In brief - Green space vital in the urban environment for
health and wellbeing
With urban populations increasing in Queensland, the challenge
for local governments is to manage tight budgets and maintain their
constituents' high standard of living. This includes ensuring
that access to green space in cities is not compromised.
Growing trend in Queensland towards urban living
According to recently released analysis by the Australian Bureau
of Statistics, almost half of Queensland's population now
resides in Greater Brisbane and the population of this area is
growing at a faster rate than the rest of Queensland. This rapid
growth, along with the growth experienced in areas such as the
Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast, reflects the growing trend in
Queensland towards urban living.
Governments must maintain availability of urban green space
despite increasing difficulties
Local governments face the difficult task of accommodating an
increased urban population while continuing to uphold and increase
the standard of living of their constituents. The logical method of
accommodating an increased urban population is to utilise existing
development infrastructure through infill and brownfield
However, in doing so, local governments and the development
industry must be careful to not compromise Queensland's
standard of living through a decrease in urban open space.
Urban green space shown to benefit health
A movement by 202020 Vision to increase urban green space by 20%
by 2020 continues to generate support from sectors ranging from
local governments and developers to universities and health
Research continues to flood out of the University of Exeter in
the UK, showing the short-term and long-term health and wellbeing
benefits of increased green space, particularly in the urban
The juggling act for Queensland's local governments will be
to manage their increasingly tight budgets (due to restrictions in
the Federal budget and the state's infrastructure planning and
funding reform) while providing an increasingly high standard of
living for their growing populations.
Innovative planning is key to providing increased urban open
The goal of providing increased urban green space in today's
economic environment will require innovative planning and the
support of both local governments and the development industry.
Let's hope we can all work together to find room for trees in
the ever expanding urban jungle.
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