Author: JanBowQld

Crisis of Trust in Planning Processes #Brisbane #WestEnd

 “Professional and community trust in planning is damaged when administrative discretion is perceived to be used to achieve market outcomes.” So said the then fourth year University of Queensland town planning student, Ms Melanie Kwok, when she completed her Honours Thesis late in 2015. Ms Kwok found that there is what she terms a ‘crisis of trust’ in Brisbane’s planning system. Ms Kwok was reflecting on stakeholder engagement in the Kurilpa Point Riverfront Renewal Master Plan and its subsequent call-in by Deputy Premier, Ms Jackie Trad. Now, with the proposed call-in of the West Village development at the old...

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Climate of Hope? Post-Election Drinks & Discussion

A quarter of the Great Barrier Reef is dead. Terrifying storms. Furious fires. Extreme heat. Unprecedented temperature records. Climate change is happening now and the impacts are playing out across our ecosystems and communities. The science is in – if we are to avoid the worst effects of global warming, Australia needs to shift from fossil fuel power to clean energy within the next decade.  And yet with the election wrapped up, it’s clear that the ambitious action the climate crisis demands won’t come from this Parliament. As history shows us, it’s people power that drives change. Now it’s...

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West End Film Festival showcases new Aussie short films

The evidence is in; we Australians want to see stories made by and for us on the big screen – in fact, in 2015 Australian film had its biggest year at the box office ever. And it’s ‘our’ stories that are on offer at the coming West End Film Festival (WEFF). WEFF has been showcasing short films created by Australians since 2009 when a group of local Brisbane filmmakers identified the need to build a platform to showcase local work. WEFF also provides an entry-way for emerging filmmakers into the larger film festivals held around the country. 2016 WEFF...

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Cranbrook House Remembered #SorryDay

In the lead up to Sorry Day this year it was a privilege to join Karina Hogan in a conversation with Link-Up (QLD) Chairman, Uncle Sam Watson at Cranbrook Place in Orleigh Park. Cranbrook Place is the site of an Aboriginal Girls Home which operated under the Queensland Protection of Aboriginals and Control of the Supply of Opium Act 1897 between 1900 and 1906. Nothing remains of the house now apart from the stone steps the would once have lead to the front of the house, yet as Uncle Sam says of the site, “It has real significant to our...

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