Important historical and economic benefits of heritage sites usually come to mind when talking about internationally famous landmarks. As for social and community benefits, let’s take a step back to our own hometown. People who have never lived in Brisbane would be unlikely to know anything about our city’s best gems such as the Customs House, the Windmill, the Woolstores, ANZAC Square or the Breakfast Creek Hotel. Yet to our residents and off-the-beaten-track visitors alike, these places are significant parts of Brisbane’s identity. We know them, we identify with them and therefore, they underpin our sense of belonging to this city and to Brisbane community.
What are the potential outcomes for our city, based on the recent Major Amendment Package E to Brisbane City Plan? This question is at the forefront of many minds in our industry, and everyone else who cares about housing, sustainability and liveability of our city. We support Council in its initiative to implement improvements and innovations including formally recognising car sharing services, however we believe there is potential for much more successful outcomes if some of the proposed amendments were not so restrictive and prescriptive.
Wolter Consulting Group, on behalf of Brisbane Catholic Education, has secured Ministerial Infrastructure Designation for the new Plainland Secondary College.
Drafting is known to be one of the oldest documented professions, with the earliest drawings found on cave walls and dating back many thousands of years. The earliest recorded piece of history discovered, was the drafting board which dates back to 2000 – 3000 B.C and features a fossilised aerial view of a Babylonian castle. With rocks being used as drafting tools, the life of a Drafter was definitely not as we know it today.
Heads Up: The Future of Housing was a very insightful event – organised by the Urban Development Institute of Australia - that some of our staff attended last week. John Daley, the key speaker at the event, CEO of Grattan Institute and writer on Australian public policy, had a lot of very important points to make about policy priorities for everything housing related. It is one thing to hear an expert’s opinion or a debate about an issue but it is a totally different experience, and a much more important one, to face the reality by analysing some real figures – and John definitely did that.
After launching our company's internal sustainability program “Orange is the New Green” mid-2018, WCG Team were able to raise $1,000 through the reusable coffee cup (KeepCups) initiative, which we proudly donated to the Bremer Catchment Association during their first team meeting of 2019. It is great to see that our company’s internal sustainability efforts have transferred into a significant financial benefit for an organisation that shares our values.
In response to Brisbane City Council’s decision on Tuesday evening, the 5th of February, to prepare a Temporary Local Planning Instrument (TLPI) to immediately ban all forms of multiple dwellings including townhouses from the majority of our residential neighbourhoods, Wolter Consulting Group wrote to the Planning Minister asking that the ban be rejected outright.
Arcare Aged Care Approval Achieved – Wolter Consulting Group is proud to be a part of this exciting project.
Wolter Consulting Group’s Town Planning Team have recently been involved in helping to obtain a development approval for a 107-bed aged care residence at Clearview in Seven Hills.
Access to fresh food, tree cover and walkability were some of the factors examined in the recent study with the goal to determine Brisbane’s healthiest suburbs, as published on Domain’s website this week. Other things considered in the study included distance to and the capacity of hospitals, access to allied and community healthcare, the density of liquor and fast food stores in an area, as well as how much residents volunteered within their community. One of the commentators on the issue was our Senior Associate Town Planner, Brad Jones who stressed the importance of supporting local services such as local shops and cafes in order to create more inviting and walkable neighbourhoods across the city, not just confined to the inner suburbs.