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.
Improve the amenity of local retail villages with upgraded paths, trees, seating and lighting.
Gaythorne shopping centre revitalisation
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.
The Gaythorne community put forward ideas for revitalising their local centre in August and Council has now presented the improvement plan to make it a better place to shop and visit. The $2 million project will provide a new footpath surface, shrub and tree planting, new street furniture and improved accessibility for the Samford Road shopping centre. The improvement plan was unveiled with the start of the Christmas Window Walk where local traders created Christmas window displays appearing from 6-29 December.
Read more about the Gaythorne Village Precinct Project and the progress of the other precinct improvement projects.
Sandgate local business partnership
Council has collaborated with Sandgate businesses to develop the Sandgate Local Business and Destination Action Plan to help shape the economic future of the area, which boasts some unique locations and heritage character.
This was part of the Local Business Partnership Initiative program, created by Council as a way to engage business communities to stimulate local economies in key suburban precincts. The program allows Council to understand the business context, collaborate with businesses and respond with targeted resources for local businesses to maximise opportunities.
Through the program, Council has already provided Free Wi-Fi, streetscape improvements, improved CCTV camera coverage and foreign-language wayfinding signage to improve the Sandgate business precinct. Two more initiatives have now recently been introduced.
Residents and visitors can now get an insight into the rich history of Sandgate, thanks to a new heritage trail created by Council working with the local business community. The Sandgate heritage trail winds through the suburb’s streets, giving people historically significant sites to see including the Sandgate post office, war memorial and town hall.
The Sandgate foreshore lit up over 23-24 November in the inaugural Sandgate Bay of Lights project. The festival attracted thousands of people as part of the innovative collaboration between Council, the Sandgate and District Historical Society and Museum and the Sandgate Creative Engine. The innovative outdoor projection experience, projecting historical images onto the former Sandgate Baptist Church, promoted awareness of local history as well as activating the area and enhancing economic activity.
Partner with local businesses to bring unused space and laneways to life.
APT9 Kids outdoor gallery
Council has collaborated with Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art to use its Outdoor Gallery to display artwork from APT9 Kids, created as part of the 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art.
The Outdoor Gallery aims to transform Brisbane’s laneways into imaginative, fun and engaging spaces. Comprising of light box displays, wall banners and projections, the gallery allows new art to be displayed in the city streets that would otherwise be confined to a gallery. Celebrating creative life in the city, the rolling program of temporary art is one of the many ways Council is supporting small business and creating more to see and do in Brisbane.
APT9 Kids sees select exhibiting artists develop interactive artworks and projects, especially for children and families, with meaningful insights into the contemporary art of Australia, Asia and the Pacific. APT9 Kids features eight artists from Australia, New Zealand, Iraq, Taiwan, the Philippines, Thailand and Bougainville, and highlights a number of shared ideas while traversing multiple perspectives and approaches to art-making.
The exhibition runs from November 2018-28 April 2019.
Read more about the outdoor gallery and view the APT9 Kids artwork.
Create new community parks in Brisbane's suburbs with facilities for the local community to enjoy.
Ferny Grove Aqua Park
Council continues to create exciting new lifestyle and leisure opportunities and the latest addition is the Ferny Grove Aqua Park, located in Keperra Picnic Grounds. The $1.5-million aquatic playground provides an interactive water play environment for people of all ages and abilities and includes elevated water play elements like tipping buckets and water cannons, stream jets and bubblers, a water table and level splash pad.
Visitors will also enjoy tiered seating walls, shade trees, additional picnic facilities with electric barbecues and reconfigured car parking.
This aqua park allows residents to get the most from our city’s climate and outdoor lifestyle and ensures our city remains a great place to live, work and relax.
Read more about the Ferny Grove Aqua Park.
Create a specific Character Design Forum for residents to guide the preservation of our city’s Queenslanders and other traditional designs.
Character Design Forum
Council has taken the latest step in protecting the city’s character with residents helping guide the protection of our iconic Queenslanders. Preserving Queenslanders and other traditional designs was one the key themes raised in developing Brisbane’s Future Blueprint, and Council is committed to empowering and engaging residents in planning as part of our vision for the future.
The Character Design Forum was held on Saturday 10 November allowing residents to help create a set of design principles that Council will use to shape policy on extensions and adaptations to Queenslanders and other traditional designs.
Another way all Brisbane residents could play their part in shaping the future management of traditional character residential buildings and safeguarding Queenslanders was through an online survey from 10 November 2018-31 January 2019. Find out more about the Character Design Forum.
Invest in more bikeways, local roads and active travel options.
Transport plan for Brisbane
Council released Transport Plan for Brisbane – Strategic Directions in November 2018 to ensure Brisbane residents have a connected, flexible and sustainable transport network that helps maintain the quality of life of locals for the next 25 years and beyond.
The transport plan sets out how transport will contribute to achieving our vision for our city and support economic, social and environmental outcomes for current and future generations. It also identifies opportunities to partner with private industry and other levels of government, so we can deliver smart and sustainable solutions for Brisbane residents, visitors and commuters.
During the consultation phase between November 2017 and April 2018, Council engaged with industry, key stakeholders and the community to gain feedback on Brisbane’s transport future, receiving more than 3000 submissions.
Having a connected, flexible and sustainable transport network is vital to our city, helping us commute to work, access vibrant lifestyle and leisure opportunities, do business and visit family and friends.