Land Conservation Award of Excellence: QLD6709 Bill Benham Park
Recipient: City Projects Office, Brisbane City Council
Client: Natural Environment Water and Sustainability Branch, Brisbane City Council
In the redesign and rehabilitation of Bill Benham Park, the Landscape Architects have demonstrated outstanding leadership and a deep understanding of the principles and practices of land conservation. This project goes beyond immediate site restoration, to propose a clearly articulated plan for the ongoing stewardship of this fragile riparian wetland ecosystem. Significant engagement with local community, interest groups, and land managers has resulted in willing compromises toward a shared sense of ownership of, and responsibility for, this riparian reserve. It functions as both a recreation facility and a site of ecological restoration, conservation and management, and demonstrates the leadership role Landscape Architects can take in fostering shared commitments to ongoing land conservation.
Land Conservation Landscape Architecture Award: QLD6680 Palmview Forest Stages 1 to 5
Recipient: Greenedge Design
Client: Palmview Enterprises
Palmview Forest residential estate showcases a rigorously detailed level of ecologically sensitive revegetation, coupled with the conservation of significant natural assets. Set within existing grazing land and remnant bushland, the site’s rural character has been retained, characterised by gracious mature trees and long grassy slopes. In collaboration with environmental and engineering consultants, the Landscape Architects have achieved binding Vegetation Covenants, extensive ecological rehabilitation, onsite recycling of removed timbers, and the definition of ongoing maintenance standards. In a time of substantial population expansion in South-east Queensland, Palmview Forest demonstrates the capacity of Landscape Architects to balance the conservation of significant natural landscape typologies with the demands of human inhabitation.