Located in the Escarpment Park at Alkimos Beach, Sprout is an excellent example of Local Government, Developers and Social Enterprise working together to deliver community infrastructure early in response to potential community isolation risks. Sprout Ventures were recently awarded a National Social Enterprise Innovation Award by Social Traders, for the Sprout pilot at Alkimos (June 2015).
Sprout is a temporary, repurposed shipping container that has been transformed into a portable community activation hub. Sprout Alkimos Beach is a pilot project in community activation and pop up infrastructure that will operate for a period of three years and fill a gap in the delivery of programmed social infrastructure.
The Sprout start up social enterprise Sprout Ventures was established in partnership with Lend Lease and LandCorp who are development partners at the Alkimos Beach master planned community. The Sprout Alkimos Beach concept has become a reality due to the support and forward thinking City Growth (Urban Planning) and Community Development teams at the City of Wanneroo.
Through an event space, café, co-working desks and on-line portal, Sprout aims to provide a space for the organic formation of the community’s identity and creation of real ‘place’. Sprout also caters to a range of functions from screening outdoor movies to providing a space for residents to practice yoga and host exhibitions.
In order to support local groups and clubs, Sprout has set up a Seedling Fund. This fund facilitates a community governance model which transfers ownership of development activities to the community itself. It was established to create a culture of contribution, and getting local people involved. Ten cents in every one dollar from every coffee sold goes towards community led and decided activities, equipment or events. A minimum of $1500 per quarter is available to the community. There are many amazing groups and individuals working hard to better the community. The Seedling Fund recognises this great work, and gives back with the purchase of much needed items for community clubs, groups, associations, or even individuals who have a great idea.
Sprout is a unique offering that will be the only place for early community interactions and connections within the Alkimos Beach development ahead of formal social infrastructure being constructed. Community infrastructure in growth areas such as this is typically delivered based on threshold catchments. In the case of Alkimos Beach, the permanent community infrastructure is programmed for delivery in seven years’ time.
- City of Wanneroo
- Sprout Ventures
In addition to creating and enhancing the community’s sense of place and connections, Sprout has a number of other health, economic, environmental, social and use benefits.