The Green Light Tour 2018 Queensland Event

11 July 2018

The South-East Queensland event was held at the Griffith University Eco Centre on June 28 and was attended by over 75 people, including local government representatives, private consultants, academics and state government representatives.

The day began with a presentation from Queensland Government Architect, Malcolm Middleton OAM LFRAIA who presented on how to set a vision for trees in the urban design context. Malcolm also shared information on the Office of the Government Architects’ work to develop a green grid policy.

Key topics presented on the day included: good urban design principals; the SEQ Regional Plan 2017 update; keeping Brisbane clean, green and sustainable; applying the economics of urban trees; the importance of Queensland creating water sensitive cities; accurate data, timing and mapping; and getting trees into streets. The day also included two interstate presenters who shared case studies on how they have overcome shared barriers to urban greening and progressed policy.

The key themes from the day were:

An interactive workshop was held in the afternoon and provided attendees with the opportunity to deep dive with the experts, who each facilitated a discussion table. 

The outcomes from these table discussions are outlined below: 

Table 1: Accurate data, timing and mapping with Vicki Grieshaber from Brisbane City Council

Key takeaways:

Suggested next steps:

Table 2: Increasing sector collaboration with Ben de Klepper from Greening the West

Key takeaways:

Table 3: Getting trees into streets with Dr Lyndal Plant from Lyndal Plant Urban Forester and Chris Tanner from the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities

Key takeaways:

Table 4: Creating a shared vision in council with Mark Carlon from Sutherland Shire

Key takeaways: