Thu 11 October
10am - 4:30pm
Hop into one of five fun vintage renovated kombis for a drive South to Kingscliff foreshore, a tour lead by WE-EF LIGHTING and Street Furniture Australia!
Currumbin Tugun: Currumbin Beach, Surfers Paradise Skyline, Elephant Rock: Speaker: Philip Follent*
Tasty lunch upstairs at the scenic Cafe D'Bar on Point Danger.
Kingscliff Foreshore: Speaker: Ian Bentley ** (Tweed Shire Council)
Philip Follent: Philip Follent, Gold Coast City Council’s first City Architect (2003 -2008) later appointed Queensland Government Architect (2008-2011) became the inaugural chair of the Queensland Board for Urban Places and inaugural member of the Queensland Design Council. He became the founding Head of the Soheil Abedian School of Architecture at Bond University in 2011.
His architectural practice won numerous architectural awards. He has been declared Lecturer of the Year at Queensland University of Technology across all campuses and received the Excellence in Teaching Award in the School of Sustainable Development and Architecture at Bond University.
Philip is Chairman of the Swell Sculpture Festival, executive member of Friends of Currumbin and Tugun Progress Association and a tireless advocate for sustainable city shaping and environmental stewardship.
His public advocacy on matters of design, planning process, urban design and cultural enrichment has earned respect and awards from both the environmental and community arenas as well as peer respect in the profession of architecture, urban design and planning where he is currently the Co-chair of the Australian Institute of Architects Gold Coast. Philip initiated the International Urban Design Conference in 2007 and is currently Chairman of the Australian Liveable Cities Conference.
In 2017, the City of Gold Coast Council named a new award the Philip Follent Urban Design Award for Unbuilt Work and Master planning in Philip‘s honour. Philip’s public high profile and professional and environmental credibility, coupled with his ability to convey design and planning complexities to lay audiences makes him a valuable conduit and moderator on projects of community interest.
Currumbin Tugun: Gold Coasters are proud and protective of the physical beauty of the close-at-hand hinterland, the headlands and estuaries that characterise the southern beach suburbs. Home to some of the city’s most proactive environmental groups the area has so-far evolved without destructive change. Hear from former City Architect Philip Follent why Currumbin / Tugun and the indigenous-named southern beaches are seen as the “green focussed” suburbs which foster community, easy lifestyle and surfing a haven with still a hint of 50’s beach holidays.
** Ian Bentley grew up in the North of England where he studied horticulture before immigrating to Australia. Having worked a summer on the tools in the blistering Brisbane heat, he was bound for an office job that combined his love of horticulture and the design aspects of Landscape Architecture. Having graduated from QUT in Brisbane Ian worked in private practice before venturing into a career in local government where the pay is limited but the personal rewards more than make up for it.
** Rowan Robinson Park, Kingscliff is designed to become a large community space at the heart of the Kingscliff central business district, a destination point for residents and visitors to gather each day to relax and enjoy the breathtaking scenery, engage with family and friends with an open air BBQ or take a leisurely walk along the foreshore pathway. The design builds on the existing stands of coastal trees that already exist on site and provide natural shade with many more trees planted to retain the parks natural feel. Furniture including seating, picnic settings and shelters will be installed throughout the park. A new amenities building comprising new toilets and showers will also form part of the project. A large open lawn area will sit at the heart of the design and will function as a more active space for ball games whilst also having the ability to host events and other live performances.
Very limited spots available, be sure to book in early!