What a way to start Spring!

With a Green Heart of course! Yesterday the Green Heart Fair took place in the Carindale Recreation Reserve. It was a splendid spring day, lots of sunshine, beautiful crowds, kids racing billy carts, and great exhibits and stalls to show how we love our Green Brisbane. Jessica Osborne and I were in the Building Better…

Density and Diversity Done Well – with tiny houses of course!

At last!! We can now reveal the entry that we prepared for the Density and Diversity Done Well competition! This competition was a joint initiative of the Queensland Department for Infrastructure Local Government and Planning and the Urban Development Institute of Australia Queensland, with the endorsement of the Australian Institute of Architects and the Planning…

The traffic congestion funnel

I was driving along the M1 (Gateway Motorway) on the weekend, through the road widening works between Nudgee and Deagon, despairing at the number of trees (including some very large old ones) that have been removed in order to create additional lanes. Less trees for more cars…sigh I was hoping someone could explain to me…

Building/renovating for comfort and low running costs – why wouldn’t you?

Just finished putting the final touches to the workbook which participants will get to use and take home after attending our masterclass – so excited! 60 pages full of such useful information for anyone wanting to build their own home or looking at a renovation. Next masterclass on 16 September at New Farm. To register visit: www.buyersguidetobuilders.com.au….

Biophilic Design Elements

Bio-what? The latin roots of the word biophilia are “bio” for ‘living things’ and “philia” for ‘attraction’ (as opposed to phobias for aversions). So the term “biophilia” means “love of life or living systems”. The hypothesis of biophilia was popularized by Edward O. Wilson in his book, Biophilia (1984) where he defined it as “the human urge…

Tiny House Planning Resource

If you think that Tiny Houses could contribute to the mainstream housing supply and diversity in our communities…if you think that they could offer an affordable housing alternative…if you are in property development as a regulator, developer or professional…then here is some food for thought. Download it. Read it. Explore it. Share it. Get in touch.

Veteran Trees

Do you know that it takes between 150 and 200 years before a tree is old enough to create suitable hollows for galahs and rosellas? A couple of weeks ago, Rikki and I had the opportunity to attend the Veteran and Scar Trees workshop organised by the Wildlife Conservation Partnership Program (WCPP). Under the WCPP,  private…

Autumn Newsletter 2017

Plans, plans and plans – the many changes to the planning and building environment in Queensland State planning legislation Last year the Queensland State government introduced the new Planning Act 2016 which will come in force on 3 July this year. As part of these changes, subordinate statutory documents are also being updated and some…

Brisbane City Council’s proposed changes to Biodiversity Areas Overlay

Brisbane City Council has been working on a package of amendments to the planning scheme (City Plan 2014). The amendments include proposed changes to the workings of the Biodiversity areas overlay as follows: Key Points Developments within a mapped Koala habitat area that cannot satisfy the Acceptable Outcomes will have a harder time to show…

Have your say on changes to Queensland’s planning system

Last year the Queensland State government introduced a new Planning Act which will come in force on 3 July this year. As part of these changes, subordinate statutory documents are also being updated and some are currently out for public consultation: The Planning Regulations which elaborate on the workings of some aspects of the Act…

Postcard from the Kimberleys

Towards the end of last year I put my hand up to facilitate art activities for the elderly Aboriginal residents at Guwardi Ngadu Frail Aged Hostel in Fitzroy Crossing, WA for a couple of weeks in January 2017. I’ve just completed the first week and it is truly an expansive experience on so many levels….

Update on Tiny House on Wheels Decision

The recent Tiny House on Wheels decision has sent a ripple through the planning community. Brisbane City Council is currently reviewing its approach to the phenomena of Tiny Homes, not just in terms of regulations but also in the broader context of alternative housing options for Brisbane. There is still work to be done.  We advocate the development…