Transformation: how the landscape has changed and been modified

McAlpine, C. A. (2010) Transformation: how the landscape has changed and been modified. Queensland Historical Atlas: Histories, Cultures, Landscapes, 2009-2010 .

Author McAlpine, C. A.
Title Transformation: how the landscape has changed and been modified
Journal name Queensland Historical Atlas: Histories, Cultures, Landscapes
ISSN 1838-708X
Publication date 2010-10-21
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status
Volume 2009-2010
Total pages 5
Editor Peter Spearritt
Marion Stell
Place of publication Brisbane, Qld., Australia
Publisher The University of Queensland
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Subject 270704 Landscape Ecology
Original Creative Work - Other
Abstract I love peering down through the small curved window of planes as they land and ascend into Brisbane. I notice the other passengers also point out landmarks with happiness as they arrive back home from a trip overseas. The deep blue waters and sandbars of Moreton Bay and the sprawling suburbs of Sandgate and Redcliffe span out below. The tiny specs of the early morning traffic snake their way over the Hornibrook Bridge. The North Pine River winds its way through the mangroves to Moreton Bay, bordered by small patches of bushland which stand as sentinel to the pre-European landscape. In the 150 years since Queensland broke away from New South Wales, and after a slow beginning as largely an agricultural export economy, Queensland has become an economically and culturally diverse and prosperous society. The sign to the Brisbane Airport displays Queensland’s population counter as 4,455,149, increasing at one person every 4 minutes 33 seconds. Growth is rapid in the Great South East. The mood of growth and rapid urbanisation has replaced the once sleepy southeast, transforming it into sprawling suburbs and motorways, city bypasses and tunnels, linking north and south, east and west. Our politicians proudly claim ‘we are now entering a new phase of development’ – more transformation. Copyright © Clive McAlpine, 2010
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Date created: 21 October 2010

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Created: Fri, 17 Dec 2010, 14:58:59 EST by Dr Clive Mcalpine on behalf of School of Geography, Planning & Env Management