Collaborators Rodger Todd Architect
Wattle it Bri
Sunshine Coast, QLD
2023 AILA Landscape Architecture Award — Landscape Planning (QLD)
2023 PIA Award for Excellence – Strategic Planning Project (QLD)
The character assessment undertaken sits at the intersection of science and design. The nuanced understanding of ‘place and character’ presented in the Sunshine Coast Coastal Corridor is the result of a meticulous approach to character research on an extraordinary scale.
The Sunshine Coast Coastal Corridor (SCCC) Place and Character Resource provides a place-based assessment at the intersection of science and design, that will inform future planning, policy, public realm and infrastructure projects within the Corridor. The tool enables place-appropriate responses that reflect community values and aid the delivery of the established Sunshine Coast Design Strategy.
It uses a rigorous mapping process to document place-specific information regarding climate, ecology, water and culture, providing council with a profound understanding of the valuable characteristics of 12 unique localities along the ‘Coastal Corridor’. The resource identifies a series of ‘Priority Place Ideas’ which will support sustainable change amid significant growth.
The SCCC Place and Character Resource helps guide sustainable growth in the delivery of liveable and prosperous urban neighbourhoods within this 23km linear urban landscape. It works by:
Uncovering and documenting the individual place and community characteristics of 12 unique localities
Identifying spatial strategies and initiatives (‘ideas’) to protect, promote and enhance the character of these places as the region adapts to its growing community.
The team undertook a comprehensive, evidence-based character assessment of 12 unique localities along the SCCC to understand the valued characteristics of the area, and the threats posed by change. At the heart of the analysis were the four community values captured in the Sunshine Coast Design Strategy:
We love our climate
We live within and cherish our landscape
We treasure our ocean, beaches and waterways
We are a community of communities.
The project created a unique framework that used the Sunshine Coast Design Strategy’s four community values as foundations to organise and document analysis, ensuring the elements mapped and assessed reflected the things the community value most.
This pioneering application reorganised a typical site analysis process around community values. The innovative interpretation of quantitative data layered with qualitative assessment helped the team clearly define the physical and spatial manifestation of community values in place.
The assessment and ideas documented in the SCCC Place and Character Resource provide a foundational reference for design and policy development.
The project advances the ideas, recommendations and requirements established in Council’s statutory and strategic guiding documents; and defines a way for Council to manage sustainable growth and development, prioritising considerations of climate, ecology, water and culture – as drivers of design aligned to community values.
The work’s strength is its ability to succinctly summarise the unique and valued characteristics of each locality, highlighting opportunities to protect, improve, inform and inspire future plans and character outcomes. This is evident in the document’s current use by council, where the content is being continually tested and advanced, informing future projects, planning outcomes and potential policy for the Coastal Corridor.
We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia, their Elders and ancestors. We recognise the rich heritage and profound connection to Country of First Peoples, including their influence on land, waters, sky and community as skilled land shapers and place makers, which has endured for millennia.
In the spirit of reconciliation, Tract acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to land, sea, community and culture. We pay our respect to their elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.
This mode enables people with epilepsy to use the website safely by eliminating the risk of seizures that result from flashing or blinking animations and risky color combinations.
Visually Impaired Mode
Improves website's visuals
This mode adjusts the website for the convenience of users with visual impairments such as Degrading Eyesight, Tunnel Vision, Cataract, Glaucoma, and others.
Cognitive Disability Mode
Helps to focus on specific content
This mode provides different assistive options to help users with cognitive impairments such as Dyslexia, Autism, CVA, and others, to focus on the essential elements of the website more easily.
ADHD Friendly Mode
Reduces distractions and improve focus
This mode helps users with ADHD and Neurodevelopmental disorders to read, browse, and focus on the main website elements more easily while significantly reducing distractions.
Allows using the site with your screen-reader
This mode configures the website to be compatible with screen-readers such as JAWS, NVDA, VoiceOver, and TalkBack. A screen-reader is software for blind users that is installed on a computer and smartphone, and websites must be compatible with it.
Visually Pleasing Experience
Big Dark Cursor
Big Light Cursor
tract.com.au December 2023
We firmly believe that the Internet should be available and accessible to anyone, and are committed to providing a website that is accessible to the widest possible audience, regardless of circumstance and ability.
To fulfill this, we aim to adhere as strictly as possible to the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 (WCAG 2.1) at the AA level. These guidelines explain how to make web content accessible to people with a wide array of disabilities. Complying with those guidelines helps us ensure that the website is accessible to all people: blind people, people with motor impairments, visual impairment, cognitive disabilities, and more.
This website utilises various technologies that are meant to make it as accessible as possible at all times. We utilise an accessibility interface that allows persons with specific disabilities to adjust the website’s UI (user interface) and design it to their personal needs.
Additionally, the website utilises an AI-based application that runs in the background and optimizes its accessibility level constantly. This application remediates the website’s HTML, adapts Its functionality and behavior for screen-readers used by the blind users, and for keyboard functions used by individuals with motor impairments.
If yo’ve found a malfunction or have ideas for improvement, we’ll be happy to hear from you. You can reach out to the website’s operators by using the following email email@example.com
Screen-reader and keyboard navigation
Our website implements the ARIA attributes (Accessible Rich Internet Applications) technique, alongside various different behavioral changes, to ensure blind users visiting with screen-readers are able to read, comprehend, and enjoy the website’s functions. As soon as a user with a screen-reader enters your site, they immediately receive a prompt to enter the Screen-Reader Profile so they can browse and operate your site effectively. Here’s how our website covers some of the most important screen-reader requirements, alongside console screenshots of code examples:
Screen-reader optimisation: we run a background process that learns the website’s components from top to bottom, to ensure ongoing compliance even when updating the website. In this process, we provide screen-readers with meaningful data using the ARIA set of attributes. For example, we provide accurate form labels; descriptions for actionable icons (social media icons, search icons, cart icons, etc.); validation guidance for form inputs; element roles such as buttons, menus, modal dialogues (popups), and others. Additionally, the background process scans all of the website’s images and provides an accurate and meaningful image-object-recognition-based description as an ALT (alternate text) tag for images that are not described. It will also extract texts that are embedded within the image, using an OCR (optical character recognition) technology. To turn on screen-reader adjustments at any time, users need only to press the Alt+1 keyboard combination. Screen-reader users also get automatic announcements to turn the Screen-reader mode on as soon as they enter the website.
These adjustments are compatible with all popular screen readers, including JAWS and NVDA.
Users can also use shortcuts such as “M” (menus), “H” (headings), “F” (forms), “B” (buttons), and “G” (graphics) to jump to specific elements.
Disability profiles supported in our website
Epilepsy Safe Mode – this profile enables people with epilepsy to use the website safely by eliminating the risk of seizures that result from flashing or blinking animations and risky colour combinations.
Visually Impaired Mode – this mode adjusts the website for the convenience of users with visual impairments such as Degrading Eyesight, Tunnel Vision, Cataract, Glaucoma, and others.
Cognitive Disability Mode – this mode provides different assistive options to help users with cognitive impairments such as Dyslexia, Autism, CVA, and others, to focus on the essential elements of the website more easily.
ADHD Friendly Mode – this mode helps users with ADHD and Neurodevelopmental disorders to read, browse, and focus on the main website elements more easily while significantly reducing distractions.
Blindness Mode – this mode configures the website to be compatible with screen-readers such as JAWS, NVDA, VoiceOver, and TalkBack. A screen-reader is software for blind users that is installed on a computer and smartphone, and websites must be compatible with it.
Keyboard Navigation Profile (Motor-Impaired) – this profile enables motor-impaired persons to operate the website using the keyboard Tab, Shift+Tab, and the Enter keys. Users can also use shortcuts such as “M” (menus), “H” (headings), “F” (forms), “B” (buttons), and “G” (graphics) to jump to specific elements.
Additional UI, design, and readability adjustments
Font adjustments – users, can increase and decrease its size, change its family (type), adjust the spacing, alignment, line height, and more.
Colour adjustments – users can select various colour contrast profiles such as light, dark, inverted, and monochrome. Additionally, users can swap colour schemes of titles, texts, and backgrounds, with over 7 different colouring options.
Animations – epileptic users can stop all running animations with the click of a button. Animations controlled by the interface include videos, GIFs, and CSS flashing transitions.
Content highlighting – users can choose to emphasise important elements such as links and titles. They can also choose to highlight focused or hovered elements only.
Audio muting – users with hearing devices may experience headaches or other issues due to automatic audio playing. This option lets users mute the entire website instantly.
Cognitive disorders – we utilise a search engine that is linked to Wikipedia and Wiktionary, allowing people with cognitive disorders to decipher meanings of phrases, initials, slang, and others.
Additional functions – we provide users the option to change cursor colour and size, use a printing mode, enable a virtual keyboard, and many other functions.
Browser and assistive technology compatibility
We aim to support the widest array of browsers and assistive technologies as possible, so our users can choose the best fitting tools for them, with as few limitations as possible. Therefore, we have worked very hard to be able to support all major systems that comprise over 95% of the user market share including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Opera and Microsoft Edge, JAWS and NVDA (screen readers), both for Windows and for MAC users.
Notes, comments, and feedback
Despite our very best efforts to allow anybody to adjust the website to their needs, there may still be pages or sections that are not fully accessible, are in the process of becoming accessible, or are lacking an adequate technological solution to make them accessible. Still, we are continually improving our accessibility, adding, updating and improving its options and features, and developing and adopting new technologies. All this is meant to reach the optimal level of accessibility, following technological advancements. For any assistance, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org