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Geography matters

21/05/2012

​'Geography matters' is a slogan we geography teachers often use and this was no more apparent than on our field trip to inner Brisbane and the North Lakes display village.

The purpose of the field trip was to explore urban planning issues in Brisbane, many of which will impact on students as they consider the communities that they choose to live in when they leave school and the houses they plan to buy or rent.

"Liveability" was our catch cry and our focus was fourfold:

1. Looking at planning decisions at South Bank that have made it the award winning destination that it is.

2. Looking at urban renewal along the Brisbane River via our river cruise.

3. Looking at how sustainability and liveability is achieved through good planning in major residential developments like that at North Lakes.

4. Evaluating the functionality, liveability and energy efficiency of a number of display homes.

During the field trip, students also developed skills associated with teamwork, map reading and observations, planning, collecting and organising data and photos in the field as well as decision making.  Such skills clearly have relevance well beyond the classroom.