2022 Parks Forum: Tensions Between City and Nature


29 Mar 2022

7:30 am – 9:30 am (AEST)

Garden Marquee
Victoria Park
309 Herston Road, Herston
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Parks and Leisure Australia (QLD) and the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (QLD) present the 2022 Parks Forum as part of Parks Week and the Asia Pacific Architecture Festival, with event partner Eureka Landscapes.

Come along for a light breakfast at Victoria Park as four speakers explore the tensions between city and nature before coming together for a provocative panel discussion. 

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

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 South East Queensland 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 areas for infrastructure purposes. Speaker: Shaun Walsh.

*AILA, PLA, AIA and PIA members are eligible for the members' price 


Greg Kitson
PhD Candidate, Cities Research Institute, Griffith University

Brisbane, Australia

Shaun Walsh
Noosa Shire Council

Noosa, Australia

Meghan Halverson
Queensland Koala Crusaders

Noosa, Australia

Kurt Martin
Sunshine Coast Regional Council

Sunshine Coast, Australia


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