Governance capacity, Mobility, Policies and instruments
GOAL (Gesund Ohne Auto und Lärm, Healthy without Car and Noise) was supposed to noticeably increase the quality of life of the population of Graz within two and a half years. An extensive action plan relating to the topics of environment, health, mobility and noise was established. In the module 'Housing Estates' (Modul Lebenswert Wohnen) measures to increase life quality in three residential areas in Graz were developed in a collaborative manner.
Environmental Department of the City of Graz (Umweltamt Stadt Graz), the project is an EU-LIFE project of the City of Graz, partners are FGM-AMOR, ZfG (Centre for Promoting Health of the Children's Friends of Styria, Graz/Austria), GVB (Transport Association of Graz), Cityfunk 878 GmbH - Radio Taxi 878 Ltd. Graz
Residents from three different districts in Graz, 14 residents as managers of the Local Agenda 21 (LAMA) and employees of the Environmental Department of the City of Graz
The project aims at working out measures to increase the quality of life in three residential areas in Graz collectively under participation of residents and honorary employees of the City of Graz.
In the three housing estates, so called GOAL Committes were established. 14 committed citizens who were enthusiastic about this idea right from the beginning were trained as so-called LAMAs (Local Agenda Managers) in the course of GOAL. The trainig plan consisted of moderation, project management, conflict management, public relations. A special module was devoted to the topic of "gentle mobility". Several measures were developed to increase life quality in the three housing estates.
Work in the three different housing estates was characterised by uniform initial steps - sending out questionnaires, evaluations, informing the inhabitants about results, elaborating an action plan. In every housing estate there were several meetings, comittee meetings, workshops and also parties.
The project trained 14 Local Agenda Managers (LAMAs) for participative planning purposes and empowerment processes in three selected residential areas. They were entrusted with supporting people living in the housing estates in handling their problems. A programme was developed and a survey of living conditions and habits was made. In the three selected housing estates with 11,000 inhabitants significant improvements in the living conditions were established in a manner in which decisions were taken in a collaborative manner. A new LAMA course was offered in 2004. // Several measures, projects and activities were developed in the three different residential areas: e.g Rooms for Manoevre / Free Spaces for young people, noise circle (noise related mediation), offering opportunities of doing sports (streetball, soccer, hiphop), solving waste problems , little traffic summit, neighbourhood map, bicycle check, discussions about traffic issues, ...