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Jane’s Walk 2024 Meadowbrook

Jane's Walk 2024: Healthy Streets, Meadowbrook, Logan

Queensland Walks and PIA QLD Women in Planning are excited to announce that we are hosting Jane’s Walk 2024.

Jane’s Walk is an annual festival of free, community-led walking conversations inspired by urbanist Jane Jacobs, with the walks taking place in hundreds of cities around the world. Jane’s Walks encourage people to share stories about their neighbourhoods, discover unseen aspects of their communities, and use walking as a way to connect with their neighbours.

Queensland Walks Board member Greg Vann and Christopher Austin (Logan City Council’s Program Leader – Transport and Infrastructure Planning) will lead a walking discussion tour of the Loganlea Road Healthy Street and Armstrong Place on Sunday, June 2nd.

Over $5m of funding from Logan City Council and $2.4m from the State Government has been well spent over the last 4 years to transform the area into a prime example of a healthy street within a health, knowledge and wellness precinct, providing for recreation spaces, over 20,000 new plants and trees, lighting, artwork and connectivity improvements for walking and riding.

Participants will be invited to imagine what other key centres could benefit from a similar health and connectivity focus, where walking, riding and activity hubs are provided with priority space.

More details and tickets are available at https://www.planning.org.au/events/event/Janes-Walk-2024-healthy-streets-logan

The Planning Institute of Australia, Queensland Walks Incorporated and Logan City Council are partnering to deliver this amazing walk, and WiPN’s contribution is being led by Katherine Berlin.

Jane Jacobs (1916-2006) was an urbanist and activist known for her community-focused approach to city planning. Her book, “The Death and Life of Great American Cities” (1961), challenged conventional urban planning ideas. Jacobs advocated for mixed-use development, higher urban density, and local economies. She influenced neighbourhood activism in New York and Toronto, opposing car-centric planning and promoting local input in urban development. Jacobs believed in people’s ability to shape their communities and emphasised the importance of understanding one’s neighbourhood.