Transcription of Brisbane Lord Mayor discusses easing restrictions over the coming days, while ensuring a 10-person limit

I’m Adrian Schrinner, Lord Mayor of Brisbane. Over the past few months, we’ve all experienced some of the most serious restrictions on our way of life in generations. 

Brisbane is a lifestyle city and I know that not being able to get out and enjoy our normal lifestyle has meant some big adjustments. But I really want to thank residents for taking these restrictions seriously.

You’ve made a difference and helped us to flatten the curve and that means we can now start the gradual journey back to a more normal life here in Brisbane.

Last week, the Prime Minister announced his plans to reboot our economy and get Australians back on their feet.

Following guidance from the State Government, Council’s dog parks opened over last weekend and from this weekend, we’re also looking forward to reopening playgrounds, outdoor gyms, barbecues, BMX tracks, skate parks, basketball and tennis courts. 

Community Halls will also reopen under a strict 10-person limit as well as libraries, which will be open for you to drop-off and pick-up items placed on hold through Council’s Digital Library.

I know many of you are also looking forward to the reopening of Council pools. However, at this stage it is not practical for operators to reopen their facilities under the State Government’s current 10-person limit. This something many local businesses are also grappling with.

But with many shops, restaurants and services getting back to business this weekend, we are focussed on driving more customers to support them and to help increase parking turnover Brisbane's on-street parking restrictions will return to normal from Monday May 18.

Weekday parking rates will also be reinstated at council car parks with new weekend rates of $5 for four hours. Regular turnover of car parks is vital for businesses relying on a steady stream of customers and these parking changes are being introduced to support local businesses and their customers.

As always, information about changes to Council facilities and services will continue to be published on Council’s website www.brisbane.qld.gov.au.

As restrictions continue to ease I want to remind residents to continue practising good hygiene and adhere to the Government’s social distancing directives.

We are on the road to recovery but now is not the time to be complacent. Australians are leading the way for the rest of the world and by working together we will get through this sooner and come out stronger.

Last updated:13 May 2020