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Making a difference to South East Queensland’s future

Friday 24 March 2017

Chloe Twidale
Chloe Twidale is interested in designing cities with connected communities and open green spaces

Twenty-two-year old Chloe Twidale (pictured) has chosen a career in which she will have a major influence on how we live, work and play in cities and towns in the future.

So it is fitting that the cadet engineer, who grew up on a farm in Central Queensland and has lived in Brisbane for the past four years, joined approximately 100 young Queenslanders aged between 17 and 25 at the ShapingSEQ Youth Summit earlier this year.

Chloe said the summit gave her and other delegates the opportunity to design and build a model city as well as country and coastal communities that showcase their vision for South East Queensland’s future.

‘While it is hard to imagine our life in 25 years let alone our ideal region, I enjoyed the forward thinking involved, hearing different perspectives and having the chance to articulate how I would like to see SEQ in the future,’ she said.

‘The three things that were important to everyone were connected communities, access to green and open space, and renewable resources.

‘We also spoke about digital connections for rural Queensland, the importance of international trade, bringing the environment into urban areas, the shift away from non-renewables and lessening our footprints on the environment.’

Now in her final year of civil engineering at Queensland University of Technology, Chloe has secured a cadetship with the engineering company Downer at their Woolloongabba office located in Brisbane’s inner-city east.

‘I have a passion for the environment and renewable energies and love the Brisbane area and the great atmosphere in the city,’ she said.

The recent youth summit, hosted by the Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning was part of the state government’s commitment to ensure every SEQ resident enjoys the opportunity to participate in the ShapingSEQ regional planning process.

Other key themes raised at the summit included good transport options, promoting a night‑time economy, creating housing options for those wanting to live in low and medium density environments, and the importance of subtropical designs which reflect our climate and lifestyle.

Once it is released later this year, ShapingSEQ will become the government’s new regional planning framework to sustainably manage change and growth in the region for the next 50 years.