Urban Planning, Development & Rainwater

Development was a big issue in the most recent council election but the campaigns were dispiriting with neither side showing any real interest in the issues and possibilities of well-planned, environmentally-sustainable development. At a time when we must increase the density of our urban population to reduce urban sprawl, was it too much to expect some thoughtful discussion of the best ways to achieve this in an environmentally sustainable manner? Apparently so.

How green is our city? Not very. Not enough.

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Brisbane has a facade of green - bushland which is great until you look closely and see the invasive weeds, parks which have trees and grass but lack the diversity and multiple layers of planting that are needed for small birds and other wildlife, and all those barren grass verges (aka native strips, footpaths) that [...]