Davis Park in Beaconsfield is an area of high density social housing (over 97%), and faces many complex challenges including anti-social behaviour, crime and vandalism. Residents have reported feeling fearful and socially isolated as they increasingly withdraw from their community. In addition, plans for redevelopment of the area are having a significant impact on families, and creating anxiety in many long term residents.
Imagined Futures identified this as an area in particular need of a collective response. The Davis Park Working Group was formed in 2014, consisting of agencies and organisations working in the area. These agencies bring together their knowledge, experience and resources to address the range of complex issues and provide better outcomes for residents.
The Department of Communities has recently funded a Community Facilitator to assist the Working Group to build upon the significant work already undertaken and to provide greater support to residents. The facilitator is also working to encourage strong community engagement in the redevelopment process.