Thu 11 October
12pm - 4:30pm
The Ecovillage at Currumbin was designed by John Mongard Landscape Architects and is one of Australia’s first commercially sustainable ecovillages. Ecovillages are an emerging type of integrated living based on ecologically sustainable frameworks. Climate change and peak oil together are forcing a radical change in the way our cities grow.
Hinterland Regional Park: Speaker: Saraya Robinson & Darren Roche* (City of Gold Coast)
Mangrove Track on the wooden boardwalk & amphitheatre by David Fleay Wildlife Park: Speaker: Ted Stubbersfield (International External Timber Design Consultant) & Robert Waddell** (Guymer Bailey Architects)
Eco Village at Currumbin: Speaker: John Mongard *** (Landscape Architect)
*Hinterland Regional Park is a beautiful regional park situated in Mudgeeraba. The parklands cover 72 hectares and borders Mudgeeraba Creek, Bonogin Creek and Hardys Road. This parkland was the first Mudgeeraba land to be settled by Europeans in 1869. The original vegetation has been highly modified in the past 140 years as a result of: clearing timber cutting for sawmills and fence posts and rails, grazing by beef and dairy cattle, construction of water pipelines and power lines, invasion by introduced pasture legumes and escapees from gardens, and dam construction.
In 1999 the City formed a partnership with the Hinterland Regional Park Bushcare Group to start restoring the degraded parkland. It was the first official bushcare group partnered with the Natural Areas Management Unit under the Beaches to Bushland Volunteer Landcare Program. Since this time the group have planted thousands of native trees and assisted with environmental weed control.
In addition to bushcare works the City have also undertaken large scale restoration works including the planting of over 40,000 trees along Mudgeeraba Creek.
· restore and expand remaining native vegetation by controlling weeds
· repair riparian vegetation including its structure, integrity and diversity
· improve habitat opportunities for a variety of native fauna
· provide learning opportunities for local landholders in "bush restoration"
· improve the amenity of the park as a focal point in the community
· strengthen relationships in the community
Saraya Robinson- Greening Officer- City of Gold Coast- Saraya coordinates both the Beaches to Bushland Landcare Program and NaturallyGC Programs connecting the community to nature through both landcare and nature based educational activities
Darren Roche- Ecological Restoration Officer- City of Gold Coast Darren has 20 years experience in the field of Ecological Restoration and is responsible for coordinating large scale restoration programs within the City of Gold Coast
** Boardwalk Fleay’s Wildlife Park : The scope of works comprised two parts. The first was to construct a new access ramp from the lower car park, leading up to the entrance of the wildlife sanctuary. This involved an elevation of approximately 9.5 m with 153 lineal metres of timber decking and switchbacks. The second phase involved the replacement of the existing boardwalk that meanders through the natural mangroves for over half a kilometre. Outdoor Structures Australia's Deckwood was used throughout and the design of subframe was in keeping with our design guides and philosophy.
** Edgar (Ted) Stubbersfield has over 40 years’ experience in timber production, specialising in weather exposed timber over the last 20. Ted now works as a consultant and educator in his area of speciality which includes landscaping, bridges, boardwalks and decks. When operating Outdoor Structures Australia (1997 to 2012) his approach to the design and supply of these structures was very different to his competitors. His unique knowledge has been recorded in 19 guides on different aspects of external timber. A Major Sponsor of the Festival, Wood Solutions will be releasing them at a future date.
** Amphitheatre: The 150-seat outdoor amphitheatre at David Fleay Wildlife Park provides a dedicated show space that enhances visitors' natural experiences, encourages close encounters with wildlife and facilitates Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service ranger-led interpretive demonstrations, including the free-flight bird show. Beautifully crafted artificial rockwork terraces step down the embankment of Moon Dam to create the picturesque amphitheatre setting with audiences shaded by a simple skillion roof form that has three overlapping panels. The roof structure design has been carefully considered to remove the need for cross bracing and strutting, which would endanger birds during free-flight displays. Colour selections help the structure blend into the natural setting by adopting the tones of leaves and bushland shadows.
Artificial rockwork continues on stage and forms a shallow pool, waterfall and ramp up from Moon Dam for aquatic bird species to enter the stage. Artificial rockwork structures at each end of the stage camouflage sound and lighting controls and transportable pet packs for displayed wildlife. The stage also incorporates an artificial tree sculpture for use as a perch by showcased birds. The amphitheatre’s setting is completed by the reinstatement of the surrounding gardens using native rainforest and riparian species that blend with the surrounding bushland.
** Rob Waddell is the Principal Landscape Architect at Guymer Bailey Landscape. With extensive experience in designing education, community and open space landscape architecture, Rob has a proven track record of designing award-winning landscapes that capture the hearts and imagination and enrich the experiences of the local community.
With a keen interest in exploring the relationship between natural and built environments, Rob develops high-quality design outcomes that prioritise placemaking and people-centred design and work in harmony with the natural environment.
***The Ecovillage: has become a model for sustainable development in Australia, having won over 30 National and International awards, including the 2008 United Nations Award for Best Sustainable Residential Development. The Ecovillage has transformed the notion of a suburb, with minimal fencing, productive trees on streets, overland storm water and lake harvesting and onsite water and waste. The building and landscape codes have created highly sustainable homes with low carbon footprints.
*** John Mongard: John is principal of John Mongard Landscape Architects (JMLA), a Brisbane-based practice focused on collaborative place making. JMLA have focused their research into sustainable options to suburban sprawl, culminating in their work on ecovillages.