Transcription of Brisbane Lord Mayor discusses library closures, boosting jobs and strengthening the local economy

I’m Adrian Schrinner, Lord Mayor of Brisbane.

During challenging times, Brisbane residents have always come together to support each other, to unite and to get through it.

We saw this during the 2011 Flood and, as I travel around the city, I’m seeing it again now.

It’s the true spirit of Brisbane and it’s something that makes me so proud.

I want to assure you that we are doing everything we can to guide our city through this difficult time.

To assist local businesses and community groups, we have waived all Council fees, charges, rents and lease fees and, from this afternoon, the city’s libraries will close their doors to help keep residents and staff safe.

However, Council’s 24/7 Digital Library will continue to operate and librarians will be redeployed to set up a free home delivery service for the city’s most vulnerable residents.

As Australia’s largest council, we are well-placed to help deliver job-creating stimulus projects.

We’ve put forward a list of 48 projects across Brisbane that can be fast-tracked with Federal Government funding.

This will help us deliver long-lasting infrastructure, create more than 850 jobs and strengthen our local economy in our hour of need.

I will continue working with all levels of government to deliver the best outcomes for Brisbane residents and working with the Federal Government to bring forward projects is just one example of this.

Any Council facility closures or event cancellations will continue to be reported by Brisbane City Council at our website Brisbane.qld.gov.au and for up-to-date health advice you can visit health.gov.au or call the Commonwealth Government Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 020 080.

As a Council we have the plans in place to prioritise essential services and we will continue to respond and adapt to challenges as they arise.

Please stay safe and, most importantly, look out for each other; your family, your friends, your neighbours.

Together, we will get through this.

Last updated:22 March 2020