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Brisbane – where to in the future?

Brisbane – where to in the future?

Year 12 Geographers are currently learning about urban environments and the dynamics which are bringing about change in city scapes around the globe.

To support their learning and understanding, students were fortunate to host a seminar in the new Enterprise Centre, which was delivered by Mrs Suvela Tieken – a head town planner at Brisbane City Council. The seminar focused upon the change Brisbane has undergone since Expo 88. Dynamics such as urban decline and subsequent renewal were highlighted and discussed. Furthermore, examples of gentrification and urban consolidation were explained. Mrs Tieken also provided a valuable insight into zoning policies and The Brisbane 2031 Plan. The Plan shapes the future initiatives and priorities for the development of a city which is forecast to increase in population density.

Year 12 students alongside the Brisbane River at Kangaroo Point.

Seminar on Planning in Brisbane, held in the Enterprise Centre.

Armed with this information, Year 12 geographers embarked upon a field study tour of Brisbane central and surrounds. Fieldwork is an essential component of studies in Geography and enables students to observe and collect primary data. The urban dynamics were evidenced in the sites we visited. We began at South Bank before heading to Kangaroo Point, Fortitude Valley, Hamilton North Shore, Teneriffe, Newstead, and New Farm. We also visited closer environments that have been significantly altered, such as the new estates at Minnippi, Murrarie and East Village in Cannon Hill, as well as the consolidation increasingly evident along Wynnum Road.

Most importantly, students are now faced with an investigative inquiry whereby they are required to assess a vacant lot in Kangaroo Point, and assess three proposals for its future use. They need to determine the proposals sustainability and usefulness, matched against three sets of criteria. They will then make a reasoned and justified judgement for the use of that land in the future.

Anthony Florido
Secondary Teacher: Social Sciences