ABCDE Learning Sites

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Asset Based Community Driven Effort (ABCDE) Learning Sites

The City of Launceston has collaborated with Bank of I.D.E.A.S to deliver two Asset Based Community Driven Effort (ABCDE) Learning Sites in the suburb of Rocherlea in 2017, and Ravenswood in 2018. From May 2019, Council is working with the Mowbray community to implement Launceston's third ABCDE Learning Site over a 12 month period.

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'. 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 Site will occur over a 12 month period based on eight touchstones. The City of Launceston has employed a Community Connector for this period to guide the Mowbray 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.


Reach out, say hello and get involved in the Mowbray Learning Site!

Sarah McCormack
Community Connector - Mowbray Learning Site
P: 0428 109 948


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.


Past ABCDE Learning Site reports


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