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QLD Parks Forum 2022

29 March 2022
7:30 am - 9:30 am

Parks Forum 2022: The Tensions Between City and Nature

Date: Tuesday 29 March 2022
Time: 7:30 - 9:30am

Venue: Victoria Park, 309 Herston Rd, Herston QLD 4006

Registrations will close for this event at 5pm AEST 22 March 2022.

*Note: This event has been postponed due to the recent flooding and subsequent speaker unavailability on the originally planned event date (10/3/2022). 

If you had already registered by 3/3/2022, your registration will automatically transfer to the new date. If you are no longer able to attend due to the date change or you have been affected by flooding, please get in touch and we can move the payment to credit for a future AILA event.

Please also confirm if you have any dietary requirements for the event either in your event registration or by return email.

We hope that you are safe and well after the recent events and looking forward to seeing you on the 29th March 2022.

PLA (QLD) and AILA (QLD) present the 2022 Parks Forum as part of Parks Week and the Asia Pacific Architecture Festival.

Join us for a light breakfast at Victoria Park, as we explore the tensions between city and nature. Four speakers will delve into the topic before coming together for a provocative panel discussion.

Speaker topics:

“Indigenous Community Planning: The Land Transition History of Barambin and Opportunities for ‘Country’ in Public Green Spaces of Meeanjin”
Speaker: Greg Kitson

“Is the Compromise to Nature Untenable: The Great Decline of Koalas in SEQ and the Failure of Urban Green Corridors”
Speaker Meaghan Halverson

“Why Should We Combine Recreation with Nature?”
Speaker Kurt Martin

“Are City Parks Really a Lost Cause for Nature? – A Spatial Analysis of the Reallocation of Brisbane City Parks to Urban and Infrastructure Purposes”
Speaker: Shaun Walsh FAILA

This event will be held at Victoria Park garden marquee and guests will need to follow current Queensland government guidelines for indoor venues. 

Guests need to be fully vaccinated, must check in using the Queensland check in app and follow the mask mandate.

Greg Kitson

PhD Candidate, Cities Research Institute, Griffith University

Greg is Wakka Wakka, a Brisbane Black and an urban and regional planner who is completing a PhD at the Cities Research Institute, Griffith University. His research forms part of an ARC Linkage project: Being ‘On Country Off Country’. His research's overarching theme is to validate and value urban and peri-urban Aboriginal Peoples connections and relationships with ‘Country’. Greg aims to improve understanding of the needs of these groups with respect to planning and ‘Country’ and raise the profile of Indigenous Community Planning as a contemporary land use planning theory and practice.

Meaghan Halverson

Co-Founder, Queensland Koala Crusaders

Meghan is co-founder and driving force behind Queensland Koala Crusaders and is known for her passion on behalf of koalas and other native species. She organized the first ever ‘Koala Summit’ in Noosa in 2012 and was an early and ongoing sponsor of USC’s Detection Dogs for Conservation Centre koala projects. Her efforts made possible the planting of the first 24,000 trees in the Yurol-Ringtail Koala Recovery Project with NDLC by securing international funding. She launched the Noosa Region Koala Rescue team with Wildcare and was amongst rescuers participating in “black walks” following the bushfires and spearheading fundraising raising to support animal rescuers and carers. Meghan has received both a Queensland Day Award for Community Service and the Jenny McKay Award for Multicultural Excellence.

Kurt Martin

Recreation Trails Activation Officer, Sunshine Coast Regional Council

Kurt started his career in environmental education on the Great Barrier Reef and has a long standing passion for connecting people and nature through his life and career. Kurt now works for Sunshine Coast Council developing new outdoor recreation opportunities and manage nature based recreation for the Sunshine Coast region. His current role aims to provide opportunities for an increasing demand in nature-based recreation while achieving a sustainable outcomes.

Shaun Walsh, FAILA

Environmental Manager, Noosa Council

Shaun Walsh, FAILA is a landscape architect and environmental planner. He is former longstanding director with AILA, as well as former CEO of City Parklands including South Bank Parklands and Roma Street Parklands. He is currently the Environmental Manager of Noosa Shire, where he lives in the hinterland. Shaun has been convening the Parks Forum for over 10 years and seek to conjure provocative and informative discussions on quality management for our wonderful open spaces.

Registrations for this event have now closed.

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