February 2022 Newsletter
February 2022 Newsletter
It's Time to Get Creative
Late last year, the Committee wrapped-up months of engagement with representatives from across the city’s arts and cultural institutions to finalise a “Creative Brisbane Vision”. Now it’s time for Phase Two.
The Vision – an initiative under the Committee’s core activity theme of “Creativity” – was unanimously endorsed by more than 20 arts and cultural organisations and has since been supported by Brisbane’s three universities and several more creative sector organisations.
The Vision is not a strategy, but rather a shared statement of intent and aspiration for the individuals and institutions that contribute to the city’s broad creative economy:
Brisbane: the place to be.
A global city where creativity is valued and imagination empowered. Where innovation and collaboration drive a thriving economy and vibrant communities. Dream boldly.
A new Steering Committee has been formed to move the Creative Brisbane Vision into Phase Two – a public launch of the Vision and identified projects/activities to give the Vision some life, including the possible establishment of a permanent “Arts and Industry Alliance” or similar.
The Steering Committee comprises:
- Amanda Jolly, Executive Director, Queensland Theatre
- Anna Reynolds, Chair, Brisbane Portrait Prize; Director, Brisbane Festival
- Dr Anna Svensdotter, State Manager, Qld Chapter, Australian Institute of Architects
- Annie Macnaughton, Director – Engagement, Committee for Brisbane
- Barton Green, CEO, Committee for Brisbane
- Charlie Cush, CEO, Brisbane Festival
- Jo Thomas, CEO and Creative Director, Metro Arts
- John Kotzas, Director, Live Performance Australia; CEO, QPAC
- Kris Stewart, CEO, QMusic
- Liz Golding, Director, Fashion Council Queensland
- Leanne De Souza, Non-executive Director, Nightlife Music; Trustee, QPAC
The Committee has been delighted with the strong interest and support from so many individuals and organisations from across the creative economy. The 33 project partners are:
- ASM Global
- Australian Institute of Architects
- Australian Institute of Landscape Architects
- Brisbane Festival
- Brisbane Portrait Prize
- Brisbane Powerhouse
- Brisbane Street Art Festival
- Business South Bank
- Brisbane Writers Festival
- Committee for Brisbane
- Craig O’Kane MBE
- Delvene Cockatoo-Collins
- Fashion Council Queensland
- Griffith University
- Interactive Games and Entertainment Association
- Live Performance Australia
- Metro Arts
- Museum of Brisbane
- Nightlife Music
- Opera Queensland
- QMF (Queensland Music Festival)
- Queensland Ballet
- Queensland Symphony Orchestra
- Queensland Theatre
- Queensland Youth Orchestras
- The University of Queensland
- UAP (Urban Art Projects)
Business of the Games #2 - Save Date
Following the success of its inaugural Business of the Games members’ briefing last October, the Committee will host several more in 2022, starting on Thursday 24 February, 2pm – 3.30pm (free, for Members only) with an exploration of: Connectivity, Mobility, Accessibility.
2032 has the potential to deliver enormous opportunities for business, industry and community in south east Queensland in logistics support, goods and services delivery, manufacturing, construction and development and more.
How should business and industry best prepare?
The Committee has pulled together another great panel with wide and direct experience of the Olympics and Paralympics and other major sporting events, as well as the critical issue of accessibility for those with mobility and other challenges:
Dr Caroline Riot, Director and Senior Lecturer in Sport Management, Griffith Business School.
Caroline is an expert in high performance sport, elite athlete development, community engagement and wellbeing. She has worked with the International Olympic Committee across eight countries, is a two-time recipient of International Olympic Academy (IOA, Olympia Greece) nominations, and has represented Australia at international seminars on Olympic studies. Caroline chaired the Queensland Olympic Council Education Committee, was inaugural Chair of Special Olympics Queensland (Logan City), delivered pre-Sydney 2000 Olympic training experiences for international delegates with Queensland Government International Sport Unit, and was delegate at Athens 2004 and Vancouver 2012 pre-Olympic conferences.
An advocate for employability in Sport and Event Management and International Tourism and Hotel Management, Caroline is passionate about bringing Queenslanders along the journey to Brisbane 2032 to ensure enduring legacies for all people, in areas of employment and training, regional development, social justice, sport and health.
Amanda Mather, CEO, Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association
Amanda Mather has had a career in healthcare spanning over 25 years, and is passionate about creating a positive community for everybody.
As CEO of Sporting Wheelies, Amanda has led the opening of a state-of-the-art Health, Sports and Fitness Centre in Albion, a purpose-built facility with cutting-edge equipment and Queensland’s first dedicated courts for the Paralympic sports of Goalball and Boccia. The new centre embodies what Amanda has worked towards for years – enhancing the lives of those around her.
Sporting Wheelies make active lives possible, enhancing the lives of people with a disability through health and fitness, sport, active recreation, and building inclusive communities.
Michael Dobbie, Senior Manager, Infrastructure Advisory, PwC
Michael is a former Paralympian and Senior Manager in PwC’s Infrastructure Advisory team where he leads the firm’s vision to create a more inclusive environment and greater employment opportunities for people with a disability. He has 20+ years lived experience in disability and has held leading positions in government across the infrastructure and transport, social services, small business and education portfolios.
Combining his personal and professional experience, Michael is a passionate advocate of the importance of embedding accessibility in physical and social infrastructure. He represented Australia in wheelchair tennis at five World Team Cups and the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games.
Kylie Nixon, Public and Active Transport Lead, Arup
Kylie is a local transport planner with 24 years’ experience across Australasia, Republic of Ireland and the UK focusing on public and active travel. Kylie provided a range of transport services to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, including transport assessment and inputs to design for cycling, walking and public transport, plus mitigation of the effects of the London 2012 Olympic Park development and allocation of funds on behalf of the Olympic Delivery Authority.
Kylie has delivered public and active transport strategies in SEQ including the SEQ Park‘n’Ride Demand Management Strategy, SEQ Bus Priority Project Framework, Brisbane Active Transport Network Plan, and the Ipswich iGO Active Transport Action Plan and Public Transport Advocacy and Action Plan.
Our panellists will talk about what has worked and what hasn’t around the Games, discuss learnings that could benefit SEQ businesses, and suggest what we should be doing now to prepare for 2032.
Join us for a discussion and Q&A session to start exploring the business of the Games.
The briefing is free and exclusive to Committee for Brisbane Members. Registrations will open soon.
Kindly hosted by The University of Queensland.
Corporate Leader Briefing with the Queensland Treasurer
Queensland Treasurer and Minister for Trade and Investment, the Hon Cameron Dick MP, will meet with Committee for Brisbane Corporate Leaders on 17 February.
The Treasurer’s appearance is part of an ongoing series of briefings from and to our Corporate Leaders with senior politicians and business people.
The intent of the briefings is for Corporate Leaders to share their insights and aspirations for our city and region with, and to hear from, political and business leaders.
The newly-elected Management Committee will spend time in February planning the year ahead for the Committee for Brisbane.
The annual planning session is an important agenda-setting exercise to enable the Committee to look at its priorities for the next year or two.
The 2022 planning session will be informed by feedback from our Member survey late last year which identified the Top 10 priority areas for the Committee’s attention:
- Olympic and Paralympic Games legacies
- Climate change resilience strategies and actions
- Regional transport, connectivity and mobility
- Innovation and entrepreneurship (the jobs and enterprises of tomorrow)
- Planning and urban development
- A “Brand” for Brisbane
- Net-zero emissions strategies and actions
- Public and social infrastructure
- Talent attraction and retention
- Affordable and social housing, including homelessness
Growing the Team
The Committee for Brisbane has advertised for a new team member for a part-time role as Events and Administration Coordinator.
The three-days per week role is a critical next step in the Committee’s growth and restructure to ensure we can service Members as effectively as possible.
The new role will be to co-ordinate the Committee’s public and private events, including event bookings, ticketing and RSVPs; manage and maintain membership accounts and databases; and provide administration support services for Committee projects and taskforces, as required.
The new position will enable Annie Macnaughton to focus on member engagement and management in a restructured role as Director – Engagement.