One Brisbane many cultures

As a city with a quarter 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

Brisbane is a safe, vibrant and green city – and it keeps getting better.

Council is growing your Brisbane lifestyle with better roads and public transport, including Brisbane Metro and new double-decker CityCats, as well as small business initiatives, a first home buyer rates discount and free seniors off-peak travel.

Five new green bridges will make it even easier to get around our city using public transport, or by bike or on foot.

We are preserving our unique suburbs through neighbourhood planning, but also revitalising them with Village Precinct Projects and upgrades to libraries, parks and pools. We are also planning for Brisbane’s biggest new park, Victoria Park.

It’s all part of our plan to make the Brisbane of tomorrow even better than the Brisbane of today.

Adrian Schrinner

Countdown to Christmas

Brisbane is aglow with festive cheer in December, with a four-week program of free Christmas celebrations across the city and the parklands.

A delight for all ages, the Christmas Parade will make its way through Queen Street Mall nightly at 7pm (13-22 December). Follow the elves to King George Square, home to our glittering 22-metre Christmas tree, and watch the Gold Lotto City Hall Lights Christmas animation projected onto City Hall every 15 minutes, starting at 7.30pm (6-24 December).

Don’t miss The Enchanted Garden display in Roma Street Parkland (29 November to 13 December) or Christmas in South Bank Parklands (20-23 December), where you'll find more lighting displays and the nightly Carols Extravaganza and Fireworks Spectacular.

For the full Christmas in Brisbane program, visit

Congratulations to our winners!

More than 450 business leaders came together for the 2019 Lord Mayor’s Multicultural Business Dinner and Awards in October.

Pianist Vian Lin was named Young Business Person of the Year. Vian, who was born in China, is director and owner of Harmonie Music Centre and Harmonie International in Runcorn, which specialise in music education and therapy, as well as promoting local and international musicians.

The Multicultural Business Person of the Year Award went to Päivi Piotto, owner and designer at Janie Collins Interiors in Red Hill. Päivi, who is from Finland, started as marketing manager at Janie Collins Interiors before buying the company in 2017.

Nigel Heyn was named Multicultural Entrepreneur of the Year. Nigel grew up in Sri Lanka and followed in his father’s footsteps to pursue a career in technology. He founded REDD Digital, based in Toowong, in 2016.

10 ways we' re making Brisbane better

Brisbane is a great place to live, work and relax – and we’re making it even better with projects that will bring more life to the suburbs, make it easier for you to get around our city and ease cost of living pressures.

  1. A high-capacity, high-frequency Metro with peak services every three minutes, leaving more available buses for the suburbs and less bus congestion in the city.
  2. Double-decker CityCats with more space, better views and USB charging points.
  3. Brisbane’s biggest new park will have something for everybody, with a uniquely Brisbane Victoria Park Vision to be released soon.
  4. Five new green bridges being planned with your feedback to make it easier to get around using public transport, by bike or on foot.
  5. Free off-peak travel for senior go card holders on Council buses, CityCats and ferries in weekday off-peak times, and on buses all day and night on weekends.
  6. First home buyer 50% rates discount, helping first home owners save up to $1000. There’s also a range of rates remissions available to pensioners, part pensioners and not-for-profit organisations.
  7. Building Australia’s most small business-friendly city with new business workshops, networking events and $2 million in cuts to small business fees and charges.
  8. Revitalising village shopping precincts, including renewal projects in Aspley, Darra, Carina, Seven Hills and Sunnybank.
  9. Investing in better suburbs by dedicating $550,000 each year for the next four years to enhance employment, leisure and retail opportunities.
  10. Thousands of markets, festivals and events that we’re supporting each year, including outdoor cinemas in the suburbs.

Visit our website and search ‘Brisbetter’ to read more about things to see, do and look forward to near you.

BrisAsia is back in 2020

The BrisAsia Festival celebrates the best of contemporary and traditional Asian arts and culture, giving you the opportunity to explore the flavours, sights and sounds of Brisbane’s diverse Asian cultures.

Kick off the Year of the Rat at events in Sunnybank (22-26 January) and Queen Street Mall (24-25 January). Attended by hundreds of people each year, the Lunar New Year festivities in Chinatown Mall is a two-day program of traditional Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese cultural performances and market stalls (1-2 February).

For music and dance, see the premiere of The Love Inn at The Block in QUT Kelvin Grove (14 February) or head to the Asian pop-culture summer party at Reddacliff Place in Brisbane City (22 February).

Visit our website for the full BrisAsia Festival program.


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Last updated:7 January 2020