What would a Community led Sustainable City Plan look like?
Gecko is exploring this topic and a very popular workshop during the CC4G conference showed that there are a large number of community members willing to be involved. Griffith University Students are lending their support and looking to develop this further in 2018 using the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals as a guide.
The current planning model isn’t working for community, be it urban planning, environmental, social, energy or waste planning.
So what is the solution?
As a follow up to the CC4G Conference, Gecko with the support of Griffith University students will be conducting focus groups to further discuss the importance of creating a more sustainable Gold Coast. The focus groups aim to encourage community members to consider what and how to develop sustainability within their division and ultimately utilise this information to move towards compiling a sustainability plan for the Gold Coast. The aim is to improve liveability with a local focus on each division by using crowd-sourcing to leverage real change, citizen science and connecting related groups for a bundled and focused outcome. The Gold Coast City Council has been without a Climate Change plan for a number of years and one of the aims of this action is to develop a plan to be considered by Council for the Gold Coast’s future