ABCDE Learning Sites

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ABCDE Learning Sites; focusing on ‘what’s strong, not what’s wrong’.

Council has been working with the Invermay community since July 2022 over an 18-month period, implementing Launceston's sixth ABCDE Learning Site. 

The Council has collaborated with Bank of I.D.E.A.S to deliver six Asset Based Community Driven Effort (ABCDE) Learning Sites:

  • Invermay 2022-2023
  • Kings Meadows in 2021 
  • Youngtown in 2019
  • Ravenswood in 2018
  • Rocherlea in 2017

The Learning Sites enable a community to identify their assets, build connections and create change in the heart of the community to benefit those living within the area. The approach is about focusing on ‘what’s strong, not what’s wrong’.  

Reach out, say hello and get involved in the Invermay Learning Site:

Learn more about the Invermay ABCDE Learning Site

If you would like to chat about your ideas and get involved in the Invermay ABCDE Learning Site or register for the community events  please contact Council's Community Connector.

Sarah McCormack, Community Connector
Phone 0428 109 948

Download the Invermay ABCDE Learning Site information card(PDF, 549KB).   

As one of the first local governments to embrace this strategy-based approach, the City of Launceston has worked with local leaders within the suburbs to identify, connect and mobilise their assets in order to take action, make positive change and directly shape their own community’s future.

How it works

The Learning Sites occur over a 12 - 18 month period based on eight touchstones.

The City of Launceston’s Community Connector for this period guides the community through the process.

8 Touchstones

  • Recruiting a community connector;
  • Finding a community builder team;
  • Hosting conversations to discover assets and what people care about;
  • Engaging local groups and associations;
  • Building connections through social interaction activities and shareable community opportunities;
  • Visioning and planning by asking 3 key questions:
    1. What can we do?

    2. What do we need outside help with?
    3. What do we need outside agencies to do for us?

  • Implementing change (doing and reviewing); and
  • Foster celebration.


Community Films

The Hidden Gems of Kings

A ten-minute film made by Action Crew and Kings Meadows High School students in November 2021 featuring the hidden gems of Kings Meadows.

Dear Youngtown, a letter to our community

The City of Launceston celebrated the Youngtown ABCDE learning site with this short film made by the fabulous students of Youngtown Primary School and Kings Meadows High School. In 3 days we trained up 3 film crews, made up of 20 students interviewing 18 talents. 

Dear Mowbray

As part of the Mowbray Learning Site, the following 'Dear Mowbray' short film was created. Evi van der Niet and David Adams from Action Crew visited Mowbray in October and mentored Mowbray Heights Primary School grade 5 students over three full days in how to make a film. Pop up crews learnt the roles of camera, sound and lighting operators and the interviewer role and told us it was one of the best days they had experienced.

The Ravenswood Reporters

As filmmakers we believe in the power of stories. We need stories like we need sunshine. They weave our lives together. They turn away our fears. We interviewed incredible people. Their stories all tell how Ravenswood has the heart, guts & courage to turn its potential into reality. 

Community Newsletters

Find out what's happening at the ABCDE Learning Sites

Join the ABCDE Learning Sites Newsletter to receive news and event information.

Sign Up

Find the most recent and previous editions of the ABCDE Learning Sites Newsletter here: ABCDE Newsletters

Community and Event Grants

Each year the City of Launceston offers a wide range of Community Grant and Event Funding opportunities to support events and community initiatives across the city.

Learn more about available Community Grant Funding and Event Funding opportunities offered by City of Launceston.