Brisbane’s economy is on the mend, with the return of people to the workplace boosting pedestrian traffic and increasing spending in dining and retail precincts. Support from the Economic Recovery Taskforce coupled with a strong buy local campaign have helped our business community to survive and thrive, but there is still a long way to go.
In 2021 the Economic Recovery Taskforce remains committed to finding ways to create local jobs and supplier opportunities, and supporting local businesses doing it tough.
We are revitalising suburban shopping precincts, with seven Village Precinct Projects completed already, including Aspley, Carina and Darra, and two more in the pipeline. We have also released the Local Retail Activation Toolkit to help suburban business precincts enhance their customer appeal.
This year we’ll continue investing in projects to improve connectivity between the suburbs, the CBD and our lifestyle and entertainment precincts, including Brisbane Metro, the Green Bridges program and new ferry terminals for South Bank and Howard Smith Wharves.
We’re also launching two suburban business hubs, providing dedicated spaces for local business owners to connect and learn about Council’s business-related resources and programs. For updates on our economic recovery initiatives, visit support for Brisbane businesses.
This article was originally published in the February-March 2021 edition of the Business in Brisbane publication. Read the full newsletter.