Built environment professions want next Queensland government to #BuildBackBetter
Queensland’s major professional institutes for the built environment have urged the next Queensland Government to ensure the COVID-19 recovery is an opportunity to “build back better”.
The Australian Institute of Architects (AIA), the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) and the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) have called for the economic recovery to focus on designing and building a more sustainable, resilient, and inclusive future for Queensland.
AIA, AILA and PIA have come together to support five key priorities for Queensland.
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Commitment to Green Infrastructure investment top of agenda ahead of QLD state election
19 October 2020
The Queensland Chapter of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) says that commitments to the improvement of Green Infrastructure in our communities must remain a priority for Queenslanders at the upcoming state election.
Green infrastructure is the network of green spaces, natural systems and semi-natural systems that supports sustainable communities and liveable neighbourhoods.
“In recent months, the value of green infrastructure has been front-of-mind, with people spending increasing time in our parks, reserves, streetscapes and public spaces,” says AILA QLD Chapter President David Uhlmann.
“As election platforms are announced, investment in our outdoor spaces – especially those that create more resilient urban landscapes, achieve water outcomes, increase biodiversity and improve community health – must remain a priority,” says Uhlmann.
“AILA welcomes the recent amendment to the Planning Regulation regarding Walkable Neighbourhood assessment benchmarks for new subdivisions. Advocated for by AILA, the amendment concerns the provision of street trees, footpaths and proximity to parks and open space for all. We’re looking for more positive changes like this,” says Uhlmann.
By championing the creation of external spaces, the work of landscape architects plays a crucial role in the delivery of better environmental, social, and economic outcomes for all.
The Small Creek Naturalisation project for the City of Ipswich showcases the multiple community and environmental benefits brought about by State funding and the collaborative work of local council officers, engineers, landscape architects and the community. “Small Creek is one of Australia’s most significant waterway restoration projects,” says Uhlmann. “The project is exemplary for its ecological outcomes as well as for its creation of better path and bikeway connections for active travel and community health”.
“Looking forward, increased government investment in Green Infrastructure is key to Queensland’s future,” says Uhlmann. “The support and development of high-quality streets, parks, waterfronts, local centres and open spaces will be vital for ongoing community health, as well our state’s tourism recovery,” says Uhlmann.
Further information about AILA’s National Policy Statements, including Green Infrastructure
AILA QLD's Election Campaign Statement
For more information please contact
QLD Chapter Manager, Australian Institute of Landscape Architects
Mobile: 0417 666 622
Queensland State Election Campaign Statement
Now is a great time to get in front of your State Members & candidates and have your say to make a difference.
The QLD Advocacy Group has recently produced an election campaign and we have called on the State Government as well as potential candidates to address several issues that have been at the forefront lately. Some of these are more financial stimulus packages to respond to COVID-19; more investment in green infrastructure and importantly; creation of a QBCC ‘Project Management Licence limited to Landscape Architectural Services’.
Nothing great was ever achieved alone and it takes a collective effort to make a significant difference. Take the time to get in touch with your State Member & candidates and draw their attention to the issues in our industry. If you need any assistance or guidance in this, do not hesitate to contact the QLD AILA office - David Roberts, AILA QLD Executive Committee
Download the Queensland State Election Campaign Statement (PDF)
Download the Template Letter (Docx)
City of Gold Coast, Draft City Plan amendment: The Spit Master Plan implementation (key development sites)
As work commences to implement projects under the Spit Master Plan, the State Government is leading a program to lease State-owned land, unlocking economic opportunities and enhancing the recreational offering at The Spit.
The City of Gold Coast, under direction from the State Government, has proposed updates to the Gold Coast City Plan to ensure any future development aligns with the Master Plan.
AILA has responded to these proposed updates, read the submission here .
19 May 2020 - Millenium Arts Project Tree Removal
AILA has called on Arts Queensland and the Brisbane City Council to provide greater protection for and strategic planting of large-scale urban trees to increase biodiversity, provide heat relief and create resilience of the urban tree population for future generations.
This has come with news that five trees planted adjacent to the State Library of Queensland in Stanley Place have been designated for removal as part of the Brisbane Metro project. Read the letter here .
May 2020 - AILA QLD Economic Recovery letter to State Government
AILA QLD calls for investment in landscape architecture and quality open spaces as part of the state economic recovery program. Thank you to all members who provided input and feedback on the AILA QLD letter to push for stimulus funding for economic recovery to State Government. This letter and areas outlined will form the basis of the AILA QLD State Election Campaign. Read it here .
We call on all AILA QLD members to join the push for investment in landscape architecture, quality open spaces and stronger communities in the wake of COVID-19 and tight restrictions. Get active on your social media channels and through your professional networks - share articles, projects, thoughts and advocate to your local members of government by tagging them or writing to them.
26 March 2020
The Veloway 1 (V1) is a dedicated cycleway designed to connect people riding bikes between Lower River Terrace, South Brisbane and Eight Mile Plains, adjacent to the Pacific Motorway. The 17 kilometre cycleway will provide a safe and efficient route for people travelling by bicycle. Planning is now underway for an iconic new Velobridge at Lower River Terrace, South Brisbane to connect the Kangaroo Point Bikeway to the existing Veloway 1 infrastructure at Captain Cook Bridge.
TMR is seeking feedback to ensure they provide the right information, far enough in advance to be involved with the planning of this key piece of cycling infrastructure. You can do the online complete the online survey here
. Consultation has been extended to 30 April.
AILA Qld have submitted a response to this Velobridge at Lower River Terrace. Read it here
Upcoming Queensland Council Elections
AILA Queensland have developed a template letter
to send to your local candidates and mayoral candidates in the lead up to Local Government Elections on March 28. The letter outlines AILA's position statements and advocates for Green Infrastructure. Members are also welcome to include advocacy on local issues.
Please copy in firstname.lastname@example.org
when sending your letter to your local member so we can track AILA advocacy.