Charting participatory action and interventionist research processes and for community-based stakeholders in peri-urban contexts: the proposed St. Cuthbert’s Community Centre, Lorne, Australia

Martek, Igor, Luther, Mark, Seaton, Stewart, Costin, Glenn, Li, Hong Xian, Tokede, Olubukola and Jones, David 2019, Charting participatory action and interventionist research processes and for community-based stakeholders in peri-urban contexts: the proposed St. Cuthbert’s Community Centre, Lorne, Australia, Urban science, vol. 3, no. 2, doi: 10.3390/urbansci3020058.

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Title Charting participatory action and interventionist research processes and for community-based stakeholders in peri-urban contexts: the proposed St. Cuthbert’s Community Centre, Lorne, Australia
Author(s) Martek, IgorORCID iD for Martek, Igor orcid.org/0000-0001-6573-1291
Luther, MarkORCID iD for Luther, Mark orcid.org/0000-0002-9677-7636
Seaton, Stewart
Costin, GlennORCID iD for Costin, Glenn orcid.org/0000-0002-3296-1987
Li, Hong XianORCID iD for Li, Hong Xian orcid.org/0000-0002-5027-2915
Tokede, OlubukolaORCID iD for Tokede, Olubukola orcid.org/0000-0002-5116-3390
Jones, DavidORCID iD for Jones, David orcid.org/0000-0003-3990-5520
Journal name Urban science
Volume number 3
Issue number 2
Article ID 58
Total pages 18
Publisher MDPI
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publication date 2019
ISSN 2413-8851
Summary Participatory action combined interventionist research approaches can offer possibilities for community-based facilities and institutions attempting to re-engage with their communities and assert their presence. St. Cuthbert’s Church is a heritage-listed property, located on a major landholding, right in the heart of the summer tourist town of Lorne, on Melbourne’s peri-urban ‘sea change’ fringe. Its sloping hillside vantage offers spectacular views to the beach and Bass Strait, beyond. The congregation, however, is aging, while the broader community is increasingly secular. In response to these circumstances, the Church is looking to assert its relevance with the procurement of a community centre to be erected on the property. Using an interventionist research approach, with a professional facilitator in ‘participatory action design’, it was found that while both residents and visitors to Lorne were favourably disposed to the idea of a community centre, it was also clear that the locus of power that needed to realise this objective lay outside the congregation’s control. A conclusion of this research is that community-based organisations may have to pro-actively engage in professional marketing and prepare business plans, as well as engage in substantial political lobbying both within and external to the Church, if the project is to progress and succeed.
Language eng
DOI 10.3390/urbansci3020058
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2019, The Authors
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