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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Brolga Lakes

Brolga Lakes seeks to break the pattern of unsustainable suburban growth by providing low carbon footprint homes with communal facilities for waste, water, power and food. Brolga Lakes is a village set in lakes, an ecological place connected to nature and connecting its people. Brolga Lakes seeks to reform the way we live in the edges of our cities; creating a self-supported peri-urban neighbourhood. The conservation land comprising valued wetlands, has been donated to Birdlife Australia through an enduring covenant which will revegetate adjacent cleared land to create an outstanding environmental setting and a national centre for bird research.

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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 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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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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Sunshine Coast University

The Sunshine Coast University College (SCUC) is located on 100 hectares on Mountain Creek Road at Sippy Downs. Building a university adjacent to valuable wetlands required an innovative strategy to break down the movement of water into a harvest and filter system.it was one of the first water sensitive urban design systems implemented in Queensland. […]

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Stanthorpe Town Centre

As Queensland’s coldest town and a centre for wine and produce, Stanthorpe has an unusual main street with few off street carpark areas and a state road. Community planning was undertaken using a demountable shed on the main intersection in order to test a street closure. After detailed design and town planning, a town square […]

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The Green Hub, Fitzgibbon Chase

Suburban development is normally distant from the landscapes that produce our food. The Green Hub recycles wasted land and creates a productive food garden in a new suburb. Orchards, bushtucker parklands as well as intensive vegetable growing areas are provided, complete with compost areas, sheds and shelters. A series of community workshops led to the […]

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Bingara Town Strategy

The Bingara Town Strategy shows how a resourceful community can regenerate itself and become more resilient and self-sustainable in an increasingly unstable global climate and in uncertain economic times. The Bingara Town Strategy and The Living Classroom are renewal projects to clean and direct the town’s overland water, and to regenerate the commons into productive organic farming to feed the town. The Village Infill Renewal Plans are a series of Council owned lands being pro-actively developed for affordable and alternative housing options to keep and encourage people to live in Bingara. A town energy plan is gradually converting all public buildings to solar, and the town plans to build a solar array to run all power in the long term. Trade training hubs have been built to provide work and training for young people.

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