Nothing can truly come close to the city of Brisbane, especially in terms of progress. As the city known for its warm weather, friendly people and its bustling streets filled to the brim with art, culture and everything ‘new’, it is of little wonder why no one is immune to its suave and downright jovial charm.
And how is such a prosperous city possible? Well, it is simple when considering the great things Brisbane City is known for, especially as the city which hosted the 2014 G20 Leaders’ Summit and is the epicenter for most business happenings in Queensland. But even with all that, the success of Brisbane City would not be possible without the thousands of dedicated Queenslanders working in unison for a better Brisbane.
Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Graham Quirk, and his team (Team Quirk) are deeply devoted to the progress and betterment of Brisbane City as not only the core of business and development within Brisbane, but as a city no longer in the shadows of Sydney and Melbourne. Appointed as Lord Mayor of Brisbane in April 2011 and elected as Lord Mayor in 2012, Graham Quirk is known for his tenacity in making the lives of the people of Brisbane better, brighter and a little closer to Brisbane’s famous weather — sunny and cheerful.
Throughout his extensive career, Cnr Quirk has made numerous positive changes within Brisbane from easing traffic congestion with major infrastructure projects, to enhancing Brisbane’s capacity for long-term economic growth.
A $1.54 billion high frequency subway system has been proposed by Lord Mayor Graham Quirk, as part of his March 19 election commitments, as a solution to ease Brisbane’s inner city bus network congestion.
In the Brisbane City Council’s annual report, Cnr Quirk stated that the Brisbane City Council’s key focus is “growing business opportunities and securing a robust economy while maintaining our enviable quality of life.” The completion of the $1.5 billion Legacy Way tunnel, which opened in June, including the 10-acre (4 ha) expansion of the Brisbane Botanic Gardens at Mt Coot-tha were some of the most noteworthy developments implemented by the Brisbane City Council last year.
Recently, Cnr Quirk has pledged to build new fountains at King George Square, Dowse Lagoon at Sandgate and the lake at Forest Lake as part of a $6 million dollar election pledge. He has also made plans for a $2 million dollar river-based fountain near the Victoria bridge, which will be built later this year from money allocated in last year’s budget to go along with his recently announced new election policy of CityCat express services which will ferry passengers from Teneriffe and University of Queensland into Brisbane City.
And recently, Lord Mayor Announces New Innovation Hub To Support Brisbane Start-ups. This will be a great news for all those young minds planning for a start-up in Brisbane.
Brisbane City’s Economic Development
Brisbane is quickly building its reputation as Australia’s New World City, boasting an economy of $146 billion. Brisbane’s thriving economy is driving continued population growth in the region with the Greater Brisbane population growing an average of 1.9 per cent per year, as was the case between 2011 and 2014.
The Brisbane City Council’s 2022 New World City Action Plan was one of the highlights of last year, which targeted education, manufacturing and tourism. The plan contains more than 100 recommendations for economic growth and will create jobs for new workers in the coming years. The plan utilises global networks generated by the G20 Leaders’ Summit and Brisbane Global Cafe.
As well as business opportunities, Brisbane City has become a thriving multicultural city with almost 30 per cent of Brisbane residents born overseas along with more than 20 per cent of households speaking two or more languages at home. These figures are also expected to rise.
Brisbane City’s future
The current long-term goal of the Brisbane City Council is to ensure Brisbane City “has a distinct subtropical character, is well-designed, economically prosperous and efficiently serviced.” According to the Brisbane City Council’s annual report, their Future Brisbane program will help enhance lifestyle opportunities by protecting heritage and character buildings, parks and the natural environment.
Plans for an additional 156,000 new dwellings by 2031 have also been implemented, including a current Brisbane Economic Development Plan, which sets out the priorities and actions required to support Brisbane’s economic development in 2031.
The main focus for Brisbane City Council at this current point in time is to develop Brisbane City and eventually have it be recognised internationally as a ‘New World City’, which are often characterised as affordable, midsize, having low congestion, efficient infrastructure and other relevant traits.
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