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New Green Bridges for Brisbane

Just minutes after being voted in as Brisbane City’s incoming Lord Mayor, Adrian Schrinner announced five new green bridges across Brisbane.  Cr Schrinner identified Brisbane’s lack of bridges as one of its weaknesses, forcing everything in the city to funnel through to the few bridges we have. The new  bridges will alleviate this ‘funnelling’ in order to facilitate a greener, more active city.

The estimated cost of the bridges is at least $550M – two-thirds of which city council will pay, and will apply for the balance from state and federal governments. The proposed bridges are pedestrian, cyclist, and public transport bridges from Toowong to West End, St Lucia to West End, and Bellbowrie to Wacol; and pedestrian and cycle bridges from Kangaroo Point to CBD and Kingsford Smith Dr Riverwalk to existing Riverwalk.

Earth Hour

This Saturday, you may have noticed fewer lights on around the place. People living near some of the world’s most iconic monuments would certainly have noticed, as the UN Headquarters, the Eiffel Tower, the Pyramids of Egypt and Christ The Redeemer statue in Rio were all plunged into darkness. These were just a few of the world’s biggest landmarks which participated in the 13th annual Earth Hour alongside individual households.  Closer to home, the Sydney Opera House and Harbour bridge also participated in the event, which aims to raise awareness of Climate Change and the need for everyone to take steps to combat it. Participants also lit ’60+’ signs with candles in reference to the WWF’s shocking October report stating that since 1970, humans have wiped out 60% of all animals with a backbone (mammals, reptiles, birds, fish Amphibians etc.)

The event also saw the lights go out on Singapore’s entire skyline, Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate, the Empire State Building, Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, The Arc de Triomphe in Paris, Dubai’s Burj Khalifa (the worlds tallest skyscraper), and the Kremlin in Moscow, alongside other monuments, towns and households around the world.

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Transport Dreaming 2019

The National Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander Corporation (NATSIC) is holding their second ‘Transport Dreaming’ conference.

The conference aims to provide an enabling platform for open dialogue to explore and define Indigenous specific transport options and innovations in remote, regional and urban locations. This will be achieved through promoting a strong focus on innovative transport solutions across areas that have significant impacts on the health, well-being, cultural obligations and social inclusion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities across Australia. The conference content will also target transport related issues focusing on strengthening and increasing equity and access to My Aged Care and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Register now to secure your place at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre in May 2019 and enjoy innovative and thought-provoking presentations from industry leaders, emerging leaders, providers and influential decision making bodies from across Australia.

Check out the Transport Dreaming website for more info & booking!

CUBO Wins ‘Cities of our Future’ Competition

CUBO – a low-cost housing design – has won first prize in the international Cities of our Future competition run by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). CUBO uses engineered bamboo for a sustainable, low cost modular housing option, with an incredibly fast build time. Earl P Forlales, the building’s designer, aims to help provide housing for Manila’s urban slum population – which is estimated to be the highest in the world.  CUBO takes its inspiration from traditional bamboo huts in rural Philippines, giving it a culturally familiar feel.  The design has great international potential and would work well in any country capable of growing bamboo – Australia, most of Southeast Asia, and parts of Africa and Latin America.  The prize money (Equivalent $92,000 AUD) will fund the project prototype and actual units in the coming year. 

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AGDF Webinars

Looking for a fast, convenient way to learn more and stay informed about current sustainable development?

The AGDF’s webinars follow our Green Speed Learning Forums (GSLFs) and are some of the best courses available online in the sustainable development arena. Our web-based platform allows you to learn at your own pace, on any mobile device. They facilitate engagement with the instructors and offer great support along the way.

Our online courses are free for AGDF members! We offer our Webinars to non-members for $30.

Current topics include Net-zero and Net-Positive Design; Modest Approach to a Liveable Future; Urban Climate Governance; and more.

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