Students from UNSW Facility of the Built environment will be returning to look at the Canowindra Rail Precinct again as part of the BE OutThere program which is about engaging with communities and providing students with an opportunity to work with clients in an inter-disciplinary setting.
The client in this case, includes the Canowindra community, Cabonne Council, John Holland Group (CRN) and community stakeholders such as the Business Chamber, Historical Society, Age of Fishes Museum. The disciplines of the students will range from planners, landscape architects, architects, through to interior architects and industrial designers.
The intent of the course is to explore possibilities for the use of the precinct, and finding ways of giving it back to the community as a public domain as well acknowledging the historical context of the rail and grain handling. The first group of students researched and surveyed the community and site in which various themes were established that highlighted the potential and opportunities for the site.
One of these was the historical and cultural aspects, taking into consideration the significance of the precinct. Various presentations where made from the respective stakeholders including Lachlan Valley Rail by Lawrence Ryan and Eddy Wilkinson.
By Dylan Gower
image; courtesy of UNSW