Although I do miss my old stomping ground in the leafy inner city suburb of Elwood with its cafes and restaurants on my doorstep – I equally enjoy living in an exciting master planned community set amidst 27 hectares of beautiful wetlands, parklands and indigenous trees. I love waking up in the morning listening to the birds sing or seeing a range of waterbirds such as Pelicans, Egrets and Swamphens just outside of my window.
Facilities include a primary school, family & children’s centre, District Park and ovals, a resident’s only facility “Club Marriott” and a brand new shopping precinct with restaurants, all within easy walking distance.
Developers know that choosing the right community is just as important as building the right home. Great communities are carefully planned spaces. They are well located, friendly, safe and secure, providing people with spaces to grow that are close to everything.
Just like the physical community the website for such a community should also reflect shared values and needs by offering a friendly and secure membership based online space where people can feel safe and feel that they belong. It should grow as the communities needs grow, encouraging engagement and community spirit. Communication is the key to any successful community – and the website should align with community values, acting as an online facilitator for community discussion.
In the same way that developers work hard to make your new home journey a smooth and enjoyable experience, a community website needs to reflect that environment and ease communications between the residents of the community and the community management.
There are many parallels between building a physical community and building an online community such as:
Physical: Keeping Community members informed using meetings, letterbox drops, or notice boards.
Online: Posting via Social Media, email or website News posts- anywhere, anytime.
Physical: Community Club House or hall acts as a hub- where community members can meet and discuss what’s on their minds.
Online: Creating a virtual meeting place where people can gather and talk about their communities.
Physical: Pathways and signs make sure people can get to where they need to go in their neighbourhood safely and easily.
Online: Websites navigation guides people to where they need to go, easily and without fuss.
Physical: Community Planners always factor in Growth and Expansion.
Online: Websites too need to be flexible and scale out as community needs grow.
Physical: Any Community is only a community if people feel like they belong.
Online: An online Membership Area creates a sense of belonging and gives people the freedom to express their opinions in a safe and open way.
Like a modern day Town Hall a website has become the platform where communities can communicate and interact.
After all Communication is the key to any Successful Community
See our new Community Website for Villawood Estate – Marriott Waters. This informative, interactive, mobile responsive website better serves the community by providing a platform for Residents, Club Members and Community Managers to Communicate with each other. Functionality includes Calendar of Events, Function Room Booking Facilities, Members Login Area and more.