By 2029 Brisbane will be a city for everybody - known worldwide for embracing all ages, abilities and cultures.
Council acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land which is now known as Brisbane. Council also pays respect to Elders past and present, and the broader Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community of Brisbane.
Lord Mayor's message
Brisbane City Council is committed to growing your Brisbane lifestyle – regardless of your age, ability or background – so you can do more of what you love and connect with the people and places that make our city great. A liveable city is more than just generous green spaces, a robust economy and improved roads – it’s a place where people feel they belong.
Together we’ve achieved a lot, but there’s more to be done. The A City for Everyone: Draft Inclusive Brisbane Plan 2019-2029 (draft plan) delivers on my Administration’s commitment towards an accessible and connected city. In addition to Council’s role, the draft plan suggests how community partners, local businesses and private industry can be involved in ensuring our city is inclusive.
In 2012, I launched Council’s first Brisbane Access and Inclusion Plan 2012-2017 and Seniors’ Strategy 2012-2017, which have improved the quality of life of many residents. Council has invested $200 million in implementing these plans and, in 2017, 80% of residents agreed that Brisbane was a more inclusive and accessible city (up from 61% in previous years).
Our 100% wheelchair and pram accessible bus and CityCat fleet has meant people of all abilities can now use our public transport.
More than 40 all-abilities playgrounds enable all children to play together. Our ongoing commitment to enhancing pools, community halls and libraries has welcomed residents and visitors of all ages to take advantage of learning and recreation opportunities.
I’m also particularly proud of Council’s ongoing support of 127 community groups, who have shared in more than $3.9 million in funds to improve accessibility since 2012.
While residents are better able to participate in their local communities than ever before, our city continues to change. Ten years ago, one-in-six residents were over the age of 60 and by 2029 it’s expected to be one-in-five. In 2008, one-in-four residents were born overseas and in 2016 it was one-in-three. Currently, one-in-five of us will experience disability in our lifetime and this generally increases as our population ages. These changes bring great opportunities to learn from older residents, benefit from diverse experiences and abilities, and celebrate cultures that collectively make our city unique.
Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the development of this exciting draft plan. I encourage all residents to share their thoughts on the ideas it contains to contribute to Brisbane’s future as an inclusive, welcoming city.