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QUT Draft Estate Master Plan released for comment

2nd July 2018

QUT has invited staff, students and the community to have a say on its newly-released draft Estate Master Plan.

The draft plan draws on transport and urban planning studies, and input from an initial community consultation held late last year. It includes a 10-year and a longer-term vision for QUT’s main campuses at Gardens Point and Kelvin Grove, as well as its other facilities.

The university’s Vice President Resources, Graham Fryer, said the draft plan reflected QUT’s “real world planning” approach.

Mr Fryer said advancements in technology had significantly impacted the tertiary education sector and QUT’s campus requirements had shifted in response to this and other changes.

“Our estate master plan needs to support our adaptation to change and will take a high-level, long-term view of how QUT’s estate can respond to a range of potential growth and change scenarios,” Mr Fryer said.

“When finalised, the plan will guide future development and management of QUT’s built environment and landscapes.”

Old Government House sits within QUT's Gardens Point campus.

 

He said QUT viewed itself as part of the broader Brisbane community and worked hard to welcome the general public to the university through events such as Robotronica, premises such as the painstakingly refurbished Old Government House, and infrastructure such as the giant digital interactive display space The Cube.

“We are very keen to hear not just views on how our academic aspirations might affect our neighbours but also what facilities and access might be of interest to the broader community,” Mr Fryer said.

QUT’s physical estate comprises buildings, facilities, landscaping across 29 hectares of land and includes the university’s two major campuses at Gardens Point and Kelvin Grove in Brisbane.

The Cube is located within QUT's Science and Engineering Facility.

Mr Fryer said initial consultation last year had aided development of the Draft Estate Master Plan.

“This draft plan is now available for broader public consultation until 5 August 2018,” he said.

Mr Fryer said QUT wanted to ensure it heard from a diverse range of views and encouraged people to participate in the planning process.

He said focus groups, forums and displays would be held at both of the university’s campuses during July, along with staffed information stalls at key public locations.

To find out more and view the draft plan visit: qut.to/estatemasterplan

Media contact: Rose Trapnell, QUT Media team leader, 07 3138 2361 or 0407 585 901, rose.trapnell@qut.edu.au or media@qut.edu.au

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