Martin Ollman

City Place Manager

Canberra City lost its pulse a while ago. The City Renewal Authority has engaged us as City Place Managers to help restart the heart of the city.

Lavanna and Oli manage the City Place Team – 10 government hands-on staff – to lift the standard of cleaning, comfort, greenery and activation of the city centre. They oversee the events and installation programs of the city, which are restarting as COVID restrictions ease. Dionysus are working with the City Renewal Authority on soft and hard infrastructure changes to make the city places about its people, as well as supporting and developing cultural programs to build the rhythm and identity of Canberra City.

Client

City Renewal Authority, ACT Government

Purpose

To work with many people to cultivate the soul of Canberra City.

Roles

Manage the city events and installation program; direct the dashing City Place Team to clean and green the City and Inner Braddon.

When

From Feb 2019 onwards

Initiatives

Street furniture, planter boxes, ReNewYou, Lunchbox Acoustic and projects not yet unveiled

Project calendar

Project
Client
Purpose
Roles
When

Place Team

Client

City Renewal Authority

Purpose

We manage a team of TCCS staff who deliver above and beyond beautification to the city including cleaning, horticultural projects, furniture maintenance and event management support.

Roles

Team management, writing collaborative work plans and developing a good workplace culture in a typically thankless role

When

2019 - ongoing

Where

Canberra City, Braddon, Dickson, Henry Rolland Park

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Lunchbox Acoustic

Client

City Renewal Authority

Purpose

To enliven the city every week day and some weekends, helping employ musicians during COVID-19.

Roles

Book, event manage and artist liaison

When

Every week day

Established

August 2020

ReNewYou

Client

City Renewal Authority

Purpose

Weekly, free, healthy activity classes to encourage people to get out and enjoy their city centre.

Roles

Design, deliver and communicate

When

Weekly

Where

Throughout Canberra City

Established

September 2020

Enlighten in the City

Client

City Renewal Authority

Purpose

To celebrate Enlighten in the city, bringing life and colour to the heritage buildings.

Roles

Curation, event management, stakeholder engagement and retail activation

Size

Direct Audience: 10,000, Indirect audience 100,000

When

26th Feb - 8th March 2021

Where

Throughout Canberra City

Liz Lea

Urban Poetry

Client

City Renewal Authority

Purpose

A collaborative project between poets and designers to thread meaningful messages around the City.

Roles

Curation, procurement and installation management

Size

Direct Audience: 100,000

When

February 2021 onwards

Where

Garema Place, City West and Braddon

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Great Day in a Great Place

Client

City Renewal Authority

Purpose

Adding vibrancy to city centre with colourful ground murals that connect city spaces.

Roles

Art curation and installation logistics support

Size

Direct Audience: 100,000

When

19th November 2020

Where

City Walk

Martin Ollman

City Walk Opening Event

Client

City Renewal Authority

Purpose

To celebrate the re-design of City Walk.

Roles

Event management, programming and stakeholder engagement

Size

Direct Audience: 100

When

11th November 2020

Where

City Walk

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Floriade in the City

Client

City Renewal Authority

Purpose

To celebrate Floriade with themed programming, art curation, flower displays and workshops.

Roles

Curation, event management, stakeholder engagement and retail activation

Size

Direct Audience: 100,000

When

12th Sep - 11th Oct 2020

Where

Throughout Canberra City

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Garema Place Mural Wall

Client

City Renewal Authority

Purpose

To add colour and cultural expression in the heart of the City: Garema Place.

Roles

Art curation, operations, logistics and compliance management

Size

Direct Audience: 250,000

When

September 2020 - ongoing

Where

Garema Place

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Bike Repair Stations and Bike Racks Install

Client

City Renewal Authority

Purpose

Installation of bike repair stations and bike racks throughout the city to encourage active travel and the ability for individuals to perform bike repairs.

Roles

Procurement and installation management

When

July 2020 onwards

Where

Throughout Canberra City

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Hand Sanitiser Installs

Client

City Renewal Authority

Purpose

Installation of hand sanitiser stations across the city to encourage best hygiene practices across the City during a global pandemic.

Roles

Procurement and installation management

When

May 2020 onwards

Where

Throughout Canberra City

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Dancing in the Streets

Client

City Renewal Authority

Purpose

Night-time parades through the city and Braddon, to bring unexpected joy, colour and a renewed sense of vitality in our public spaces.

Roles

Art curation, event programming, stakeholder engagement and retail activation

Size

Direct Audience: 1,000

When

28th February 2020

Where

Throughout Canberra City

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Christmas in the City

Client

City Renewal Authority

Purpose

To celebrate a City Christmas with beautiful Christmas installations, art and events.

Roles

Curation, event management, stakeholder engagement and retail activation

Size

Direct Audience: 100,000

When

12th December 2019

Where

Throughout Canberra City

Established

2019

Regularity

Events seasonally

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Playful Endeavour

Client

City Renewal Authority

Purpose

School holidays activity that encourages creativity, featuring a range of recycled materials for loose parts play.

Roles

Project Management, event management support, operations, logistics, and compliance management

Size

Direct Audience: 2,500

When

September 2019 - ongoing

Where

Glebe Park and Haig Park

Martin Ollman

Citywide Planter Boxes

Client

City Renewal Authority

Purpose

To add colour and freshness to the City Centre with seasonal flower displays.

Roles

To add colour and cultural expression in the heart of the City: Garema Place

Where

Throughout Canberra City

Established

2019 onwards

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Flowers and garden rejuvenation

Client

City Renewal Authority

Purpose

To add colour and freshness to the City Centre with seasonal horticulture works.

Roles

Collaboration with the Place Team in identifying plants, locations, and ongoing maintenance

Size

Direct Audience: 200,000

When

2019 - ongoing

Where

Throughout Canberra City

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