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FORUM | State Government Community Forum

One of the reasons Harbinger Consultants has taken an interest in Fitzgibbon is because we live in a nearby suburb. Also, over the past year or so, Linda has been endeavouring to work through the State Government Community Forum, formerly the Ministerial Regional Community Forum, to broker some alternative uses of QUT’s Carseldine campus in Brisbane’s north. The campus was closed in January. As a voluntary member of the Forum, Linda was also blogging about the proposal regularly, noting a range of government priorities including design. The proposal presented a vision for a strategically situated social innovation and enterprise hub. At each presentation the proposal attracted much community support, even in southside areas, and this seemed to indicate the community’s interest in innovative infrastructure development and provision. At one presentation, a member of the community was moved to ask about how some public space and community benefit could be garned in the redevelopment of the former Queensland College of Art site at Morningside.

Linda prepared and presented several papers and proposals to the Community Forum to garner support. QUT Carseldine is situated within the Fitzgibbon UDA and lands currently held in trust by QUT, predominantly used as sporting fields, are assigned for development in the Fitzgibbon plan. However, the campus buildings are identified for special purposes in the plan. The four proposals and reports developed by Linda and endorsed by the Forum are now posted to Scribd and one of them is embedded here. A slide presentation is also posted to Slideshare.

Linda and other Forum members were appointed for the term of the government, and this means work on the proposal will remain unfinished and the vision will probably remain unrealised. The ULDA and Minister for Planning and Infrastructure, Paul Lucas, rejected the Forum’s request for a meeting to discuss opportunities. With the election occurring on 21 March, the future of the Forum process is uncertain and will be be clarified by the new or returned government. The papers are published on Scribd as a way of sharing some of the work of the Forum and its aspiration for dynamic, innovative, enterprising and resilient community networks.
QUT Carseldine Regional Report

Publish at Scribd or explore others: Other Research community planning

In another proposal presented through the Forum to the state government, art-science collaboration was proposed as a program and research opportunity for the Climate Change Centre for Excellence and warranting inclusion in the government’s innovation agenda.

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