling).
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Here are some ideas which I (figuratively) scribbled down in another online group:
I'd be interested to know whether by "planning" it means more than just the construction side (I'm guessing so). One idea I'd like to promote (and I'm guessing there will be others with the same idea in mind, if it fits into the discussion topics) would be more opportunities to empower citizens, and allow groups of people to work together to form communities and bring about changes, rather than just having the relations between service-users and service-providers. In other words, a bottom-up rather than top-down approach. A couple of useful links: www.civilsociety.org.au and www.getup.org.au Another good topic could be along the lines of "social capital", defining what makes a happy healthy community etc.
Been thinking about general ideas for how the government could facilitate engagement of people in the community for making changes and assisting groups to work together etc. One point is the role of community development workers employed in government departments: it would be preferable if people in the community were involved more in the earlier stages of decision-making, rather than as the last box to tick! Also, community development workers could be sent to work with public housing estates, suburbs with high unemployment rates, ethnic communities, asylum seekers etc. to help them to set up groups to work to make changes in their communities, apply for funding grants etc.. Then there are the non-government organisations in the welfare sector: an idea could be for the government to provide training in community development principles and practices to charity organisation, neighborhood houses etc. and make these practices a condition for receiving funding (as is appropriate for the nature of the organisation). [Community Development can be defined as the process of engaging groups of people to find out what they want - what they really want, not just what fits in with existing structures - and facilitating them in working to achieve change.]