Brisbane 2033: Legacy Project

April 2023 Newsletter

April 2023 Newsletter

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Can Brisbane 2032 be the most accessible Games?

Join us for our next event on Tuesday 18 April: Roll, stroll, ride and glide – how to make Brisbane 2032 the most accessible Games yet.

As far as we can tell, Brisbane’s four main Games venues are in the closest proximity of any Games.

The Gabba, South Bank and the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Suncorp Stadium and Brisbane Arena will be within reasonable walking and rolling distance.

Come and listen to our panel of experts who will consider how the principles of good design can improve the people-centric linkages between these sites and leave a liveability legacy for the city.

  • Anna Campbell, Executive Officer, Queensland Walks
  • Michael Dobbie-Bridges PLY, Chair, Sporting Wheelies & Disabled Association
  • Harvey Lister AM, Chairman and CEO, ASM Global (Asia Pacific)
  • Dr Robyn Littlewood, CEO, Health and Wellbeing Queensland
  • Damian Thompson, Director, Lat Studios

Tickets are available here: Roll, stroll, ride and glide: How to make Brisbane 2032 the most accessible Games yet | Committee for Brisbane on Glue Up


New faces on Advisory Council

Three new faces have joined the Committee for Brisbane’s Advisory Council.

Ann Sherry AO, Chancellor of QUT. Ann is also the Chair of UNICEF Australia, Enero Group, the Port of Townsville and Queensland Airports Limited and a Non-executive Director of National Australia Bank. Ann was also the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Carnival Australia for a decade – Australia’s largest cruise ship operator in the Australia/Pacific region.

Brett Clark is the co-founder of online healthcare brand ePharmacy and Chemist Warehouse Queensland. He is Chair of the Queensland Rugby Union, a director of the Brisbane 2032 Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, and former Chair of Queensland Ballet. With his wife Maria, he is also a Patron of the Mater Foundation.

Gert-Jan de Graaff, Chief Executive Officer, Brisbane Airport Corporation. Gert-Jan is also a Director of the Airports Council International Asia-Pacific Regional Board and a Director on the Australian Airports Association Board.

Ann, Brett and Gert-Jan join 10 others on the Advisory Council:

  • David Carter, CEO, RACQ
  • Harvey Lister AM, Chairman and CEO, ASM Global (Asia Pacific)
  • Jason Scott, Managing Director, News Corp Qld & NT
  • Julieanne Alroe, professional director; Chair, Queensland Ballet
  • Li Cunxin AO, Artistic Director, Queensland Ballet
  • Peter Varghese AO, Chancellor, The University of Queensland
  • Raynuha Sinnathamby, Managing Director, Springfield City Group
  • Sue Johnson, Group Executive, Queensland, Transurban
  • Tracy Stockwell OAM
  • Trevor St Baker, Founder and Deputy Chair, St Baker Energy Innovation Fund

It’s live! Launch of the Creative Brisbane Collab.

The Creative Brisbane Collab. was officially launched on 15 March at The Princess Theatre, Woolloongabba.

The Collab. is an Australian-first initiative to bring the corporate and creative sectors together as a single voice to articulate and advocate on behalf of creativity as a driving force in city life and economy.

About 100 guests attended the launch event, including the Governor of Queensland, Her Excellency the Honourable Dr Jeanette Young AC PSM and Cr Vicki Howard, Brisbane City Council Civic Cabinet Chair for Community, Arts and Nighttime Economy.

Since the launch, several new members have joined and it is expected the Collab. will have more than 100 members by 30 June:

Collab. members have determined the strategic priorities for 2023-24, including:

  • Being a primary stakeholder to be consulted on the arts and cultural program – and legacy planning – for the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Collab. will advocate for a strong artistic and cultural program to enrich the Games, spotlighting the city’s and State’s exceptional talent.
  • Investigating the development of a Creativity Index to measure and report on Brisbane’s aspirations to be a global city of creativity.
  • Undertaking a research-led policy development project to look at arts and culture career pathways for young people. A Collab. sub-committee has been formed to investigate this project.

The first Annual General Meeting of the Collab. will be held in July, when a new Management Committee will be elected.

Sub-committees revamp

The Committee for Brisbane will soon seek Expressions of Interest from across its membership to participate in a new suite of sub-committees.

The Committee is moving from its model of occasional, special-purpose sub-committees and will establish four “standing “committees that will work directly to the Committee’s four pillars:

  1. Connectivity
  2. Creativity
  3. Equity
  4. Enterprise

Each of the four committees will have 10 members (with a maximum of one representative per CFB Member), and will be Chaired by a representative of the Management Committee for the first 12 months, before the Chairs will be elected by sub-committee members.

The new model will enable the Committee to work in a formal, structured way with a wide range of individuals whose skills and experience will benefit delivery of the Committee’s strategic priorities.

EOIs will open in mid-April 2023.

How's the accessibility? Your views.

What do you think about the standard of accessibility, connectivity and mobility in inner Brisbane?

In preparation for the Committee’s next event, we are seeking the views of Members and others about aspects of liveability that relate to accessibility and movement.

On 18 April, CFB will host: “Roll, stroll, ride and glide: how to make Brisbane 2032 the most accessible Games yet”. Tickets are available here

Four of the Brisbane 2032 Games venues – Suncorp Stadium, South Bank and the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, the Gabba and the proposed Brisbane Arena at Roma Street Station – are possibly the closest in proximity of any Games.

What can we do now to improve the accessibility and mobility experience at, around and between those venues, with a view to 2032 and a legacy for the city?

Share your views here by answering a simple “Yeah” or “Nah” to these questions:

  1. Is inner-Brisbane walkable and rollable, with well-connected footpaths and pedestrian-friendly infrastructure?
  2. Is there enough shade in inner-Brisbane to provide adequate sun protection for pedestrians?
  3. Are inner-Brisbane’s footpaths well-maintained, safe, and accessible for all, including those with mobility challenges?
  4. Is Brisbane a liveable city, where the physical environment and infrastructure enhance the quality of life for all, regardless of ability or need?
  5. Are there effective wayfinding systems in inner-Brisbane to help people self-navigate through the city, including signage, maps, and other visual, tactile or audio aids?
  6. Are inner-Brisbane hills and slopes a deterrent to walking, rolling and riding?
  7. Would you walk or roll more often if there was better shade and smoother footpaths in the inner city?
  8. Do you use a wheelchair or have a mobility challenge?

CEO Wheelie Challenge

The Committee for Brisbane CEO is sitting down (not resting) again this year to raise funds for CFB Affiliate, the Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association.

Barton Green will be joining more than half a dozen CFB Members who have accepted the second, annual CEO Wheelie Challenge – but to spend a day in a wheelchair, they must firstly raise $5,000 each.

Barton said his participation in the CEO Wheelie Challenge is motivated, in part, by personal experience:

“When I was 17 (way back in the 1970s!), I suffered a neck injury in a scrum collapse. I lost feeling in my left arm for a little while and have never regained feeling on the surface of my right shoulder – but it could have been so much worse. I count myself extraordinarily lucky, which is why I’m doing a little bit to help others.”

If you’d like to donate, we’d appreciate any support you can give: Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association : Sponsor

Welcome New Members

The Committee for Brisbane recently welcomed seven new Members and two Affiliates.

Corporate Leader

  • Bond University (upgrade from Corporate Member)

Corporate Member

  • Cooper Grace Ward
  • Clear Insurance
  • Ministry of Sport
  • JDA Co.

Associate Member

  • Luke Rowlinson
  • Leanne de Souza


  • Cancer Council Queensland
  • Volleyball Queensland


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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