Brisbane Transformed: More-than-Human Responses to Meeanjin’s Future

Sunday, 20th August 2023, 9am – 4pm
OJW Functions Space, S-Block Level 12, QUT Gardens Point campus (map and getting there)

A Community Symposium hosted by the QUT More-than-Human Futures research group held in conjunction with the Green Institute Conference 2023

This one-day symposium brings together local community members, academics, and politicians to discuss and explore pressing issues affecting Brisbane’s future. The symposium consists of four panel discussions that delve into specific topics of local concern, focusing on the Barrambin / Victoria Park redevelopment, the controversial Lumina light show proposed for Mount Coot-tha, the problem of excessive noise pollution from Brisbane’s flight paths, and the climate-positive approach to the upcoming Brisbane Olympics 2032.

The symposium seeks to engage participants in thoughtful conversations and promote more-than-human responses, considering the wellbeing of both humans and non-humans in shaping Brisbane’s future. Through collaborative dialogue and exchange of ideas, the event aims to foster innovative approaches and actionable solutions for a genuinely sustainable and inclusive Meeanjin (Brisbane).


09.00 – 09.30 Opening Remarks

09.30 – 10.30 Panel 1: Barrambin

The first panel discussion centres around the Barrambin / Victoria Park redevelopment, examining the impact of urban development on the local community and the surrounding environment. Experts and community representatives share their perspectives on balancing growth and sustainability, considering both the economic benefits and potential ecological consequences.


10.30 – 11.00 Morning Tea

11.00 – 12.00 Panel 2: Mount Coot-tha

The second panel delves into the controversial proposal for the Lumina light show at Mount Coot-tha, addressing the concerns raised by environmentalists, cultural custodians, and the broader community. The discussion aims to foster a dialogue on finding a balance between cultural expression, recreation opportunities, and environmental preservation.


12.00 – 13.00 Lunch

13.00 – 14.00 Panel 3: Flight Path Noise

The third panel focuses on the ongoing issue of excessive noise pollution from Brisbane’s flight paths. Community members affected by aircraft noise will discuss health and environmental impacts and outline potential solutions and strategies for mitigating the impact on local residents’ wellbeing and the surrounding ecosystem.


14.00 – 14.30 Afternoon Tea

14.30 – 15.30 Panel 4: Brisbane Olympics 2032

The fourth panel explores the topic of the climate-positive Brisbane Olympics 2032, discussing the efforts being made to ensure sustainability, renewable energy use, and the required climate-positive approach throughout the planning and execution of the event. The panel emphasises the importance of leveraging the Olympics as an opportunity to drive positive environmental change and inspire lasting sustainability practices within the city.


15.30 – 16.00 Closing Remarks




Location: OJW Functions Space, S-Block Level 12, QUT Gardens Point campus [link to map]
Start Date: 20/08/2023 [add to calendar]
Start Time: 9am
End Date: 20/08/2023
End Time: 4pm
RSVP By: Friday 18th of August 2023
Cost: $20 concession; $40 regular; $60 pay-it-forward
Organiser: QUT More-than-Human Futures research group
Enquiries: Professor Marcus Foth, m.foth [AT]