To beat a path through the long grass, we asked. No, to warn off the brown snakes, the site manager said.
It was the beginning of an interpretive journey which, while challenging, didn’t involve slithery encounters.
Touched by floods, shaped by civilisation
It’s hard to believe that a relatively small tract of land not far from Brisbane’s CBD could have such intricate layers of history.
Like the river itself, the connections run deep – from Traditional Custodians and lost explorers, to mills and mansions, and from a power station to centre-stage tennis and an elite residential development.
A project like this requires the successful collaboration between the client, landscape designers, graphic designers, researchers and copywriters, and all the trades that go into its execution. But its success goes beyond that.
It’s the people who share their stories and knowledge that make the difference.
To reveal the layers of history that have shaped this place, we talked with an Aboriginal Elder, community groups and individuals, a former power station employee, demolition contractors, the Queensland Energy Museum curator, historians and more.
Seeing a project like the Ken Fletcher Park come to life and being part of the process is always exciting.
Now, wandering (incognito) through the park, it’s fantastic to see kids at play and so many people enjoying the parklands – and stopping to discover the stories of this place.
Not just glancing at each panel and moving on, but actually reading and pointing things out to each other.
Now that’s what I call success…