An eco-tourism plan that would position Ipswich as a sustainable destination for visitors and a ‘green lab’ for businesses and consumers took top honours at Ipswich City Council’s Sustainable Future Forum.
The event encouraged innovative ideas to help protect and enhance the Ipswich environment and the city’s liveability.
Held at Fire Station 101, it attracted eight teams with winners taking home part-time memberships from the Limestone Street innovation hub.
Ipswich Mayor Andrew Antoniolli said council would work with two winning teams while another would meet with council and Queensland Government representatives to discuss future options.
“Natasha Montesalio and Justin Cameron were one of our winning teams, pitching an opportunity for Ipswich to become an industry leader in green tourism,” Cr Antoniolli said.
“This would be a first for Queensland, working with Ipswich tourism operators to up-skill and create a sustainable destination.”
“Our other winner was Deborah Farrell, who presented the idea of a shared space where Ipswich businesses and ethical consumers could come together to work towards reducing their consumption and carbon footprint.
“Council and the State Government will also liaise with the team of Sharon Denny and Bruce Leslie as they continue to develop an opportunity to improve the health and surrounding environment of the Bremer River.”
Find out what other events are on at Fire Station 101.