Ever wondered why the URBAN FOOD STREET neighbourhood grows fresh fruit and vegetables on the suburban street in the heart of sprawling suburbia. It isn't because we love to garden. Passionate about quality urban design and planning for PEOPLE we have always endorsed the principles of shared prosperity and inclusivity. Design that moves beyond developer alliances to focus on habitats that are conducive to human health and wellbeing for all. We align strongly with the United Nations Habitat III - The New Urban Agenda which sets global standards for sustainable urban development, helping all of us to rethink how we build, manage and live in cities.
Yesterday we were delighted to attend Habitat III-Localising International Urban Policy in SEQ at Griffith University and contribute to robust discussion about fiduciary duty of care and what this means in the local context. Ironic really if you've been following the UFS happenings with the Sunshine Coast Council who have a fiduciary responsibility to all people, EQUALLY. Case in point. Wondering what the dickens we are talking about? Yesterday's workbook sums it up in a neat and sweet package for everyone to understand.
" Fiduciary duty of care means that we (THE PEOPLE) elect governments to care for the greater good through public infrastructure that achieves multiple benefits for the community need and environmental stewardships required for a healthy existence".
URBAN FOOD STREET is a greater good project, what we do humbly in this neighbourhood benefits the entire community both through social and environmental sustainability. What we do in this neighbourhood is no different to what people do in neighbourhoods all over this beautiful region, we grow vegetation on the verge, except the vegetation that we grow achieves MULTIPLE BENEFITS. By nature of being consumable, it not only cools the planet and beautifies the amenity, it feeds people and in doing so leaves a sustainable legacy for our children, their children, their children and their children. In providing no-food-mile sustenance for ourselves we are ensuring a sustainable suburban future for PEOPLE fuelled on the values of abundance, resilience, fairness, sustainability and prosperity. We have a council who aspires to be Australia's most sustainable region - vibrant, green and diverse. The question has to be asked. Why did the administration feel it necessary to target some families within this neighbourhood in what appears to be an isolated attack, despite how widely spread the practice of growing vegetation on the verge is right across this town, shire and greater region. Hail the humble Hydrangea for thou, who adore the residential fence lines all over this sunny, green, vibrant and diverse coast, shalt be exempt. Pretty to look at. Pity you don't feed people!!!!!
It was lovely to natter and make valued connections with some of Australia's greatest thinkers in urban design, thought, science and sustainability, working locally, nationally and abroad for a sustainable future. These are passionate, professional people, highly valued for their expertise in their respective fields. We are grateful for the wonderful minds that we met yesterday, the business cards that are now in our pockets, their tenacious insight, support and kudos for Australia's only neighbourhood that grows food in the street. We look forward to many great encounters to come.