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Awarded for service to community, environment, local government and planning, architecture and engineering
Born: 15 November 1949 - Wolverhampton, England
Entered on roll: 2019
Urban designer Carole Edwards enhanced public places, presented heritage and protected many areas.
Carole was the Hobart City Council’s Urban Designer from 1993 to 2011. She played a key role in transforming Hobart by overseeing the redevelopment of the central business district (CBD), North Hobart’s streetscape in Elizabeth Street and many other public areas.
Transforming Hobart’s CBD was a major capital works project in the 1990s, resulting in the city centre becoming accessible with wider pavements, new lighting, seating, planting and the showcasing of Tasmanian artists. The art included identifying the Hobart Rivulet passing underneath the city, decorative windshields in the Hobart Mall and fun pieces such as the “fish out of water” drinking fountain. Carole promoted Hobart’s heritage by installing signage, low walls with fencing, selecting light poles, telling the stories of buildings and presenting vistas from earlier times.
Carole’s urban design work on North Hobart’s business area was significant and has been transformed in the last 30 years. In 1998, Carole project managed the development of a new streetscape that included new footpath treatments, artwork, lighting and trees for this now vibrant precinct.
In 2009, Carole was highly instrumental in a project commemorating the life and times of actor Errol Flynn. Carole designed a street plaque at the State Cinema, in North Hobart, which was unveiled during Flynn’s 100th birthday celebrations.
From 2013 to 2017, Carole was a dedicated team member of the Footsteps towards Freedom project, which commissioned sculptures representing the arrival of 13,000 women convicts and 2,000 children. Carole’s understanding of local government and public art was important for locating the sculptures in Hunter Street, Hobart.
Natural environments are also valued by Carole, who was the Rosny Montagu Bay Landcare and Coastcare Group’s convenor from 1992 to 2010. In 2009, the Landcare group won a Tasmanian Landcare Award.
Carole was also a member of Kangaroo Bay Rotary Club from 2004 to 2013. As Community Director, she organised two mental health forums and organised the installation of seating around the Rosny foreshore.