QLD AILA + PLA + APAF 2022 Parks Forum - NEW DATE

QLD AILA + PLA + APAF 2022 Parks Forum - NEW DATE

AILA and PLA present the 2022 Parks Forum as part of Parks Week and the Asia Pacific Architecture Festival*. PLEASE NOTE:THE NEW DATE FOR THIS EVENT TUESDAY 29 MARCH.
Join us for a light breakfast at Victoria Park, as we explore the tensions between city and nature. Four speakers will delve into the topic before coming together for a provocative panel discussion. 

Speaker topics:

Indigenous Community Planning: the land transition history of Barambin and opportunities for ‘Country’ in public green spaces of Meeanjin

Speaker: Greg Kitson

Is the compromise to nature untenable? The great decline of koalas in SEQ and the failure of urban green corridors
Speaker: Meghan Halverson

Why should we combine recreation with Nature?
Speaker: Kurt Martin

Are City Parks really a lost Cause for Nature? – a Spatial Analysis of the reallocation of Brisbane City parks to urban and infrastructure purposes

Speaker: Shaun Walsh FAILA 

This event will be held at the Victoria Park Garden Marquee and guests will need to follow current Queensland government guidelines for indoor venues. Guests need to be fully vaccinated, must check in using the Queensland check in app and follow the mask mandate.






AILA, PLA (through PLA member site) AIA and PIA members (with discount code)


Student  Student member  $25
Non-member Non-member price. Become a member to access member pricing.  $80

*PLA members need to register through the PLA site to receive the member price. AIA and PIA members please contact [email protected] to receive a discount code.


Greg Kitson

Greg is Wakka Wakka, a Brisbane Black and an urban and regional planner who is completing a PhD at the Cities Research Institute, Griffith University. His research forms part of an ARC Linkage project: Being ‘On Country Off Country’. His research's overarching theme is to validate and value urban and peri-urban Aboriginal Peoples connections and relationships with ‘Country’. Greg aims to improve understanding of the needs of these groups with respect to planning and ‘Country’ and raise the profile of Indigenous Community Planning as a contemporary land use planning theory and practice.







Meghan Halverson

Meghan is co-founder and driving force behind Queensland Koala Crusaders and is known for her passion on behalf of koalas and other native species. She organized the first ever ‘Koala Summit’ in Noosa in 2012 and was an early and ongoing sponsor of USC’s Detection Dogs for Conservation Centre koala projects.

Her efforts made possible the planting of the first 24,000 trees in the Yurol-Ringtail Koala Recovery Project with NDLC by securing international funding. She launched the Noosa Region Koala Rescue team with Wildcare and was amongst rescuers participating in “black walks” following the bushfires and spearheading fundraising raising to support animal rescuers and carers. Meghan has received both a Queensland Day Award for Community Service and the Jenny McKay Award for Multicultural Excellence.




Kurt Martin

Recreation Trails Activation Officer, BSC Environmental Management from University of Sunshine Coast

Kurt started his career in environmental education on the Great Barrier Reef and has a long standing passion for connecting people and nature through his life and career. Kurt now works for Sunshine Coast Council developing new outdoor recreation opportunities and manage nature based recreation for the Sunshine Coast region. His current role aims to provide opportunities for an increasing demand in nature-based recreation while achieving a sustainable outcomes. Kurt’s presentation will focus on how integrating people in nature is a key to our future and managing recreation pressure can be achieved with good planning and appropriate recreation development. 




Shaun Walsh

Shaun Walsh, FAILA is a landscape architect and environmental planner. He is former longstanding director with AILA, as well as former CEO of City Parklands including South Bank Parklands and Roma Street Parklands. He is currently the Environmental Manager of Noosa Shire, where he lives in the hinterland. Shaun has been convening the Parks Forum for over 10 years and seek to conjure provocative and informative discussions on quality management for our wonderful open spaces.





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* Parks Forum is part of the Asia Pacific Architecture Festival

Co-operate, co-design, co-exist

The Asia Pacific Architecture Festival is a collaboration between founding partners Architecture Media and State Library of Queensland.

A rich collage of cultures, the Asia Pacific is also a collective with shared histories and challenges. How can cooperative approaches to design celebrate its myriad traditions, environments and evolution?

Join us from 12 to 25 March as we speculate on strategies with collaboration and inclusivity at their core. This year’s festival will deliver an exciting, interdisciplinary program of exhibitions, installations, symposia, lectures and workshops that address the culture, sustainability and economy of the region. See the full program here

Tuesday, 29 March 2022
7:30 am to 9:30 am
$40 - $80
Garden Marquee
Victoria Park Function Centre
Herston Road
Herston 4006
3 CPD Points