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 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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Atherton Town Centre & Villages

The Atherton Tablelands is a beautiful cluster of rural villages surrounded by internationally significant rainforests. In 1995 John Mongard Landscape Architects were invited to come and propose some ideas for Atherton’s Main Street. What resulted was a collaborative planning and placemaking process that would span over ten years and result in the cultural and environmental […]

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Town of Seventeen Seventy

The Seventeen Seventy Foreshore is a place of national significance protected by a Heritage Act. The town of Seventeen Seventy was the point of Captain Cook’s first landing in Queensland, and the gentle improvements were undertaken to celebrate the 150 years since this first settlement. The opportunity has been taken to also celebrate local Aboriginal […]

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Tooradin Village Strategy Plan

A ‘Set-up Shop’ process led to an innovative village strategy plan which allowed transferable development rights for residents with environmentally sensitive wetlands. A waterfront and harbor plan led to construction of a boardwalk bridge linking both sides of the village.

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Lakes Entrance Foreshore

Design of a kilometre of destination parklands, including a regional skate facility, harbor side boardwalks and a beach square. Community engagement from footpath surveys and village hall workshops led to a mobility and public space strategy to link five disparate retail areas using a waterfront bikeway. A series of green crossing points act as traffic […]

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Cowes Activity Centre Plan

Cowes on Phillip Island is a major tourism destination within the region, however the town lacks civic and foreshore spaces of quality and its vibrancy falls away in the colder months. We collaborated with MR Cagney on an Activity Centre Plan for the town which addresses planning codes as well as provides a blueprint for […]

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