Midway Road Community House


“It looks like a regular house, all locked up and private”


  • 120 community members participated in the project

  • 50% were new to the Centre

  • 15% were from culturally and linguistically diverse communities (under-represented amongst existing Centre participants)


Creative Projects


  • Colourful community art wall on the side of the building that can be seen from the shopping centre, pedestrian crossing, foot and vehicle traffic
  • Fairy lights in the tree visible at night


  • Contemporary rebranding visible up-close on fence panels , and from afar on the colourful community art wall
  • “What’s On” signage using corf lute boards with blackboard paint updated and displayed at the front of the building


  • Creative, colourful and welcoming presentation
  • boundary and internal fences painted in bright colour to connect with branding
  • Painted pot plants and upcycled car tyres with plants adding pops of colour throughout the site (at ground and eye level)
  • Fence panels with images representing diversity in the community and in the program and activities offered


  • Directional dots along pathway to building entrance
  • Potted citrus trees lining the pathway entrance
  • Landscaped front garden to delineate car-parking area from seating area and pathways to the entrance
  • The gates are open during the day at the Centre


  • Window awnings removed from the outside
  • Net curtains removed from inside the building
  • Activity inside the building can be seen from the outside
  • Being able to see the outside space and the street is also a form of “passive surveillance” which promotes safe use of a space
  • The Centre has two driveways – one provides direct access to the carpark, and the other has ‘directional dots’ to the front door promoting it as a pathway


  • Picnic-set and bench seating at the front of the building
  • Pot plant / trash n treasure stand at entrance gate to draw people in to the site
  • Fence gates remain open during operation hours

Community Partners

  • Elizabeth East Residents
  • Thomas Moore Primary School
  • Sierra Leone Women’s Association of SA
  • Basango Refugees Association of SA
  • Australian Refugee Association of SA
  • Bunnings Munno Para West
  • TAFE SA (Signs and Graphics Pre-employment Program)
  • Renewal SA (Works Program)
  • Playford Men’s Shed
  • Dependable Sand, Metal and Landscaping Supplies
  • Playford City Council
  • The Colour Manifesto

Further Information

Contact Annette Cooper (Coordinator Midway Road Community House) on 8255 4352 or midwayroad48@commander.net.au

“If you do not step forward you will always be in the same place.”