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Ten “People’s Maps” of the Fraser Electorate

Back in October 2011, I launched the ‘Mapping the Northside’ project to develop a people’s map of my electorate.

Belconnen Arts Centre displayed a 3m x 2m map on their wall, where people could come in and locate their favourite places in Canberra’s north – the federal electorate of Fraser that I have the privilege to represent. Belconnen Arts Centre also facilitated information sessions at Gorman House Arts Centre, Gungahlin Library, and at their own location in Emu Bank, Belconnen. Local professional artist Maryann Mussared was on hand to help with the creative process.

Popular locations included local universities, mountains, popular walking spots and community facilities such as John Knight Park in Belconnen and Gungahlin Skate Park.  We turned this into a Google Map of people’s favourite places.

I’ve now joined forces with design students from the University of Canberra to put some of those key places into an infographics map. The range of options and different ways of showing key northside places was incredible and I was impressed by the students’ creativity.

You can have a look at the different ideas the students came up with at the links below. My favourite was Michelle’s, and this will appear in my next community newsletter.

What do you think?

Many thanks go to Ben Ennis Butler, the University of Canberra, Belconnen Arts Centre, Gungahlin Library and the Gorman House Arts Centre for their support on this exciting project.

One Comment

  1. John says:

    Hi Andrew,

    I don’t care whether you are labour, liberal, green, or even ‘party for a party party’. What a brillant idea!

    Keep it up!

    P.S. Hope other politicians take up your idea. What a brillant way to get a local flavour in a friendly way. I.e. a politician whose electorate includes coastal areas will have maps that include surf spots and fishing spots; a mountainous electoral area will include great waterfall areas, etc. you should put out the challenge to your parlimentary colleuges (exuse the spelling).