Connecting People and Places is a whole day program investigating a proposal for an extensive light rail system linking Brisbane’s CBD, South Bank, West End, Highgate Hill and St Lucia. Two possible sites for light rail stations within the West End area will be visited. The students will explore the idea that the provision of infrastructure does not always match supply and demand needs of the population.
The program commences with the students being introduced to the history of light rail and some of the success stories and failures evident throughout that history. Students visit the two proposed sites and undertake various activities to establish a snapshot of the area of study. These activities include:
- Field sketch
- Traffic survey
- Pedestrian survey
- Initial sustainability survey
Using the primary data students are encouraged to begin to identify the current environmental, demographic and economic trends of the area and collaboratively speculate the success of the establishment of either light rail stations. This group discussion then forms the basis of the school based assessment to follow.
Senior Geography – Theme Two: Focus Unit 4: Connecting People and Places
ACARA Unit 2: Sustaining Places.
- Community infrastructure links people with people, and people with goods and services across geographical space. Modes of transport and communication are part of the infrastructure of communities.
- Different modes of transport have the potential to impact on the livelihood, opportunities and lifestyles of the population, markets and factors of production.
- The provision of infrastructure is the responsibility of various levels of government.
- Communities need to consider the environmental and social impacts of building infrastructure that caters for motorised transport.
- Planning by governments of transport infrastructure at a local and regional level contributes to sustainable communities.
Curriculum Activity Risk Assessment - Year 11-12 - Connecting people and places
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