February Newsletter 2023
February Newsletter 2023
Launching an Australian-first
An Australian-first collaboration between the creative economy and commerce will be launched in Brisbane on 15 March.
Auspiced by the Committee for Brisbane, the Creative Brisbane Collab. has brought together more than 75 organisations and individuals to act as single voice to articulate and advocate on behalf of the creative sector/industries as a driving force in city life and the economy.
Borne from an idea generated as part of the Committee’s Brisbane 2033 Legacy Project in 2021, the Creative Brisbane Collab.’s purpose is to see Brisbane recognised as a global city of creativity. Its Mission is:
- To promote Brisbane as a city where creativity is everywhere and arts and story-telling are embedded in daily life
- To build strong, positive relationships between Brisbane’s corporate sector and its creative industries
- To facilitate structured and ongoing engagement between industry and creativity to harness our strengths for mutual benefit
- To advocate 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
- To help the broader community to embrace and celebrate creativity, in all its forms, as a foundation of Brisbane’s identity
- To facilitate public and private forums for the purpose of furthering the Vision, Purpose and Mission
Collab. Member, The Princess Theatre, will host the public launch of the Collab on Wednesday 15 March.
Proposal to establish a SEQ Knowledge Council
The Committee for Brisbane proposed the establishment of a South East Queensland Knowledge Council in a presentation to the Brisbane 2032 Legacy Committee in December.
Committee CEO Barton Green told the Legacy Committee that knowledge, innovation and entrepreneurship were the foundation stones of modern economies, where creativity influenced and informed good business and decision-making.
As a Games legacy, south east Queensland could establish Australia’s first Knowledge Council – a partnership between governments, business, industry and universities that would send a powerful, public signal and invitation to investors, innovators and entrepreneurs.
Comprised of eminent academics and business people, and senior bureaucrats, the SEQ Knowledge Council would be charged with the responsibility to curate our knowledge economy infrastructure: connectivity – digital and hard infrastructure, facilities – for living and working, governance, resilience, and research and development.
The SEQ Knowledge Council would bring together the respective functions and capabilities of the partners in planning and development, trade and investment, research and skills capacity and, critically, regional coordination – a shared purpose.
Operating under a Vision, purpose and governance framework, the SEQ Knowledge Council could be tasked with developing a “Knowledge Precincts” Vision for the region, linked to Queensland and federal science goals and manufacturing priorities.
The Committee’s Brisbane 2033 Legacy Project suggested that Knowledge Precincts could be new enterprise, living and employment hubs that link major redevelopment precincts, transportation networks and knowledge economy engines.
Examples of potential Knowledge Precincts might include The Mill at Moreton Bay, Caboolture West, the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct, Beerwah East, the Bromelton State Development Area and the Southern Gateway in Logan.
The next step beyond Knowledge Precincts – to elevate coordination, cooperation and promotion – could be to develop an East-West Knowledge and Enterprise Corridor, linking Precincts across SEQ.
Curated by the SEQ Knowledge Council, the East-West Knowledge and Enterprise Corridor could be a chain of knowledge-based employment and residential hubs that develop their own centres of gravity around areas of specialisation, be it robotics, XR and AI capabilities, logistics, advanced manufacturing, agriculture and more.
Such opportunities must start with structured coordination and collaboration between governments, academia, business and industry – something that could be achieved through the partnership of a SEQ Knowledge Council.
Deadly designing – inspiration from Country
The Committee’s first public event for 2023 will explore opportunities to embed the First Nations stories associated with waters, land and sky into Brisbane’s/Meanjin’s character – through landscape and architecture.
With a keynote address from Traditional Owner and senior storyteller Shannon Ruska – a descendant of the Yuggera, Turrbal, Nunukul, Gorenpul/Cooperoo, and Yugembir peoples – “Deadly designing – inspiration from Country” will commence a process to co-develop a Meanjin Design Protocol (working title only).
The intent of the Protocol will be to establish an integrated and inclusive design and engagement approach that prioritises the representation of culturally-appropriate First Nations knowledge in the built and landscape environments.
Shannon will be joined by another keynote speaker, Peter Hyland from the University of Queensland, and both will then participate in a panel discussion with Deb Robbins from landscape architects Taylor Cullity Lethlean and Michael Stott from international architecture firm DBI.
This promises to be a stimulating and informative event.
Tickets available here
Artwork used for this story: “Bambara: a pathway through the southeast” by Delvene Cockatoo-Collins, 2022.
Wanted: Projects Manager
The Committee for Brisbane is seeking to employ a Projects Manager who will primarily be responsible for planning and overseeing projects (people, policy and research), from initial ideation through to completion.
The role will coordinate Committee members, stakeholders, partners and processes to deliver projects on time, within budget and with the desired outcomes, working closely with members and stakeholders to actively engage them in the Committee’s numerous activities.
The Projects Manager will be responsible for the organisation and management of subcommittees and the coordination of evidence-based research and policy development activities aimed at returning value to members and achieving the Committee for Brisbane’s goals.
Further information here
Queensland Youth Orchestras Gala Dinner
Committee for Brisbane Affiliate, Queensland Youth Orchestras, is holding a Fundraising Gala Dinner on Saturday 25 March.
In late 2022, the Committee held an enjoyable event with the QYO at its home in the Old Museum at Bowen Hills, where we heard about opportunities to refurbish the grand old building.
The Gala Dinner will be in the Old Museum, and Director of Music, Simon Hewett, says it will be “heaps of fun – an elegant and entertaining evening, with lots of music, performances from a wide range of QYO groups and soloists, great food and company”.
Tickets are available here.
Brisbane Open House 2023: plans are well underway
Expressions of Interest have opened for buildings that would like to participate in Brisbane Open House 2023 Expressions of Interest | Brisbane Open House | Unlock Your City
The Committee for Brisbane was a founding member of BOH and we have a big soft spot for this important event for our city. The 2023 BOH weekend will be held on 15 – 16 July.
Building on the success of last year’s expanded program, BOH 2023 will see the return of an Iconic Precinct and more Villages of Brisbane tours.
The Committee recently welcomed two new Members
- Emma Hancock