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    Attorney-General, Minister for Local Government and Special Minister of State
    The Honourable Paul Lucas

    Urban design board ensuring Queensland grows gracefully

    Attorney-General, Minister for Local Government and Special Minister of State
    The Honourable Paul Lucas

    Thursday, July 14, 2011

    Urban design board ensuring Queensland grows gracefully

    Dozens of urban spaces and infrastructure projects from Far North Queensland to the Gold Coast have already benefitted from the expertise of a board of the country’s brightest designers, architects, planners and engineers.

    Deputy Premier and Minister for Local Government and Planning Paul Lucas said the Board for Urban Places, created by the State Government in August 2009, was ensuring Queensland grew gracefully.

    “The Board was established to provide general and project-specific advice on urban design, planning, architecture, landscape architecture, sustainability and built environment issues,” Mr Lucas said.

    “It has been able to provide well informed and insightful critique and recommendations to the state and local governments on dozens of urban planning and infrastructure projects across the state.

    “An excellent example is the footbridge across Fairfield Rd connecting Yeerongpilly Railway Station with the Queensland Tennis Centre.

    “When the Board first met the project director, the reference design was a standard steel truss railway footbridge that didn’t contribute to the local area.

    “The end result is a striking façade, inspired by the sole of the Dunlop Volley sandshoe, running along the sides of the bridge above the roadway.

    “Thanks to the co-operative involvement of design professionals such as architects, engineers and the project management team, what could have been an ordinary bridge has become a valued piece of public infrastructure that provides a fitting point of arrival to a major state facility, and enhances the character of the area.

    “And it was delivered on-time and within budget.”

    Key projects the board has been involved in to date include:

    • Milton Transit Oriented Development
    • Woolloongabba Urban Development Area
    • Gold Coast Rapid Transit
    • Sunshine Coast University Hospital
    • Cairns Cultural Precinct

    “The State Government is delivering billions of dollars worth of infrastructure every year,” Mr Lucas said.

    “Since 2007-08 the Queensland Government has invested more than $60 billion in infrastructure – the biggest surge of investment in the State’s history.

    “The projects we’re building will be community assets for years to come so they need to be delivered with long life, community relevance and pride in mind.

    “The Board has ensured we can be confident we are now creating communities that will respond positively to growth, and offer vibrant and balanced public spaces that will inspire our growing population.

    “Both the Government and project proponents have been impressed with the efficiency of the board’s small working groups and their ability to provide timely advice, which has often enabled projects to run more confidently and smoothly,” he said.

    More broadly the Board for Urban Places aims to advocate for well designed urban places in Queensland through activities such as publishing the Charter for Queensland Places, a guide intended for Queenslanders who shape our environment; developing training and capacity building programs to increase urban design skills in government and industry; and identifying a need for a review of procurement processes as a key component in achieving best practice design and quality urban outcomes.

    The Board is a non-statutory body and is intended solely as an advisory body with no formal decision-making role.

    It is chaired by the Queensland Government architect and officially meets every two months, with a number of sub-committees of smaller groups of board members formed in relation to most projects which meet more regularly.

    Membership rotates on a project-by-project basis taking into consideration the issues to be discussed, and experience and skill sets required. Each Board meeting features between 5 and 12 experts.

    Members are appointed for a fixed two-year term and consist of 24 specialists from disciplines such as architecture, urban design, planning, sustainability, social and cultural policy, economics and transport.

    The Charter for Queensland Places and the Board’s Inaugural Year in Review publication are available online at

    Media contact: Thea Phillips 0400 232 341