Brisbane 2033: Legacy Project

April 2022 Newsletter

April 2022 Newsletter

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Wicked problems solutions – how to flip from flood repair to flood resilience in SEQ

At its next major event, the Committee for Brisbane will discuss critical and innovative solutions to help make SEQ more flood resilient.

The recent, region-wide flooding in all major south east Queensland catchments is considered unlikely to have been recorded previously, including 2011, 2013, and potentially 1974.

River heights exceeded major flood levels in all catchments.

Up to 49 million tonnes of sediment is estimated to have been mobilised in SEQ as a result of the recent events, resulting in 5-10 million tonnes of sediment entering Moreton Bay (2011 saw ~1 million tonnes impact Moreton Bay).

We have assembled a great panel to consider resilience challenges and opportunities from a variety of perspectives: ecosystem management, planning and design and policy making:

  • Julie McLellan, Chief Executive Officer, Healthy Land and Water
  • David Carter, Group Chief Executive Officer, RACQ
  • James Davidson, Founder and Principal, JDA Co Architects (a delivery partner for BCC’s Flood Resilient Homes Program)
  • Final panellist TBA

The event will be held in the Plaza Terrace Room at BCEC on Thursday 28 April, 12pm – 2pm. BOOK NOW!

For event sponsorship opportunities please email your interest to

It's a done Deal

South east Queensland’s future is brighter following the signing in mid-March of a $1.8 billion City Deal – the biggest in Australia’s history.

The Deal was signed by the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments and the Council of Mayors (South East Queensland).

The Committee for Brisbane congratulates all parties.

The South East Queensland City Deal proposes to fund 31 projects across 11 council regions in SEQ, including important investigations and investments in transport and digital infrastructure, knowledge corridors and the jobs of the future.

This Deal is version one of two-decade planning framework that will evolve as the region’s population essentially doubles over the next 20 years.

A critical element of the City Deal is the governance agreement that will see the three levels of government working together to investigate and deliver critical infrastructure for the region’s future.

The Committee specifically welcomes a commitment under the City Deal to a formal Industry Reference Group that will provide ongoing advice and support to inform the implementation program.

Just prior to the signing, the City Deal Partners recognised the support of industry in helping to bring the City Deal to fruition.

During 2020 and 2021, a group of peak industry bodies worked collaboratively to advocate to the governments with a single voice on the City Deal, and much of that work has been reflected in the language and structure of the Deal.

The peak industry collaboration comprised: AI Group, Australian Constructors Association, Civil Contractors Federation Qld, Committee for Brisbane, Engineers Australia, Housing Industry Association, Infrastructure Association of Queensland, Master Builders Queensland, Planning Institute of Australia (Qld & NT), Property Council of Australia (Qld), Queensland Major Contractors Association, Urban Development Institute of Australia (Qld).

10,000+ new jobs and $1 billion+ economic boost from sports tech and innovation

Nearly 300 enthusiastic Queenslanders attended the Committee’s recent event at BCEC to consider: “Can SEQ grow a new sports industry economy?” The short answer? Absolutely!

The event was the brainchild of the Committee’s Sports Hubs and Centres of Excellence Steering Committee that was keen to start a big conversation around the opportunities for sport and sport-related investment in SEQ.

The Steering Committee landed on a suite of elements that, together, constitute a sports ecosystem:

  • Administration headquarters
  • High performance centres
  • Allied healthcare
  • Health and wellbeing, including mental health support
  • Wealth and business advisory services and after career advisory support for athletes
  • Education pathways for athletes
  • Sports tech, and
  • Links with community sport groups for mutual benefit – the holistic sports hub

For the event, we assembled an expert panel of Luke McCann, Chief Operating Officer, Sport Australia; Eugénie Buckley, Chief Executive Officer, Swimming Australia; John Lee, Director-General, Department of Tourism, Innovation and Sport; and Jake Anson, GM – Infrastructure, Strategy & Government Relations, Brisbane Lions Australian Football Club.

When Luke was asked if 10,000 new jobs and a $1 billion economic boost for SEQ was possible from growing the sports innovation and technology sector, he said we should be more ambitious!

Collaboration between governments, universities, sports and the private sector will be the key ingredient to developing integrated sports ecosystems across the region in the 10-year runway to 2032.

Congratulations on BOCOG appointments

The Committee for Brisbane congratulates its Ambassador, Nat Cook OAM OLY, and Advisory Council Member, Tracy Stockwell OAM, on their appointments to the Brisbane Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

BOCOG is the critical body charged with responsibility for the organisation, conduct, promotion, commercial and financial management of the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.


What place does “place” have in the 2032 Games legacy?

Should placemaking be a regional legacy from the 2032 Games?

In the next iteration of its Business of the Games series, the Committee for Brisbane will explore the concept of placemaking as a legacy.

This Members-only briefing on 11 May will hear from a panel of experts with direct experience of placemaking as part of the delivery and legacy of Olympic and Paralympic Games, or similar, and explore the opportunities for south east Queensland in the run to 2032.

The panel will look beyond business-as-usual planning to consider the profound benefits that could be delivered in community health and wellbeing, open space and blue skies, design and architecture through a bold placemaking agenda.

Registration for “Business of the Games #3: Placemaking as a legacy” will open soon.

Where Our Stories Live – Brisbane Writers Festival 2022

The Brisbane Writers Festival (a Committee for Brisbane Affiliate) celebrates its 60th year in 2022 and is hosting a plethora of events between May 3 – 8.

BWF CEO Sarah Runcie said this year’s Festival would “bring a world of beautiful, wise, strong and urgent voices from across the Pacific Ocean and from around the world to Meanjin/Brisbane”.

Some of Brisbane’s favourite authors and poets will contribute to a full program of cultural and literacy experiences, including Nick Earles, Phil Brown, Rebecca Sparrow, Kris Olsson and Trent Dalton.

In a welcome collaboration, BWF has partnered with another Committee for Brisbane Affiliate, Braille House, to produce the 2022 program in hardcopy braille and as an e-reader compatible file – and every $1 from the main festival ticket price will go to Braille House, helping to fund services for blind and vision-impaired Australians.

Tickets for the Brisbane Writers Festival can be found here:

Creativity, meet Industry;
Industry, meet Creativity

The opportunity to establish an ongoing Industry and Art (Creativity) Collaboration in Brisbane will be explored at a workshop at Metro Arts this month.

The motivation for establishing a collaboration is to build a strong relationship between Brisbane’s/SEQ’s corporate sector and its creative industries (acknowledging there is overlap at many levels).

The traditional relationship between commerce and the arts (in particular) has been largely transactional via patronages and sponsorships, as well as participation by a small number of corporates on governance boards.

The collaboration concept is proposed as a way to enable structured and ongoing engagement between industry and creativity – as a way to improve communication and understanding and, ultimately, provide a shared platform for advocacy to the community and governments on the importance of creativity to health and wellbeing, to the regional economy, for talent attraction and retention, and for city/regional reputation.

Several Committee for Brisbane Members have expressed interest in the project, which developed from the recently finalised Creative Brisbane Vision:

  • Accenture
  • Architectus
  • Arup
  • Aurecon
  • Bickerton Masters
  • Blight Rayner
  • Cottee Parker
  • Cox
  • Domestique Consulting
  • Grant Thornton
  • Hoyne
  • M4M Agency
  • McCullough Robertson Lawyers
  • McGrathNicol
  • Mecone
  • Moore Australia
  • nbn
  • Peddle Thorp
  • Populous
  • The Star Entertainment Group
  • Urbis

New Members

The Committee has welcomed five new Members and one Affiliate

Corporate Member

  • Nightlife Music

Enterprise Member

  • Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron (RQYS)


  • Adam Beck
  • Ian Eugarde
  • Shai Stadtmiller


  • Squash Australia

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The Committee For Brisbane acknowledges the First Nations People of the region and their continuing connection to and care of the land, waters and community of that region.
We also pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.

Photos by Tony Elsom