Stu­dents map out vision for a sus­tain­able fu­ture

Southern Telegraph - - Telegraph News - David Sal­vaire

Bal­divis Secondary Col­lege Year 10 stu­dents be­came town plan­ners last month as they un­veiled their visions for the fu­ture at the Sus­tain­able Ur­ban De­sign Show­case.

The pro­gram chal­lenged stu­dents to de­sign a lo­cal area and high­light the key el­e­ments they in­cluded to­wards ad­dress­ing the sus­tain­able ur­ban de­sign.

The stu­dents ex­am­ined State Govern­ment strate­gies, in­clud­ing Di­rec­tions 2031, to find how sub­urbs can be designed to be more live­able, ac­ces­si­ble, sus­tain­able, re­spon­si­ble and pros­per­ous.

In­dus­try leaders worked along­side the stu­dents to fig­ure out ways to meet the needs of a grow­ing pop­u­la­tion.

Many of the de­signs looked at ways to im­prove wa­ter man­age­ment strate­gies, re­new­able en­ergy use and re­duc­ing ur­ban sprawl.

BSC stu­dent Haylee Guidera, 15, said it was chal­leng­ing to try to in­cor­po­rate dif­fer­ent ideas, but she said the end re­sult was re­ward­ing.

“There were so many el­e­ments to this pro­ject, from plan­ning, to de­sign and even mar­ket­ing skills,” she said.

“It was a lot of work and get­ting all the dif­fer­ent parts to­gether was quite tough, but I’m re­ally glad we had the op­por­tu­nity to be in­volved.”

Bal­divis MLA Reece Whitby said he was “as­tounded” by the qual­ity and de­tail of the de­signs.

“Their depth of knowl­edge in sus­tain­abil­ity is re­ally amaz­ing,” he said.

“These guys are look­ing at is­sues that you’d ex­pect univer­sity stu­dents to be en­gag­ing in and I’ve been blown away by their un­der­stand­ing of these con­cepts.”

Pic­ture: David Sal­vaire

BSC teacher Ti­mothy Hill, stu­dents Ai­den DeMarco and Jerome Due­man, both 16, and Bal­divis MLA Reece Whitby.

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