One Brisbane many cultures

As a city with nearly a third of its population born overseas and more than 22 per cent of households speaking a language other than English, Brisbane is a truly multicultural city. Brisbane City Council has developed the One Brisbane many cultures newsletter, a quarterly publication in ten languages including English, to provide a snapshot of key Council initiatives and city wide events. Council actively leads, advocates and promotes Brisbane as an inclusive city and encourages communities from diverse cultural backgrounds to participate in its programs and enjoy the activities that the city offers.

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A message from Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner

As we approach the end of 2020, I am extremely proud of the resilience and community spirit shown by the people of Brisbane, local businesses and Council in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

I am also proud of Council’s commitment to projects that will future-proof our city and pave the way for our economic recovery, including Brisbane Metro and the new green bridges.

We completed the Kingsford Smith Drive upgrade under budget this year, and we’re giving $15 million in savings back to ratepayers through a one-off rebate of almost $30 on rate notices for the third quarter of 2020-21.

We have achieved a lot in 2020 and we will continue to make the Brisbane of tomorrow even better than the Brisbane of today.

Adrian Schrinner
LORD MAYOR

Celebrating local business leaders

Three of Brisbane’s inspirational business leaders were recognised for their contributions to our city's economy at the 2020 Lord Mayor’s Multicultural Business Dinner and Awards in November.

Nick Xynias Multicultural Young Business Person of the Year – Aishwarya Somal

Director of Emerson Family Pty Ltd, Aishwarya specialises in Family Law and migration.

Multicultural Entrepreneur of the Year – Peter Marinos

Peter launched Big Michael’s Fruit and Vegetables in 2009, and is dedicated to supplying quality produce to businesses citywide.

Multicultural Business Person of the Year – Canio Muscillo

A renowned business advisor, Canio co-founded Muscillo Romano in 2007. The Brisbane-based accounting firm helps business owners achieve their full potential and financial success.

Visit our Doing Business in Brisbane page for more information on how we're supporting businesses in Brisbane.

Christmas fun in Brisbane

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, with our 22-metre tree already lighting up King George Square.

Head into the city for a special Christmas photo, and while you’re there, watch the colourful animation display projected onto City Hall by the Gold Lotto City Hall Lights, every 15 minutes from 7.30pm to midnight.

Christmas shopping in the city? Take a break to enjoy the Christmas on Queen live performances, 11am-2pm and 5-8pm.

You’ll find more festive fun in South Bank from 18-23 December, including Christmas Tree Spectacular, a show filled with song, dance and circus acts. There will also be kids’ craft, photos with Santa, live music and the Christmas Cinema.

Visit the Christmas in Brisbane website for more information.

7 ways we’re making Brisbane better

From Brisbane’s Economic Recovery Plan to major projects that support our city’s recovery and growth, we’re always working towards a better Brisbane.

  1. Moving forward with Brisbane Metro, a greater transport network providing frequent, convenient and reliable services, generating 2600 jobs throughout design and construction.
  2. Fast-tracking new green bridges to give you more ways to get around our River City by bike, foot or public transport.
  3. Planning a new inner-city sanctuary with the release of the final Victoria Park Vision.
  4. Backing Brisbane by delivering financial relief for businesses, ratepayers and community groups through the Brisbane Business Hub and more.
  5. Making it easier for first home buyers who build or buy a newly constructed home with a 100% rates rebate for the first 12 months.
  6. Completing major road projects such as Kingsford Smith Drive and Wynnum Road, which delivered thousands of jobs.
  7. Enhancing our ferry fleet with another double-decker CityCat and five new KittyCats to keep Brisbane’s river transport flowing.

Stay and play this summer

From taking a dip at South Bank’s famous city beach to soaking up panoramic views from the Mt Coot-tha summit, there are so many ways to play tourist in Brisbane.

For a fun day out with family or friends, hop aboard one our CityCats or KittyCats for a river adventure or take the ferry to Moreton Island for snorkelling.

Want to stay closer to home? Visit our Brisbetter Explore page, where we put the spotlight on the local businesses and precincts that make Brisbane better.

Whether you want to eat, shop or explore, our videos and blogs will inspire a great day out. There’s so much to love about the businesses and places that make our city great.

Brisbane Business Hub now open

The new Brisbane Business Hub has opened to support local businesses to recover from the economic impact of COVID-19.

Delivered on behalf of Council by the Brisbane Economic Development Agency, the hub offers workshops, mentoring, events, resources and online learning to help you sustain and grow your business.

Visit the Brisbane Business hub at Level 2, 155 Queen Street, Brisbane City, or on the Brisbane Business Hub website.

Events

Developments with coronavirus may impact events. Please confirm with organisers that events are still going ahead before you make plans.

  • Chanukah in the City – 13 December – celebrate with live shows, a giant menorah lighting and more, Reddacliffe Place, Brisbane City, 4-8pm, free.
  • Christmas Tree Spectacular – 18-23 December – laugh, sing and get into the festive spirit, 5.30pm and 7.30pm, free.
  • Christmas Cinema – 18-23 December – watch movies by the river, River Quay Green, South Bank Parklands, 6pm, free.
  • Christmas Putt Putt – until 31 December – play in a festive wonderland, Victoria Park, 6am-11pm, various prices.
  • BrisAsia Festival 2021 – 1-28 February – celebrate Lunar New Year and explore our city’s rich cultural diversity with Asian dance, visual arts, food, music, film and more.

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Last updated: 7 December 2020