2.3 Appreciating the benefits of civic infrastructure | Brisbane City Council

2.3 Appreciating the benefits of civic infrastructure

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Table of contents

1. Pedestrian mobility and transport

1.1 Walking, wheeling and driving safely around Brisbane

1.2 Catching public transport

2. Planning, development and infrastructure

2.1 Being actively engaged in planning an accessible city

2.2 Enjoying a well-designed built environment

2.3 Appreciating the benefits of civic infrastructure

3. Public buildings, venues and outdoor spaces

3.1 Public buildings that make you feel welcome

3.2 People friendly public spaces

3.3 Local meeting places where you can connect with your community

3.4 Parks and natural areas where you enjoy the great outdoors

4.Vibrant, informed and caring communities

4.1 Experiencing the support of inclusive, safe and diverse communities

4.2 Enjoying Brisbane's vibrant arts and culture scene

4.3 Staying active and healthy

4.4 Using libraries for lifelong learning

4.5 Adopting a more sustainable lifestyle

5. Your Council, working with you

5.1 Being an active citizen in an inclusive democracy

5.2 Having a say on the work we do that matters to you

5.3 Communicating and doing business with us

5.4 Understanding how local laws, rules and procedures relate to you

5.5 Keeping Brisbane clean, recycling waste and breathing clean air

5.6 Working in a disability confident organisation

5.7 Knowing your rates are paying for accessible services

Council has made a priority of ensuring that appropriate infrastructure projects are identified and sequenced to support employment growth, population growth, exports and investment. In recent years these have included partnerships with the Queensland and Commonwealth governments and industry to deliver the Clem Jones Tunnel, Go Between Bridge, Eleanor Schonell Bridge, Legacy Way, Airport Link, Road Action Program and Howard Smith Wharves redevelopment.

High levels of population and employment growth in Brisbane are imposing an increasing strain on the capacity of Brisbane's transport, energy, water and sewerage and social infrastructure. Council's Draft Brisbane Long Term Infrastructure Plan 2011-2031 and Priority Infrastructure Plan identify actions to deliver infrastructure to meet the needs.

Council's Road Action Program is a major infrastructure investment that fast-tracks 15 years of road works into four years. The program tackles Brisbane's 21 worst congested roads and delivers traffic congestion reduction, increased safety and improved access across Brisbane's road network.

Where we are

Council's recent civic infrastructure projects have presented access and inclusion challenges to which we have responded in creative ways.

In 2006, the Eleanor Schonell Bridge replaced the previously inaccessible Dutton Park ferry service as the eastern access to the University of Queensland. It is the first bridge in Australia exclusively designed for buses, cyclists and pedestrians. It features good disability parking and drop-off zones and a shaded walkway. The bridge is appropriately named as Dr Eleanor Schonell was an academic who made a significant contribution to work with children with dyslexia, cerebral palsy and intellectual disabilities in Brisbane.

Pedestrian access to the Go Between Bridge, which opened in 2010, features wide paths, high levels of lighting, shaded walkways and ramps at a low gradient. The bridge provides highly accessible connectivity to the Bicentennial Bikeway, Riverside Drive and the Gallery of Modern Art precinct.

Former Lord Mayor Campbell Newman's commitment to provide new bikeway infrastructure is providing upgrades and extensions across the network, improving safety by widening our busiest shared pathways and, in some places, separating pedestrians and cyclists.

Where we want to be

We want all Brisbane residents to benefit from civic infrastructure that enhances and sustains the City of Brisbane.

Our objectives

  1. Include all key stakeholders in community consultation that informs the planning and design of new infrastructure.
  2. Design new civic infrastructure that demonstrates innovation and leadership in providing for access and inclusion.
  3. Proactively promote employment opportunities so that people with a disability are part of the workforce delivering infrastructure projects.

Existing actions that will continue

Draft Brisbane Long Term Infrastructure Plan 2011-2031

We will continue to work towards infrastructure provision that is consistent with Brisbane's aspiration to be an accessible and inclusive city.

Community engagement

We will continue to design and implement community engagement processes that proactively include all key stakeholders in consultation that informs the planning and design of new infrastructure.

Innovative design features that enhance accessibility

We will continue to design new civic infrastructure that demonstrates innovation and leadership in providing for access and inclusion.

Employment opportunities on infrastructure projects

We will continue to ensure that trainees and apprentices make up 10% of the workforce on major infrastructure projects and proactively promote employment opportunities so that people with a disability are part of the workforce delivering infrastructure projects.

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03 November 2014