Geography / Year 7 / Geographical Knowledge and Understanding / Unit 2: Place and liveability

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Curriculum content descriptions

Strategies used to enhance the liveability of places, especially for young people, including examples from Australia and Europe (ACHGK047)

Elaborations
  • researching methods implemented in Australia and Europe to improve the liveability of a place, and evaluating their applicability to their own locality
  • developing a specific proposal to improve an aspect of the liveability of their place, taking into account the needs of diverse groups in the community, including young people (for example, through fieldwork in the local recreation area) or traditional owners (for example, developing bilingual signage or Indigenous garden projects in the local area)
  • discussing the impact of housing density on the liveability of places
  • examining whether liveability and environmental sustainability can be enhanced at the same time
General capabilities
  • Numeracy Numeracy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural understanding
  • Personal and social capability Personal and social capability
ScOT terms

Europe,  Australia,  Urban planning,  Wellbeing,  Youth,  Young adults,  Recreational facilities

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Poverty and urbanisation

This is a compilation of five teaching sequences about patterns of urbanisation around the world. It includes sections on poverty and wealth and how this affects where people live, correlations between the wealth of countries and urbanisation, living conditions in a range of urban locations, and the issues that impact on ...

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Wild backyards: plan a study

This is a web page produced by the Queensland Museum about how to plan a biodiversity assessment within a school or local community, which includes an embedded 4-minute introductory video. The video is supported by links to a transcript of the video, a Backyard explorer leader's guide, a Backyard explorer user's guide, ...

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Liveability and sustainable living - teacher resource

This resource for teachers is a series of 12 activities in three parts that can be used to support the year 7 geography unit, Place and liveability. Each part includes several detailed activities relevant to exploring different aspects of liveability. These include: investigating local qualities of liveability, making comparisons ...

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Sustainability action process: Kitchen gardens (Years 7–10)

This resource guides students through an extended school-based or local investigation focussed on kitchen gardens using the five-step sustainability action process. The resource supports the investigation of a real-world issue or problem. Students develop and implement a chosen sustainability action and then evaluate and ...

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Sustainable communities

This is a multimedia professional learning module for primary and secondary teachers about building a sustainable future at the local level. It focuses on four main activities: investigating the urban transformation; reviewing and reporting on sustainable community indicators; analysing four community case studies; and ...

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Laptop wrap – improving liveability

A page with a focus on using geographical data to plan for future community needs, with supporting activities and links to resources.

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Refugees welcome here

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Now you're cooking with biogas!

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Case studies in urban design

This is a rich, multilayered resource that presents six case studies demonstrating the 12 principles of the Urban design protocol designed for Australian cities. The case studies include: a mixed use precinct in Darling Harbour; regeneration plans for Parramatta; reservoir gardens in Paddington; a youth activities area ...

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Design principles about place: productivity and sustainability

This is a multilayered resource that presents the 12 design principles of the Urban design protocol for Australian cities. The principles are presented in three sections and link to important information about the attributes of each of the principles. The principles about place are enhancing, connected, diverse and enduring ...

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Field of dreams

Welcome to the outer suburbs of Perth, where blocks are abundant but sports fields are in short supply. Australians love their sport and like to be active but what happens if you live in a place with few places to play? You'd be competing for space with every other sports lover in your neighbourhood!

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Disability Rights, Accessibility and Liveability

This is a unit of work about disability rights, accessibility and liveability. It explores: liveable communities for diverse groups of people; assessing liveability of a local places for people with disabilities; disability rights and accessibility; and accessible transport services. The resource includes: an introduction; ...

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House that follows the sun

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Homeowners going solar

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Why locals love living in Kenilworth

Kenilworth is a small town in rural Queensland with a close-knit community that takes great pride in their town's history and connectedness. In this clip you will hear long-standing locals, as well as a newcomer, describe the relaxed lifestyle, local businesses, attractions and history of Kenilworth.

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Protocol framework for urban design

This is a rich resource about the Urban design protocol for Australian cities. The resource describes the protocol, including the aims, the five pillars on which it is founded, and how the protocol relates to the National urban policy goals and objectives of productivity, sustainability, liveability and governance. The ...

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A smarter future car

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A growing community

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Creating effective shade

This interactive tool designed to help assess the quality and need for shade at various sites within a location. It has an introduction providing information about why shade is important; and an audit tool to assess shade needs. Users are guided through the process and upload images of the sites in order to create a record ...

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In step with urban planning

Perth is reputed to be one of the world's most isolated cities. But it's also known for its urban sprawl. The demand for large blocks and low density has fuelled constant growth. Now one study has revealed that better-designed walkable suburbs might help to slow both urban and human sprawl.

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Where do we build next?

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Outback nurse

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Sydney slips in world cities rankings, 2012

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GeogSpace: year 7 - exemplar

This is a web page consisting of an overview and five illustrations of practice on the GeogSpace website, a resource for teachers. The illustrations relate to the Geographical Knowledge and Understanding, and the Geographical inquiry and Skills strands of the Australian Curriculum: Geography. The five illustrations investigate ...

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Population pressures in coastal towns

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A city without a heart?

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Bike use in Europe is streets ahead

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If you build it, they will come

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Highway or floodway?

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Renovate or detonate?

In this clip from 1992, we meet a group of architects pushing for Sydney to improve its liveability. But we also hear from a developer who might have a different idea about what should lie at the heart of the city. A key point of conflict emerges over what to do with Sydney's older buildings.