Enter 2020, which has brought a number of challenges, with the recent COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdown placing even more pressure on our open space network, requiring us to ask the question: “Are we delivering communities that are robust and able to adapt to our quickly changing world?” A number of these questions had already been raised in the latest draft of IPWEAQ’s (Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia, Queensland) “Street Design Manual - Walkable Communities". It questions our current delivery model and its limited approach to park types and recreational opportunities, suggesting alternatives that are more efficient, offer better utilisation of land and reduce costs whilst meeting community expectations. Click on the title to read more.
The unprecedented disruption to our lives caused by Covid-19 and the accompanying physical distancing restrictions introduced to stop its spread has changed many aspects of our lives. Entrenched aspects of our lives we previously would have considered to be unchangeable. We joined The Urban Developer’s residential summit last week to discuss sustainability and residential housing in general, with six key themes emerging, well summed up in David Uhlmann‘s article here. Click on the title to read more.
Here at WCG, whilst its very much business as usual, we have been taking a leadership role in advocating for Government led action to support the property and development industry and underpin post-COVID economic recovery. In addition to our key roles on numerous industry association committees, we have been working directly with our colleagues in local government to encourage new initiatives. We recently wrote to the Council of Mayors (SEQ) presenting a range of ideas for consideration and discussion at their Board meeting. Click on the title to read more.
When it comes to delivering great cities, as planners we have the knowledge to be opinion leaders and trusted advisors on all fronts - developer, government and the community. We know that ‘great cities are no accident.’ Yet, we continue to see existing and even new housing policies that trigger urban sprawl and make housing a major contributor to inequality. Housing costs continue to escalate, homelessness is rising, and young generations and families are forced to choose where they live based on nothing but the price. We need to speak louder!
We are pleased to have achieved the approval for Coil Steels Qld’s new coil steel service centre in Brisbane’s Wacol industrial precinct. This is fantastic news for the continuing growth of the established industrial estate and for Brisbane’s Major Industrial Areas. The new purpose-built 13,500m2 facility will stock and process coil steels weighing up to 15 tonnes on two main production lines. Congratulations to the entire project team, including EMKC in securing the approval for this project.
Today, as we mark the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, celebrated in nearly 200 countries to demonstrate support for environmental protection, let’s talk about what we as an industry can deliver in terms of long term positive impact on the environment. “We all know the fraught politics around climate change—but there has arguably been less talk about the second part: biodiversity loss, perhaps because the numbers are less easy to deny,” says David Uhlmann, Director of Environment and Sustainability at Wolter Consulting Group in his recent article published on the Urban Developer. Click on the title to read more.
Today, 21st March is Global Surveyors’ Day which celebrates the masters of measurement who have shaped history and the physical world around us. Virtually nothing is constructed without a surveyor. Here are some interesting facts about surveyors that you probably didn't know!
Well done! Your approved development has been constructed and is now operational. It is time to review your maintenance securities held by Council for development works and land infrastructure. What happens next, who is responsible for development components such as civil works and landscaping, and what happens after the "On-maintenance" period expires? Click on the title to find out.
"Challenges of Growth and Beyond" - Brad Jones for The Agenda - PIA Journal of Queensland and Northern Territory
In "The Challenges of Growth and Beyond" published in the latest edition of The Agenda - PIA Journal of Queensland and Northern Territory, Brad Jones talks about the reality of conflicts that exists in our industry and the possible ways we can deal with it.
In "MLES - Matters of Local Environmental Significance or maybe "Mate, Let's Engage Suitably" " published in the latest edition of Establish magazine, Stephen Hayes talks about the tensions between greening our city, defending neighbourhood character and keeping up with population growth.