Careers in Geography Day

Friday, 22nd July 2011

 

Careers in Geography Day
Date:     Friday, 22nd July 2011
Time:    9:00- 2:00pm
Venue:  University of Queensland, St Lucia
Cost:     Free!

The School of Geography, Planning & Environmental Management at the University of Queensland’s annual Careers in Geography Day allows senior students access to presentations and workshops with current students and staff.
To reserve places for students please email k.swanson@uq.edu.au with your name and the approximate number of students you expect to bring or go to the website: www.gpem.uq.edu.au
Do not hesitate to get in contact with any questions or queries by phone on 07 3346 7406 or email.

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Urban Park Design Concept Plan

Download Stuartholme’s Year10 Geography Parks project: Annotated Visual Display URBAN PARK DESIGN CONCEPT PLAN. Get the full 13 page pdf lesson! (this document is password protected)

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One Just World

World Vision, in partnership with AusAID, the International Women’s Development Agency, and Griffith University, are holding a public forum in Brisbane on 12 April, which may be of interest to GLC staff and local teachers. I’ve attached a flyer for the event – we’d be grateful if you could distribute it through your networks.

The event will be held at the Queensland Conservatorium, Southbank, from 6.00-7.30pm on Tuesday 12 April (full details on the flyer). Entry is free.

The topic is “Turning the tide on health”, and considers global health issues, including the importance of health for social and economic development.

More information on the One Just World series can be found at the website: http://www.onejustworld.com.au/

All forums are filmed, and the video is available on-line. This may be of interest in particular to senior Geography teachers. Videos can be found by clicking the “Past Forums” tab, select topic area and forum title – the film clips are loaded in order, with a separate clip for each speaker. Speakers are experts in their fields, and include international guest speakers.

Forum topic areas include: climate change; disability and development; food and nutrition; gender equality; global health; human rights; international development; water and sanitation.

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Brisbane Institute

The Brisbane Institute

Future events from The Brisbane Institute include:

  • 23.03.11* Packed Lunch Career Rockets: boosting skills, boosting reputation
  • 05.04.11 In Conversation: Lord Mayor Campbell Newman
  • 12.04.11* Brisbane Business Conversation #2: Smart, Connected City
  • 19.04.11* Seriously, renewable: which energy options provide the best potential
  • 04.05.11 Brisbane Business Conversation #3: Growing City
  • 17.05.11* Is digital access the new class divide? In the 21st century, knowledge is still power
  • 31.05.11* Saving energy: how we do for power what we did for water
  • 15.06.11* Packed lunch: Leading, inspiring and engaging communities in change
More details about these and other activities can be found on The Brisbane Institute’s home page: http://www.brisinst.org.au/

 

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Professional development – The Brisbane Institute.

The Brisbane Institute is promoted as Queensland’s premier think tank and independent forum for ideas, insight, inspiration and innovation.

Since 1998, The Brisbane Institute has been bringing the communities of greater Brisbane and south east Queensland together with leaders in government, business, industry and academia to challenge assumptions, provoke discussion, share information and generate solutions to issues that affect us all.

As a Geography teacher I have attended forums provided by the Institute from time to time.

Most recently I attended their forum: No Place Called Home. It was promoted as an important forum examining why secure, affordable housing is still just a dream for many Queenslanders.

This is how the event was described on their website:

As people flock to the south east corner to enjoy our sensational climate and lifestyle, the Great Australian Dream is increasingly out of reach for many Queenslanders, and household affordability, public housing and homelessness are emerging as the most urgent issues in the growth management debate. How do policy-makers begin to tackle these challenges? What are the options for a new generation struggling to achieve the dream of a place to call their own? And what can we do in our own families and communities to help?

The speakers were:

  • Assistant Coordinator-General James Coutts
  • Brisbane Housing Company’s CEO David Cant
  • Executive Officer for Queensland Shelter Adrian Pisarski
  • Mission Australia’s national homelessness and housing advisor Sean Lappin
  • Residential property expert Michael Matusik

There was a wide-ranging panel discussion covering topics such as trends in household and community planning, the changing face of social housing, the surprising new statistics on homelessness, and solutions for the growing number of people who have no place called home.

In terms of the Social environments unit I found there were quite useful insights for the Sustaining communities focus unit.

For example David Cant told of the 100000 homeless across Australia of which 60000 sleep rough. There are 9 million dwellings in Australia and 8.5 million households.

Adrian Pisarski told us that in the last 20 years the size of houses has doubled while the size of households has halved. He spoke of the ‘McMansions’ and their huge drain on energy because they are often built so close together that natural ventilation is severely impeded.

James Coutts referred to the new Urban Land Development Authority development at Fitzgibbon, Fitzgibbon Chase. This new development has a range of housing options including that provided by the Brisbane Housing Company and ‘Fonzie’ [yes, as in Happy Days] style apartments.

It is located to access rail and the northern bus way. He also referred to a new report that Geography teachers around the state may find useful:

Shaping tomorrow’s Queensland: A response to the Queensland Growth Management Strategy [summary document: http://www.dip.qld.gov.au/resources/plan/growth-summit-response.pdf] [full document: http://growthsummit.premiers.qld.gov.au/assets/full-gov-response.pdf ]

Future events from The Brisbane Institute include:

  • 23.03.11* Packed Lunch: Career Rockets: boosting skills, boosting reputation
  • 05.04.11 In Conversation: Lord Mayor Campbell Newman
  • 12.04.11* Brisbane Business Conversation #2: Smart, Connected City
  • 19.04.11* Seriously, renewable: which energy options provide the best potential
  • 04.05.11 Brisbane Business Conversation #3: Growing City
  • 17.05.11* Is digital access the new class divide? In the 21st century, knowledge is still power 31.05.11* Saving energy: how we do for power what we did for water
  • 15.06.11* Packed lunch: leading, inspiring and engaging communities in change

More details about these and other activities can be found on The Brisbane Institute’s home page: http://www.brisinst.org.au/

** Article courtesy of Russell Smerdon [All Hallows’ School]

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A Message from the President

Fellow Geographers


Welcome back to the 2011 school year and another exciting year of Geography!

Firstly I would like to acknowledge the hard work and contributionsof the State Council over the past year and thank the departing members. I would also like to say thank you to all who were reelected and to those that attended the AGM.

It has been a very interesting vacation season and commencement to the New Year. In Geography Teachers’ Land in January AGTA held its much anticipated conference in South Australia whichwas the culmination of several years of planning. From all reports it was a highly successful event with over 30 delegates attending from Queensland. In fact delegate numbers overall far exceeded expectations and sessions were interesting and informative. I’m surethat all who attended benefited from the experience of extending their professional connections and learning.

It was also at the AGTA conference that that second significant pointoccurred – Tim Costello has kindly agreed to become the AGTA Patron for the next 3 years. I’m sure that you would all agree that Tim Costello’s work has provided him with a great depth of knowledge, not just of social justice issues, but also of the dynamic relationships and interdependences of the world’s natural and human systems.

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FREE Teacher PD!

Now that you have had a chance to settle in to your classes this year, perhaps you’re interested in some FREE Teacher PD this term?

Webinar Series
A series of on-line presentations aimed at increasing your understanding of the Shale Oil industry and the role it will play in the future supply of energy in Australia. Industry experts in the areas of geology, engineering and processing will engage with teachers on-line.

All webinars will be one hour in duration and begin at 3:30pm. Participants may choose to register for individual webinars, or the entire series.

February 8 – Australia’s Energy Security
February 21 – Formation of Oil Shale
March 9 – Processing Oil Shale and Making Fuels
March 21 – Environmental Management
April 5 – The QER Oil Shale Story

On-Line PD – Wet Rocks
A series of activities conducted over four weeks aimed at improving teachers understanding of Groundwater and water management. The workshop includes completion of hands on and on-line activities and engagement with industry experts from across the nation. Great teaching materials provided to all participants.

Begins February 28, 2011

Interested? Email traceyl@qrc.org.au

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