The Green Space Strategy

The Kurilpa peninsula offers a model of urban living for Queensland and Australia. The peninsula, comprising the suburbs of West End, Highgate Hill and South Brisbane, is projected to increase by 27,000 people by 2031 with the vast majority of new residents been apartment dwellers without private gardens. For these reasons and more, it is […]

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Vibrant Towns of the Scenic Rim

How does a region manage its character as a whole? How can a collaborative community process direct the towns of a region to achieve vibrant public realms? Vibrant Towns of the Scenic Rim is a creative and evolving strategy to regenerate and activate small towns on the rural edge of a burgeoning city. Stage one […]

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Tamborine Mountain Village Greens

The Tamborine Mountain Village Greens is the first major project of The Vibrant Towns strategy, which is focused around the creation of vibrancy and authentic places in The Scenic Rim. Landscape and urban designs incorporated seven urban renewal areas with public realm masterplans leading to individual detailed design projects. The Main Street medians comprise of […]

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Mooloolaba Town Centre

A $2 million upgrade was project managed, designed and documented in a fast-track process for Queensland’s most popular picnic spot.  The park and beachfront focus on a plaza shaped like a boat, in recognition of the town’s nautical past.  Custom furniture and signage have been designed and the project includes twelve public artworks.

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The Living Classroom, Bingara

Small towns in rural Australia are disappearing due to a lack of people and purpose. The Living Classroom is a regenerative project to bring both people and new ideas, framed around the exploration of sustainable farming for the future. The Living Classroom provides classrooms, teaching areas, bunk accommodation, productive gardens and grazing lots, and agricultural […]

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The Ecovillage at Currumbin

The Ecovillage at Currumbin was first conceptualised by John Mongard Landscape Architects (JMLA) in 1999. The concept plan, planning precincts and building/landscape codes were prepared as part of the development approval plans by JMLA in collaboration with others in 2002. The Ecovillage has become a model for sustainable development in Australia, having won over 30 […]

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Gladstone Town Centre

The City Strategy Plan envisioned a central spine with a series of lively town squares. The character of these civic interventions aims to reflect the gritty port and industry in a contemporary, artful manner. The study recommended the creation of three hubs within three precincts. The ongoing work delivered a masterplan for the main street, […]

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Bellingen Town Centre

Bellingen is a vibrant hinterland town and an emerging tourism destination. Its historic main street suffered from conflicts between the burgeoning pedestrian activity and its function as a busy state road. Community planning and design was undertaken using tents set up in the town park. Hundreds of residents participated in collaborative design for the main […]

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Hobart Activity Centres

Hobart had a series of local centres which lacked vibrancy and pedestrian activity. A creative placemaking and activation program was enacted to involve local traders and residents in showing what could be achieved, using pop-up/short-term tactical urbanism in six city centres. Thousands of residents and traders were involved in this community engagement process, which led […]

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Tenterfield Town Centre

A whole of town planning process involving three community engagements on the main street. Strategic planning outcomes included building and signage policies and planning for a pedestrian priority centre with reduced 40km/hr speed limits for traffic. Masterplans led to a ten year capital works plan. A kilometre of main street, laneway and the town park […]

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