Port of Bundaberg Futures

Satherley, Shannon D. & Dawes, Les A. (2008) Port of Bundaberg Futures. [Exhibition/Event]


This exhibition showcases the work of Postgraduate Landscape Architecture and final year Undergraduate Civil and Environmental Engineering students in response to issues of sustainability in the Port of Bundaberg.

The Port of Bundaberg project site, just north of Bargara, is a complex mix of port facilities, urban development, coastal conservation and agriculture. The project brief was to prepare a range of strategic planning and environmental management options for future urban and infrastructure development in the Port area. Postgraduate Landscape Architecture and final year Undergraduate Civil and Environmental Engineering students worked over one teaching semester with guidance from QUT academics and partner organisations to produce strategic planning, environmental management planning and design options for managing future growth in the area. Specifically, these make recommendations regarding:

• Interface between Port lands and residential settlement; • Future residential/urban development; • Transport accessibility and mobility – road, rail, tramway and maritime for personal and freight movement; • Local and regional connectivity - both physical and perceptual- between urban settlements of Port of Bundaberg – Burnett Heads and the surrounding area; • Recreational and tourism development; • Public/private space mix and access; • Ecological conservation assets; • Natural and cultural heritage assets

The project process involved three visits to the site by QUT students and staff. The first visit at the project’s commencement included a formal briefing session with project partners the Burnett Mary Regional Group, Port of Brisbane Corporation, and Queensland Department of Local Government and Planning. Formal and informal community engagement facilitated by the Burnett Heads Progress Association also allowed students to gain some understanding of local values.

A second visit mid-project involved a ‘Futures Workshop’ with students and community. This enabled the students to gain the benefit of local knowledge and experience in response to their work-in-progress, and to establish priorities for project completion. It strengthened the relationship between the community and the students. A final exhibition, ‘Port of Bundaberg Futures' was held at the Port TAFE Campus upon the completion of the project. The student work exhibited offers a diverse number of alternative options for the future urban development, infrastructure and environmental planning that the partner organisations have used for ongoing consultation.

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ID Code: 59732
Item Type: Creative Work (Exhibition/Event)
Refereed: No
Other Contributors:
Role Contributors
QUT staff exhibition facilitator
  • Glenn Thomas, Paul Songhurst, Scott Jensen
Industry partners
  • Burnett Mary Regional Group
  • Port of Brisbane Corporation
  • QLD Department of Local Government & Planning, Sustainable Economic Development Working Group
  • Burnett Heads Progress Association
  • Postgraduate Landscape Architecture and final year Undergraduate Civil and Environmental Engineering students
Funders: Port of Brisbane Corporation, Burnett Mary Regional Group
Material: Design drawings
Measurements or Duration: 1 day
Number of Pieces: 13 group strategic plans, 5 group environmental management plans, 47 individual designs
Location: From date: To date:
TAFE Marine Campus, Port of Bundaberg, Qld. 2008-06-07 2008-06-07
Keywords: sustainability, connectivity, conservation, coastal, strategic design
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100) > Landscape Architecture (120107)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Design
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Urban Development
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 the authors and exhibitors.
Deposited On: 07 May 2013 02:20
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2013 03:18

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