Author: Kurilpa Futures

Greening the verge at West End State School @KurilpaFutures

As part of Kurilpa Future’s ongoing Youth Engagement Strategy, West End State School (WESS) Environment Club students joined members of Kurilpa Futures (KF) in a collaboration to ‘green the verge’ in the Hardgrave Rd Greening Project (one of three proposed by KF).   Students from the WESS Environment Club and their families were out in force on Sunday 3 September to finish off what they started in March … the greening of the verge in Hardgrave Road. At the initial meeting, WESS Principal Kim McNamara said she was keen to have students actively involved in such a positive project...

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Simple ways to green the city @KurilpaFutures

Last Sunday, fifty people of all ages and backgrounds met to map out a green space strategy for one of Brisbane’s most crowded suburbs, West End.  The popular suburb is facing proposals to quadruple its population to nearly 50,000 people, with very little provision for extra open space. Kurilpa Futures organized a workshop with a Keynote speaker, John Mongard. John’s team was the Green Space Strategy winner of the 2016 Award for Excellence in Community Design with the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects. In the introduction to this workshop he showed how a dozen different schemes to use small-underused...

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Reclaiming Lost Space to Green the City

The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects recently awarded renowned local landscape architect, John Mongard and colleagues, the 2016 Excellence in Community Design Award for their work on The Green Space Strategy. The judges acclaimed their work as an outstanding example of the vital contribution Landscape Architects can make to our civil society by helping communities articulate their visions. Now they are bringing their ideas back to the community. Through their fully illustrated talk, they will demonstrate how overlooked places might be reimagined and reclaimed as green spaces and people friendly parks that are suitable for all ages and interests. These are...

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A New Community Vision for Brisbane’s Inner City – @KurilpaFutures

A year ago, proposals to pump 11,000 residents and 8,000 office workers into a new neighbourhood dominated by 54 tower blocks rising to 40 storeys were greeted by gasps of astonishment from the paying audience of normally shock-proof development and investment executives. The proposal was the City Council’s draft Kurilpa Master Plan occupying 25 hectares between the river, South Brisbane and West End, Now the new state government has scrapped the controversial scheme, and is actively considering an alternative plan prepared in collaboration with the local and wider communities. Kurilpa Futures Campaign Group Spokesperson, Phil Heywood, an Adjunct Associate...

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