Delivering Brisbane's Future Blueprint

Brisbane is a great place to live, work and relax. It's no wonder our city is growing, with more people than ever wanting to call Brisbane home. Together we've achieved a lot, but there's more work to be done. With 1300 people moving to Brisbane each month, we're committed to working with the community to carefully plan for our future.

Brisbane's Future Blueprint was released in June 2018 following an overwhelming response from the community. More than 100,000 people had their say and put forward more than 15,000 ideas to improve our city. The document provided a plan with eight principles and 40 clear actions to guide decisions and make sure our friendly and liveable city thrives.

To date, we have made great progress and are acting on our commitments to the community. Read about how we're delivering our plan.

Principle 1: Create a city of neighbourhoods

Gaythorne and Jindalee shopping centre revitalisation

Action 1.1: Improve the amenity of local retail villages with upgraded paths, trees, seating and lighting.

The Village Precinct Projects program will breathe new life into local shopping centre precincts, drawing people into the hub of their suburb, close to the services they need and the lifestyle and leisure options they want. Council has precinct improvement projects underway at Aspley, Gaythorne, Inala, Jindalee and Wavell Heights.

Construction of the Gaythorne shopping centre revitalisation project commenced in mid-January 2019 and is planned to be completed in mid-2019. Construction of the Jindalee shopping centre revitalisation project commenced in mid-January 2019 and is planned to be completed in mid-April 2019.

Read more about the Gaythorne and Jindalee Village Precinct Projects and the progress of other precinct improvement projects.

Sandgate local business partnership

Action 1.1: Improve the amenity of local retail villages with upgraded paths, trees, seating and lighting.

Read about the Sandgate Local Business Partnership Initiative and other projects to improve the Sandgate commercial centre through free Wi-Fi, foreign-language wayfinding signage, CCTV and new heritage trail.

APT9 Kids outdoor gallery

Action 1.1: Improve the amenity of local retail villages with upgraded paths, trees, seating and lighting.

Read about the 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT9) and Council's outdoor gallery and the APT9 Kids exhibition artwork.

Principle 2: Protect and create greenspace

Protect and increase Brisbane's natural habitat

Action 2.1: Protect and increase Brisbane's natural habitat from 37% to 40% by 2031.

Brisbane. Clean, Green, Sustainable 2017-2031 highlights our city's key sustainability achievements and outlines future targets and commitments to drive us towards a cleaner, greener and more sustainable city.

To grow and connect Brisbane's natural areas and protect its rich biodiversity, Council is offering free native plants to residents and restoring bushland through the Environmental Offset and the Bushland Acquisition programs.

Read more about Brisbane. Clean, Green, Sustainable 2017-2031.

Rooftop gardens

Action 2.4: Make it easier for new developments to include rooftop gardens and green open space.

Council is currently reviewing Brisbane City Plan 2014 and propose amendments to allow the addition of a rooftop amenity space, including rooftop gardens for new developments.

Shade trees

Action 2.5: Provide more shade trees around bus stops and along walkways.

Council's ongoing street tree planting program provides benefits that are important to the city's liveability and subtropical landscape character. Street trees help provide cooler, greener, more comfortable pathways and bus stops, and encourage active transport options including walking and cycling.

Council has planted nearly 6000 street trees since June 2018.

Principle 3: Create more to see and do

Davies Park improvement project, West End

Action 3.1: Create new community parks in Brisbane's suburbs with facilities for the local community to enjoy.

Davies Park is a much-loved, six-hectare green space in West End. The park has been providing sport and recreation opportunities for the community for more than 100 years.

The proposed park improvements are part of Council's commitment to keeping Brisbane clean and green, and making our liveable city sustainable for future generations.

The final improvement plan for Davies Park has been developed through consultation and feedback from the local community. Construction is expected to start in April 2019.

Read more about the Davies Park improvement project - West End.

Ferny Grove Aqua Park 

Action 3.1: Create new community parks in Brisbane's suburbs with facilities for the local community to enjoy.

The Ferny Grove Aqua Park is the northside's first free, fully accessible aquatic playground. Local residents of all ages and abilities are now able to enjoy the new aqua park's features including tipping buckets, water cannons, stream jets and bubblers, a water table and level splash pad.

The new $1.5 million facility complements additional and ongoing aquatic centre upgrades across the city including Langlands Pool which will open mid-next-year and Musgrave Park which is scheduled to start in 2019.

Read more about Ferny Grove Aqua Park.

Moggill District Sports Park

Action 3.1: Create new community parks in Brisbane's suburbs with facilities for the local community to enjoy.

Read about the new Moggill Districts Sports Park.

River recreation hubs

Action 3.3: Bring our river to life with more access and infrastructure for recreation, tourism and events.

Council is committed to improving access to the Brisbane River and promoting an active and healthy lifestyle. As part of this commitment, Council is delivering a new multipurpose river-based infrastructure to accommodate a range of recreation activities, tourism and events.

The West End Recreation Hub is open and operating. This is the first of the new-look river-based facilities as part of the River Access initiative. Construction was completed in October 2018.

Read more about West End, New Farm and Dutton Park river recreation hubs and other river activities.

Mt Coot-tha green leisure precinct

Action 3.4: Make Mt Coot-tha a leisure and adventure precinct with new picnic areas and trails.

Council is enhancing Mt Coot-tha by creating a green leisure precinct with more trees, picnic areas and walking trails. By improving Mt Coot-tha, Council will protect what is loved about this Brisbane icon, while creating more to see and do.

Read more about Mt Coot-tha precinct projects.

Botanica, City Botanic Gardens

Action 3.5: Bring more festivals and markets to the suburbs.

A wide range of new activities, including community events, festivals and exhibitions are being hosted at the City Botanic Gardens.

Botanica, now in its second year, will transform the City Botanic Gardens into an outdoor gallery from 10-19 May 2019. This temporary open-air exhibition invites audiences to uncover a stunning series of installations set among the beauty of Queensland's premier heritage garden, the City Botanic Gardens.

Read more about Botanica 2019.

Principle 4: Protect the Brisbane backyard and our unique character

Character and heritage protection laws

Action 4.4: Protect our character and heritage by demanding greater enforcement powers and penalties from the Queensland Government.

Brisbane's heritage places reflect aspects of our local history and culture. Council introduced heritage listings as part of the 1987 Town Plan to protect a number of buildings in the CBD and some inner suburbs in response to community concerns.

In late 2018, Council sought greater enforcement powers from the Queensland Government to protect Brisbane's character and heritage for future generations. The Queensland Government recently stated that they will grant Council new powers to issue repair and maintenance notices to protect local heritage-listed places.

Principle 5: Ensure best practice design that complements that character of Brisbane

Development and design

Council has initiated research into best practice design to ensure new development meets community expectations including townhouse design and how new development responds to neighbourhood and streetscape character.

Council's new design office, Design Brisbane, commenced on 1 November 2018 and planning is underway for a draft design strategy and an associated design rating scheme.

Principle 6: Empower and engage residents

Brisbane's Liveability: Intergenerational Planning Forum

Action 6.3: Convene an annual Intergenerational Planning Forum to hear from the community directly.

The Intergenerational Planning Forum is one of the actions from Brisbane's Future Blueprint, our shared vision for our city's next exciting chapter. The forum is a unique opportunity for people of all ages and abilities to work together to plan for Brisbane's future.

The 2019 forum was held on Wednesday 29 May and featured interactive sessions with demographer Bernard Salt, Howard Smith Wharves CEO, Luke Fraser, and Future Anything founder, Nicole Dyson, to determine what liveability in Brisbane means to residents. The key findings from the event will be presented at the Asia Pacific Cities Summit.  

Character Design Forum

Action 6.5: Create a specific Character Design Forum for residents to guide the preservation of our city's Queenslander's and other traditional designs.

As Brisbane grows, requiring high-quality and attractive design will mean new development makes good use of space and matches the area in which it's built. An important contributor to the character and identity of our city's suburbs are our iconic Queenslanders and other traditional residential designs.

Residents have had their say on extensions and adaptions to Queenslanders and other traditional designs at the Character Design Forum in later-2018, which was continued online until early 2019. Council is presently reviewing feedback and will be developing a set of design principles to help shape how we protect Queenslanders and other traditional designs.

Read more about the Character Design Forum.

Principle 7: Get people home quicker and safer with more travel options

Brisbane Metro

Action 7.1: Deliver the new 21km, high frequency Brisbane Metro with 18 stations and two dedicated lines from Eight Mile Plains to Roma Street and RBWH to St Lucia.

Brisbane Metro is a key part of Council's plan to get you home quicker and safer, with more travel options, less congestion and better public transport. With services every three minutes in peak hour and operating 24 hours on weekends, Brisbane Metro will get you home up to 50% quicker. 

Council has committed to funding $644 million of the project's capital cost. The Australian Government confirmed a $300 million funding commitment to Brisbane Metro in the 2018-19 Federal Budget, meaning construction of the project is now fully funded.

Read more about the Brisbane Metro and related project activities.

School safety

Action 7.3: Invest in more bikeways, local roads, and active travel options

Council continues to support and deliver initiatives and programs that protect our children and encourage safety on the roads around our schools.

Read about school transport and safe roads around schools.

Current bikeway and pathway projects

Action 7.3: Invest in more bikeways, local roads, and active travel options

Read about the current bikeway and pathway projects.

Transport Plan for Brisbane and Implementation Plan 2018

Action 7.3: Invest in more bikeways, local roads, and active travel options

Read about the Transport Plan for Brisbane and the Implementation Plan 2018.

Car sharing

Action 7.4: Expand car-sharing facilities to make it easier to not own a car in the inner city.

Council is proposing amendments to Brisbane City Plan 2014 to support car-sharing within suitable locations. You can have your say on the draft amendments package until 12 April 2019.

Read more about the proposed citywide amendment - Major amendment package E, including car-sharing.

Principle 8: Give people more choice when it comes to housing 

Retirement and aged care

Action 8.4: Cater for an ageing population with a Retirement and Aged Care Incentive Scheme.

Brisbane is growing and changing, and in coming decades this will include an ageing population. In some parts of Brisbane in the future, many older people may struggle to find housing to suit their needs, to it's important to plan now.

Council is continuing to progress the Aged Care amendment package following Queensland Government review in late 2018. The amendment will offer a more streamlined approach to building, extending or upgrading aged care and retirement facilities.

Read more about the Retirement and aged care amendments package.

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Last updated:31 May 2019