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Creative professionals explore Coast transport options

This month, in a public discussion a panel of experts will explore how transport is key to the region’s liveability.

The Sunshine Coast has the rare opportunity to create a new city – a new heart of the region.

This month, in a public discussion a panel of experts will explore how transport is key to the region’s liveability.

The Design Series is a curated program of events provoking discussions and connections across key industry groups from the arts, architecture, digital, engineering, environment, landscape and planning sectors.

Design is a broad process and like many professions, too often it operates within its silos. The Design Series is an opportunity for different design practitioners to come together to explore the intersections of design in the context of the Sunshine Coast’s new city centre.

Sunshine Coast Creative Alliance (SCCA) is a partner, along with other peak industry groups, delivering the Design Series.

SCCA is all about connecting the dots to identify opportunities between creative practitioners (including artists, musicians and designers) and business, making The Design Series an important conversation for the organisation to be in.

At the heart of SCCA is advocating for the valuable contribution creative practitioners make to the region, both economically and socially. There’s a positive view of the need for art and culture to be part of the new city, but what does this look like and what could it deliver?

By getting people with a lot of experience in the one place to discuss the future of our region from multiple perspectives, inevitably The Design Series ponders the role of creativity.

In February, Tim Ross, comedian and passionate advocate for architecture and design and its impact on society, debated what was important in establishing the Sunshine Coast’s future city with international visual communicator and local hinterland resident Ben Johnston.

This month the discussion focuses on transport and urban design. What is the role of integrated transport planning in retaining the Coast’s quality of lifestyle? How do you create cities and villages that are liveable, economically viable and socially inclusive?

A panel of local and national speakers will explore the role of transport in designing a sustainable and liveable region. The line-up includes:

  • Rob Adams – city architect, City of Melbourne
  • Steve Burgess – director, Complete Streets, Hobart
  • Emma Thomas – CEO, Sunshine Coast Council
  • Matthew Burke – Associate Professor, Cities Research Institute, Griffith University
  • Kylie Nixon – Associate Principal, ARUP.

The event will take place at The MET in the Maroochydore City Centre on Thursday May 20.

Tickets are $35 and include food and live music. To get your ticket for the event go to mccmetropolitan.com.au/the-design-series. The bar will be open and all profits will go to SCCA as a direct investment back into local creative projects.

Hosted by The MET, The Design Series is presented by SunCentral in partnership with key industry groups: the Australian Institute of Architects, the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, Planning Institute of Australia, Parks & Leisure Australia, Engineers Australia and the SCCA.

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