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Meet USC graduate helping shape Moreton Bay region’s future

Posted: 1pm 10 Jul 2020

Mitch Tilly is turning to lessons learned in Nepal and India as part of his work on developments which will be “defining moments” in the history of Moreton Bay Region.

The USC graduate from Bribie Island is using his Bachelor of Urban Design and Town Planning (majoring in Sustainability and Society) at Moreton Bay Regional Council.

As an urban designer, he is working on two projects, researching and using site visits to come up with designs for future housing projects in the region.

Exciting times

“It is exciting to see so much development in the region, especially with such big catalyst projects coming online such as Caboolture West and the Petrie Mill site, which includes USC’s new Moreton Bay campus,” Mitch says.

“These developments will become defining moments in the region’s history.

“My USC degree helped me get to where I am today. The greatest learning opportunity was in my final-year trip to India and Nepal where I spent a month living and working in ‘slum’ communities with social enterprise Pollinate Group that provides solar lighting and water filtration to the communities.”

Mitch says development in the Moreton Bay Region offers many urban design opportunities, with the State Government driving urban growth targets, particularly in Caboolture West, which is expected to house 68,000 new residents over the next 40 years.

“It is now up to designers and practitioners from all development-related disciplines to work together to meet this target through revitalisation and consolidation development as well as the large-scale greenfield expansion sites,” he explains.

Solving problems

Mitch says while gaining his degree, he developed skills to face challenges, including critical thinking, communication and technical skills, problem-solving and knowing how to apply technologies to local and international contexts.

Mitch graduated with First Class Honours and a University Commendation for Academic Excellence with a Grade Point Average of 6.33 from a possible 7, and the USC Student Leadership Award. He also sat on committees, taking on an internship and attending industry seminars.

USC Australia has an online Open Day on Sunday, July 19. Prospective students can visit the website from 9.30am to 12.30pm to chat to staff and students about degrees and university life and watch presentations and virtual tours. To register, go to usc.edu.au/open-day

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