Implementation of the Smart Communities development model is occurring through focused interaction with hospitals, local councils, universities and other state and federal government agencies.
Smart Community planning is being progressed at the following three sites:
The Herston Health Precinct accommodates over 11 000 people daily. This includes a mix of students, administrative staff, academics, researchers and clinicians. This critical mass of highly educated and skilled individuals represents an enormous concentration of economic worth and activity to the state.
The Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital is located two kilometres from the Brisbane CBD on a 17.7 hectare site at Herston. It is the largest tertiary referral hospital in Queensland and provides services to patients throughout the state as well as northern New South Wales, the Northern Territory and neighbouring countries in the south-west Pacific. The hospital has 987 beds and is also a tertiary referral teaching hospital.
The Herston Health Precinct hosts a diverse range of other institutions, including the University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research, which houses approximately 300 researchers, and the Queensland Institute of Medical Research which houses approximately 600 researchers and 100 students with an expansion underway to accommodate an additional 400 researchers.
Located on the western border is the University of Queensland’s School of Medicine, School of Population Health and the Oral Health Centre (under construction). These schools currently accommodate 2000 students with an expected additional 371 upon completion of the Oral Health Centre.
The Herston Health Precinct also has a relationship to other significant urban elements including:
• Bowen Hills Urban Development Area (including the RNA Showground redevelopment)
• Victoria Park
• Kelvin Grove Urban Village.
The Dutton Park Precinct accommodates over 7000 people daily. This includes a mix of students, administrative staff, academics, researchers and clinicians. This community of highly educated and skilled individuals represents a significant concentration of economic worth and activity to the state and is a solid foundation on which to develop an international renowned research, education and clinical community.
Within the precinct are the Princess Alexandra Hospital Health (PAH), the Translational Research Institute (TRI) and the Ecosciences Precinct.
The PAH is a 780 bed tertiary hospital employing 5800 full-time equivalent staff, with a catchment area of approximately 1.6 million people. The PAH campus hosts a diverse range of other institutions, principally the Pharmacy Australia Centre of Excellence, which houses 90 researchers, 100 post graduate students.
The TRI is part of a transition to the development of a research/education/clinical rich community which will house 700 researchers upon completion.
The Ecosciences Precinct houses around 1000 Queensland Government and Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) staff and consists of offices and staff support areas, a café, an education centre, workshops, laboratories, insect houses, glasshouses and greenhouses. It is part of the larger Boggo Road Urban Village development, a 9.5 hectare master planned mixed use development comprising residential, retail, commercial, environmental research and recreational facilities, together with fully integrated public transport.
The Dutton Park Precinct has a relationship to other significant urban developments including:
• Mater Hill Precinct
• University of Queensland St Lucia
• Woolloongabba Urban Development Area
• Cross River Rail.
The Douglas Knowledge Precinct comprises of the Townsville Hospital and James Cook University Townsville campus. It houses approximately 3000 people daily and has the potential to become a precinct focused on global health issues, particularly those associated with tropical diseases.
James Cook University is also the home of the new Australian Tropical Science and Innovation Precinct. The centre will grow Queensland's research and development capacity and will act as a centre of excellence in tropical science to address the issues affecting people living in the tropics and export this research and knowledge to developing tropical countries.
Townsville has the world's largest concentration of tropical marine scientists at facilities such as the Australian Institute of Marine Science, CSIRO, and the Marine and Tropical Science Research Facility.