John Daly serves Precinct George

Precinct George is a body representing tenants, developers and the wider community in all aspects of the George Street precinct.

Our Mission

To assist in positioning George Street to be recognised as an iconic street…

We are Brisbane based not-for-profit organisation with a single focus on engaging with all stakeholders in the George Street precinct. The first organisation of its kind, our mission is very simple – providing a common voice all that belong to the George Street precinct…

All day, everyday we get asked about our reasons for creating Precinct George. What do we stand to gain from the initiative? Can our interests be best served from an existing body? Why George Street? So we thought we would provide the answers below…

Why George Street?

George Street, it can be argued, is an interconnecting thoroughfare that connects the city’s spine together. Bordered by the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens and the Roma Street Parklands it represents the street that best connects Brisbane’s cultural heritage together with government, commerce and the education sectors. With major development occur along the street or in adjacent streets to the central spine, Precinct George believes that George Street more than any other street in the city has the most potential for exploration as a precinct. To this end we are committed to engaging with all stakeholders in the street to facilitate a discussion about its future…

What is Precinct George’s purpose?

Precinct George’s fundamental premise is that greater good can be achieved by facilitating discussion and enabling consensus to be achieved by stakeholders within the precinct. The Precinct George purpose is therefore to provide an independent voice for stakeholders on the street, recognising that much more can be achieved by a body that is associated by stakeholders on the street than if independent stakeholders sort to achieve outcomes without suitable consensus…

Can Precinct George’s initiative be served by an organisation?

The uniqueness with Precinct George lies in the fact that it is an organisation with a specialised focus on marketing and promoting a single street. This therein provides Precinct George Limited with a number of points of difference that are unmatched. Where a Chamber of Commerce is commonly a member driven organisation that provides members with opportunities to network with members and guests, Precinct George Limited is a not-for-profit organisation that seeks to advocate and champion specific causes in the George Street precinct. Precinct George Limited does not see itself taking market share from any organisation; it sees itself complimenting the good work that a range of organisations are providing within the precinct. We are professional enablers and facilitators, its what we do for a living…

What is the difference between Precinct George’s crowd-funding / donation model and a traditional ‘membership’ model?

The uniqueness of the Precinct George Limited business model is exemplified in its approach for eliciting funds and donations for campaigns. Where a traditional membership model relies on a traditional membership structure to secure finance, Precinct George will use a combination of crowd-funding and donation fundraising to secure funding for specific causes that stakeholders in the precinct have expressed interest in championing. Accordingly stakeholders will have the option to directly contribute to grassroots campaigns of interest for them, by them. Popularly known as ‘crowd-funding,’ direct donations are made to the organisation through a singular website interface with Precinct George Limited accountable for executing the campaign outcomes once it reaches a threshold of funding. Relying on critical mass, Precinct George strength ultimately lies in the size and scale of its membership.

We sink or swim on the basis of our engagement with you, the people of George Street…

http://www.precinctgeorge.org/

 

Aquaponics Network Australia (ANA) tubbed fruit trees to grow in “bioganic earth”

Aquaponics Network Australia (ANA) tubbed fruit trees to grow in “bioganic earth”

Switched-on horticulturalists in Brisbane are now growing tubbed fruit trees in a new kind of created soil named “Bioganic Earth”.

Aquaponics Network Australia will soon be demonstrating such trees in backyard-style aquaponics teaching units at Carindale and Nerang in SE Queensland.

It is a “specialist growing medium” created by noted Brisbane horticulturalist, John Daly, of eCo-Environment.
John’s vastly superior growing media for tubbed plants is also used for green roofs or green walls.
It has better plant growing capacity than any other soil (natural or created). Engineered to hold maximum water, it provides all plant foods, and provides superior root zone aeration. Cost is only about $1/litre volume..
It even has microbes in it for all the symbiotic root-zone tasks from which a growing plant can benefit.
Indoor plants grown in the new media have added benefit in better absorption of harmful VOC’s (volatile organic compounds) coming from building materials in new homes or offices.

Professional trials have well shown superior growth and sustainability of plants in the new specialist growing media, compared with other soils or substrates.

G20 And Sustainable Urban Farming

Recently at the G20 I had the opportunity to represent the AGDF (Australian Green Development Forum) and talk about sustainable urban farming.

The AGDF has been in operation since 2002 and has become an important knowledge centre for sustainability and green professional development in Australia.

Our board is made up of representatives from BCC, University of Queensland and Griffith University, property developers, architects, town planners and Queensland government departments who are passionate about sustainable development.

We promote Positive Development and carbon positive development strategies following the principles developed by Professor Janis Birkeland, the author of Positive Development.

These principles encourage green walls , indoor air quality, urban food growing and an integrated vegetation approach to property development.

It was a great honour to be involved in such a level of talks and I look forward to sharing more on the nature of the talks.

John Daly G20

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