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.

2016 Brisbane City Council Elections

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The 2016 Brisbane City Council election filled me with despair. For an election fought on issues of transport and development, it would have been encouraging to see constructive debate and leadership on how we should manage the increasing density of our city, how new development could be managed to have a more positive environmental impact, [...]

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 [...]