It's your Neighbourhood - video transcript
Narrator: As a resident of Brisbane, we want you to feel at home. And the best way to do this is to get involved with your local community. Take part in local events, and find opportunities to increase your physical fitness, mental health and emotional well-being. By working together, we can build the future of Brisbane as a vibrant cultural city, with active connected communities that are inclusive, caring and safe.
You can get involved in your local area by having your say on Neighbourhood Plans. This is where the community works together to decide what Brisbane will be like in 10 years. Visit our website to read Council’s current Neighbourhood Plans, join in a discussion forum, or make a submission.
Another way you can make a difference is by getting involved with volunteer conservation agencies. Help your community restore natural habitats in parks, bushland, wetlands and waterways through the Habitat Brisbane program. Or you can join your local creek and catchment community group, and help take care of Brisbane’s thirteen and a half thousand square kilometres of land bounded by natural features.
If you are buying property in Brisbane, Council’s online service can help you with property, planning and development information specific to Brisbane. You can also lodge searches online and order building plans for certain properties. If you’re planning to add a pool or deck, subdivide a property or undertake any other building or renovation project in Brisbane, you’ll need to get development approvals from Council. We can also help you with various searches, plumbing and drainage applications, as well as fencing information.
If you have pets, you may need to have a permit. Brisbane has regulations in place for breeding animals, operating pet shops and keeping most types of domestic animals and poultry. Pet owners are also encouraged to desex their animals, while registration requirements for cats and dogs include microchipping and tattooing of desexed animals. All pet owners need to follow pet ownership laws to ensure pets and animals don’t become a nuisance to the community and our native wildlife. Pet owners are also responsible for cleaning up after their animals, so remember to please be vigilant when you are taking your pet for a walk.
The most important thing you can do to stay involved with your community is to keep your family safe. We offer programs that help protect citizens from natural disasters such as fires, storms and floods. The Brisbane Early Warning Alert Service allows residents to receive urgent weather alerts via email, SMS and home phone. Council also provides helpful information on our website about what to do in case of a natural disaster event.
Remember, when you get involved in your local community, you help to create a bright future for all Brisbane residents.