Design double…beginning and endings

Team members at The Communication Link are not renown for our design skills, however during August we have proudly been part of the beginning and end of two very different design ideas competitions.

The Queanbeyan Business Chamber launched the Downtown Q 2025 Design Ideas Competition on a windy Monday morning on the streets of Queanbeyan. With $62,000 up for grabs in the prize pool this national design ideas competition seeks to re-imagine critical streets and sites with the central business district of Queanbeyan.

Engineers Australia’s Freefall Experience Design Ideas Competition drew to a close in August with the announcement of a winning design by Queensland firm Bligh Tanner. The Communication Link was proud to provide stakeholder engagement and communications support to this competition from its earliest inception and official launch in November 2014. The Freefall Experience competition called on engineers, designers and other creative professionals to design a showpiece installation in the Engineers Australia Freefall forest at the National Arboretum Canberra.

Preparing for the launch of Downtown Q 2025

Preparing for the launch of Downtown Q 2025

Although seeking very different design outcomes; one for a rural city CBD and the other a lasting monument to the contribution of engineers; both competitions tackled their communication priorities in a similar fashion. Working with our friends at Newcast, digital content has been a key feature in the communications campaign for both these projects, coupling social media and direct communications to produce positive outcomes.

Listening to community voices

Kerri and Helen have enjoyed getting out to a round of community consultation events and presentations to Community Councils during August. We haven’t been scared off by cold school halls, or windy community centres. It has been great to spend time talking with the local community and hearing their thoughts on potential redevelopment of a range of blocks across the city. We have lots of data (aka community views) and now the best part of community engagement, analysis! We love telling the government what we heard and take the responsibility of interpreting community feedback very seriously.

Other bits and pieces…

In addition to the above, over recent months The Communication Link has been working with Capital Metro, the ACT Asbestos Response Taskforce, ACT Health and our colleagues at ACTEW Water. As we head into the second half of 2104, we are as busy as ever. We are exploring some opportunities to partner with old friends, turning our attention to the impact of nanotechnology on agricultural and veterinary products and of course counting down the days to the annual Hands Across Canberra event. Is Friday 21 November in your diary?

Congratulations to our friends at Intelledox on winning ACT Business of the Year at the Telstra ACT Business of the Year awards. We assume they have entered the ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards, so watch this space when this is announced on 14 October 2014.

Join us at the 2014 IAP2 Australasian Leadership Forum in Sydney in October http://www.iap2.org.au/events/event/Sydney-Leadership-Forum-2014