YourGround – making outdoor spaces safe

Published on 28 May 2021

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Moira Shire Council is proud to be a partner in the YourGround research project led by Monash University which will advance knowledge of personal safety in public spaces.

Mayor Libro Mustica said YourGround will map local streets, parks, trails and recreational spaces, sharing the often hidden experiences of safety, particularly for women and gender-diverse people.

“With the implementation of Victoria’s Gender Equality Act 2020, creating inclusive spaces for women and gender-diverse people is a priority state-wide,” Cr Mustica said.

“YourGround is a proactive tool to help make positive change in our shared public spaces.

“The map crowdsources data, allowing users to anonymously drop a pin, tell a story or share an experience while out for leisure, sport, exercise or play.

“When collated and analysed, this data will provide insights that can make our outdoor spaces more inclusive and equitable.”

Cr Mustica said people’s individual experience will help develop this research project.

“The stories and places shared on the YourGround map will inform key decisions and decision-makers and document changes to public and recreational spaces,” he said.

Dr Nicole Kalms, co-director of Monash University’s XYXLab, said the ability to move freely in and around the places you live, work and play, and to feel you belong in your space and place is an essential human right.

“Yet often this is denied to many on the basis of gender,” Dr Kalms said.

“As designers, architects, urban planners, councillors, facilitators, even equity experts, we can’t make assumptions about what women and gender-diverse people experience.

“XYX Lab works from lived, sometimes hidden, experiences to really make an impact.

“As a grassroots, crowdsourcing tool YourGround will uncover the experiences that restrict access to exercise and freedom of movement and provide important insights to those tasked with making key decisions.”

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