In amongst everything that is happening and our familiarity with meeting together online in our own homes, the Launceston Global Shapers Hub asked the question – how can Launceston become a millennial friendly city?
This was done in collaboration with a world renowned expert in how cities can be transformed to be more liveable, Steve Burgess
We learned about how Launceston’s population demographics actually put us in the right spot to reflect the priorities of millennials – because almost one in four people who call Launceston home are aged between 18 and 34.
But when you start stepping away from the data, the experiences shared in the room showcased that we have a long way to go.
A major focus of our conversations were around transport and connections that we have across our city – because we are looking at the different ways we can move and use our city.
It’s more than just the road network for those of us who own our own cars, but we need to look at how we can move by foot, by bike, by bus and other means as well.
We have a city that is incredibly walkable, with waterways and parks that are fantastic – but we explore them but we don’t transit through these iconic locations.
The biggest take away was that Launceston in its entirety cannot be millennial-friendly.
But our suburbs and community centres can make themselves millennial-friendly.
It is hard to shift and change our entire CBD and every street.
But community centres can make themselves the hub for millennials.
It could be Inveresk when the university moves, or is there another community centre that wants the action, the fun and social culture where people congregate and enjoy?
Let’s look at how each community centre reflects what our city can be and make Launceston the place that people want to call home.
Thanks must go to Steve Burgess of Complete Streets for sharing his global experience with our community – and covering the food and drink for everyone there.
And for Kaitlin from Enterprize sharing her stories of Launceston and Chloe, a Launceston student, who both shared the parts we collectively cringe around but also the opportunities we are missing.
And while it was the final contribution of the event, the legacy for many of us was hearing the experience of international students who come here for the opportunities that Launceston should offer.
These students are excited about what is on offer here, but then get let down when their foreign name hurts their opportunities for work, buses don’t always pick them up and other factors – and it shows that we have something really important to tackle.
We have some work to do.
- Adam Mostogl is the founder and curator of the Launceston Global Shapers Hub – a network of young people working to address regional and global challenges.
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