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.
Three months on, 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
We've started the Village Precinct Projects program to 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.
August saw the Gaythorne community put forward ideas for revitalising their local centre and Brisbane City Council is now putting plans together 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. Read more about the Gaythorne Village Precinct Project.
The second project, Aspley Village Precinct Project, started on 10 September.
Create new community parks in Brisbane's suburbs with facilities for the local community to enjoy.
Moggill District Sports Park
We've completed the $16 million Moggill District Sports Park, creating new lifestyle and leisure opportunities and district-level sporting facilities for the wider Moggill-Bellbowrie and Anstead communities. The park, which was opened early September, features two ovals suitable for Australian football and cricket, four hard courts for netball and tennis, a children's playground, as well as supporting facilities including an amenities building, canteen and shelters for viewing the sports fields.
From wading pool to volleyball
Wynnum Wading Pool was transformed into a beach volleyball arena for the 2018 Wynnum Central Beach Volleyball season. Council opened up this under-used public land for community sport and recreation, by pouring 120 tonnes of sand into Wynnum's iconic wading pool while it was drained for maintenance. This initiative activated the local foreshore, boosting foot traffic for local businesses and gave a chance for residents and visitors to try a new sport for free.
Mt Coot-tha upgrades
We've finished significant upgrades to J.C. Slaughter Falls and Simpson Falls picnic areas to create links, improve accessibility and safety, and install new barbecue and picnic facilities, providing more to see and do for all ages and abilities. Future work will involve upgrades to the Summit Track, educational signage for the Discovery Trail and a nature-themed playscape for Simpson Falls picnic area.
The development application for the Mt Coot-tha zipline was lodged on 3 September 2018. Initiated by Council and to be operated by Zipline Australia, the zipline will give residents and visitors of all ages a new Brisbane experience. Three different low-impact, environmentally sensitive, world-class ecotourism experiences will bring increased tourism, jobs and more lifestyle and leisure opportunities for our subtropical city.
Read more about the Mt Coot-tha precinct.
Stop townhouses and apartments being built in areas for single homes.
We're amending Brisbane City Plan 2014 (City Plan) to protect the city's character, a key part of Brisbane's Future Blueprint, by formally restricting townhouse and apartment development in areas meant for single homes. Changes to the plan will remove the current provision that enables townhouses and apartments to be developed on low density residential zoned land on sites of more than 3000 square metres. This will ensure new developments will be in keeping with their surroundings and protect Brisbane's way of life, retaining the things we love about our city as part of our vision for the future. The amendments were approved by Council on 4 September and will now go to the Queensland Government.
Cater for an ageing population with a Retirement and Aged Care Incentive Scheme.
We've begun the planning process to encourage more retirement and aged care housing in Brisbane. Council started consultation on plans to promote new aged care construction in June. The proposed changes to City Plan would offer a more streamlined approach to extending or upgrading aged care and retirement living, as well as providing direction for locations and requirements for new facilities. This will provide more accommodation options for older residents, as well as retirees who move to Brisbane to enjoy our city's unique lifestyle opportunities. While some people choose to stay in their own homes, these changes will help our growing senior population find more housing choices that better suit their needs within their local neighbourhood.