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YBE 2004 Queensland Mission

  • Celebration and understanding of

  • how the built environment improves

  • quality of life

  • Fostering a sense of community and

  • purpose by setting directions for a

  • positive and sustainable future

  • Promoting initiatives to direct focus

  • into the future

Securing North Queensland Future

Societal Trends

Production and

distribution of

goods and services

Application of knowledge

and learning in a global


Sustainable living

Key Challenges Sustainability in the North

  • Securing sustainable and affordable sources of energy

  • Resolving competition for natural resources

  • Balancing development with biodiversity and needs of the natural environment

  • Securing sustainable water supplies

  • Responding to changes in climate variability and extremes

  • Building globally competitive 21st century businesses

  • Providing equity and social justice

Future Building Practice

  • Touch more lightly on the environment

  • Shared understanding of sustainability for the

  • tropics

  • Urban and Rural application

  • Integrated research, action learning and practically

  • focused partnerships

  • Develop systems and processes for wide and timely

  • dissemination of best practice

  • Develop 21st century opportunities for business

  • and employment to generate growth for

  • Townsville, Thuringowa and North Queensland

Probable Future

Path to the Future.

Preferred Future

Centre for Excellence in Tropical DesignSustainability & Innovation as a networked partnership

Learning Partnerships

Current Thinking

Compromise &

Contradicting Visions

The Vision

  • Nurturing and coordinating a series of knowledge hubs.

  • Founded on an alliance between State, Local Government and centres of learning for the Region.

  • Supporting sustainable construction and community building.

  • Recognised as the pre-eminent source of sustainable tropical design information.

The Vision

Expanding influence

Development and retention of expertise

Greater regional employment prospects

Role and Scope

  • Collaboration on practical solutions to issues

    of sustainability.

  • Application of innovative techniques across industry and community.

  • Stimulating awareness for transition to sustainability.

  • Facilitating co-operative research for local solutions.

  • Encouraging application of innovative design strategies.

  • Supporting knowledge transfer between organisations


  • Building owners

  • Producers of products and materials

  • Town planning authorities

  • Educational institutions

  • Government organisations

  • Design professionals

  • Industry organisations

  • Other specialist Centres of Excellence

  • Community members

  • Environmental businesses and groups

Practical first steps

Practical First Steps

  • A Sustainability Summit

  • Identifying knowledge gaps and working/networking with research and education institutions

  • Develop a Local Government Planning, Sustainability officers program

  • Developing base projects that support the idea of a network into the future

  • A Centre for Excellence in Tropical Design (CETD) Web site www.tropicaldesign.org

  • Continued collaboration on practical outcomes from YBE activities

Photo courtesy of Troppo Architects

Building the Momentum…

  • Commence as a ‘virtual’ Centre with more permanent base in future

  • Expansion of tropical design expertise through networks

  • Real Projects to build the momentum

    • Thuringowa Riverway Project

    • William McCormack Place, Cairns

    • Travel Smart

    • Townsville Waterway Project – Creek to Coral

    • The Strand Foreshore Development - Townsville

    • Rasmussen and sustainable retrofitting of public housing

    • Sustainable Design Project of the Year of the Built Environment

Sharing the vision

Sharing the Vision

  • Concept initiated by a small group

  • Underpinned by collaborative partnerships between local governments, state government, universities, business and community

  • Vision statement is starting point for future discussion and expanded involvement

  • Legacy document into the future

  • Welcome support and contributions to develop networks and ensure future success in sustainability for North Queensland.

Photo courtesy of Troppo Architects

Expression of appreciation

Expression of Appreciation

  • Greg Bruce (Townsville City Council)

  • Andrew McEwen (City of Thuringowa)

  • Guy Lane (SEA O2)

  • David King (James Cook University)

  • Keith Whenmouth (Department of

  • Public Works)

Thank you

Thank You

Photo courtesy of Troppo Architects