Brisbane 2033: Legacy Project

July 2023 Newsletter

July 2023 Newsletter

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The Business of Sport: a global brand view

Hear from one of the world’s biggest brands – Amazon Web Services (AWS) – at our next event as we discuss the opportunities for sport, business and community that global attention can bring.

Sponsored by CFB Members Ministry of Sport and APP Group, our next event on 19 July will hear a keynote address from AWS Principal – Sports Enterprise, Paul Devlin, before he joins a panel to talk about global brands and the opportunities for our city, region and State as they start turning their eyes towards Brisbane and 2032.

Tickets can be purchased here: The Business of Sport: a global brand view 

Creative Brisbane Collab. AGM

The inaugural Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Creative Brisbane Collab. will be held at The Princess Theatre on Wednesday 19 July.

The Collab. now has more than 100 members Our Members — Creative Brisbane Collaboration who will be asked to elect a new Management Committee at the AGM.

The Collab. has recorded a number of great outcomes in its first few months, including the establishment of a Parliamentary Friends of Creativity group whose co-Patrons are State MPs Jonty Bush (ALP) and John-Paul Langbroek (LNP).

The Voice: survey of members

Australia is having a conversation about the Voice referendum and the Committee for Brisbane is surveying its members to ask “how informed are you?”.

The Committee provides a platform for robust discourse and debate on big ideas and issues shaping our region.

In late 2023, Australians will have their say in a referendum about whether to change the Constitution to recognise the First Peoples of Australia by establishing an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice.

The Voice to Parliament will be a permanent body to make representations to the Australian Parliament and the Executive Government on legislation and policy of significance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

In the lead-up to the referendum, the Committee is asking “what do you need to know to be fully informed?”, prior to casting your vote.

Any CFB Member who would like to participate in the survey – but has not received the survey link – is invited to contact us as

Committees for capital cities CEOs meet

The CEOs from the Committees for Adelaide (Sam Dighton), Brisbane (Barton Green), Melbourne (Mark Melvin), Perth (Paula Rogers) and Sydney (Eamon Waterford) met in Sydney recently for the first time in several years after the interruption of COVID on interstate travel.

A significant part of the meeting was spent exchanging membership structures, event and income models and relationships with various levels of government.

The Committees for Brisbane and Sydney presented a proposal for a national project on the “safety of women in public places after dark” that was unanimously endorsed.

The Committee for Brisbane also presented its new Liveability Indices project (developed with CFB Corporate Leader members Urbis and Ipsos) for consideration, and it was agreed in principle to proceed with the Index as a national project.

The CEOs agreed that it was appropriate for Australia’s capital cities to start to demand some better attention from governments and, to that end, will explore national (capital city) initiatives together.

A further meeting is being considered for October.

Housing Action Lab project completed

The Committee for Brisbane CEO recently held a briefing for members to close out the two-year Housing Action Lab project that was conducted in partnership with CFB members DBI, Peddle Thorp and Urbis; CFB Affiliates QShelter and Queensland Council of Social Service; and Meals on Wheels and Brisbane Zero.

The project outcome – Blueprint for a Homeness Trust – will now be taken forward by QShelter as part of the Games Legacy process.

Any person interested in reading the Blueprint is invited to seek a copy via

Critically, as part of the State Government’s Elevate 2042: Brisbane 2032 Olympic & Paralympic Games Legacy Consultation Paper, under the “Sport, Health and Social Inclusion” section, there is a proposed legacy for:

Olympic and Paralympic Housing Trust: Explore potential for using the athletes’ villages across the region to help address affordable housing supply.

This is a particularly rewarding outcome for CFB after we proposed in our (October 2021) Brisbane 2033 Legacy Project, Equity Action Plan:

There is a home for everyone in south east Queensland, supported by an Olympics and Paralympics Housing Trust that repurposes Games’ infrastructure for social and affordable housing. This may include post-Games building conversions or the sale or leasing of Games’ assets to fund housing programs.

CFB will remained involved as part of QShelter’s project reference group.

Affiliates and Friends EOFY event

More than 40 representatives of Committee for Brisbane Affiliates got together on 30 June for the annual EOFY Affiliates and Friends networking event at (CFB Member) Howard Smith Wharves.

The bi-annual networking event is a great way for the Committee’s Affiliates to meet and share stories – and there is generally new business and/or relationships developed each time.

The recent event attracted representatives from:

  • Ai Group
  • Artisan
  • BNE Open House
  • Braille House
  • Brisbane Junior Chamber of Commerce
  • Cement Concrete & Aggregates Australia
  • Civil Contractors Federation Qld
  • Fashion Council Queensland
  • Green & Gold Athletes Australia
  • Heavy Vehicle Industry Association
  • La Boite Theatre
  • Live Performance Australia
  • Meander Festival
  • Preston Campbell Foundation
  • Property Leaders Brisbane
  • QSport
  • Queenslanders with a Disability Network
  • Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association
  • Suburban Alliance

40 Under 40 Gala Awards 2023

Committee for Brisbane members and friends are invited to attend the inaugural 40 Under 40 Gala Awards, presented by CFB Member InQueensland and The Weekend Edition, to announce Queensland’s inspiring young leaders for 2023.

Supported by the Committee for Brisbane (a category sponsor), whose Chief Partnership Officer Liana Heath is on the judging panel, the 40 under 40 Awards celebrate the passion, vision and achievements of Queensland young entrepreneurs and leaders.

The Awards will be held on Thursday, July 20 from 6pm at Brisbane Powerhouse where the 40 finalists will be announced and individual category awards for outstanding achievements presented.

Julia Spicer, Queensland Chief Entrepreneur, who leads the judging panel said, “these awards offer a chance to showcase the great activity that happens and the great drive and ambition that people have at young ages. My vision for the next five years for Queensland is that we continue to look at ways to genuinely engage more Queenslanders to create economic prosperity.”.

The evening will include a three-course dinner, premium beverages and the opportunity to network with Queensland’s finest young leaders.

Tickets can be purchased here: 40 Under 40 Gala Awards 2023 | Queensland Tickets, Thu, Jul 20, 2023 at 6:00 PM | Eventbrite

Brisbane Open House is (just about) open

Brisbane Open House (a CFB Affiliate) is back  for 2023, with an incredible showcase of the city’s architectural and historically significant treasures open to the public on Saturday and Sunday July 15 and 16.

The free annual event will open its doors to some of Brisbane’s most iconic and intriguing buildings, giving visitors a unique opportunity to explore the city’s rich architectural heritage.

80 buildings, spaces, structures and places will be open across greater Brisbane – as well as 13 entertainment activations, five urban precincts, kids’ activities, guided tours and talks, plus the return of our much-loved residential spaces to the program.

Details of each participating building, tours, transport and more can be found here: What’s On | Brisbane Open House | Unlock Your City


National NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia in the first week of July each year (Sunday to Sunday), to celebrate and recognise the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

NAIDOC Week is an opportunity for all Australians to learn about First Nations cultures and histories and participate in celebrations of the oldest, continuous living cultures on earth. You can support and get to know your local Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities through activities and events held across the country.

NAIDOC Week poster – The 2023 National NAIDOC Week Poster, ‘For Our Elders’, designed by Ngarluma, Kariyarra, Nyulnyul and Yawuru artist Bobbi Lockyer.

NAIDOC Week Events

Wednesday 5 July 2023

NAIDOC Week jewellery making, Inala Library, creating great pieces of wearable art.

Inala NAIDOC Family Day, dance performances, information stalls and rides.

Great book swap, UQ St Lucia Campus by UQ Indigenous Engagement Events, support the Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) to provide books and learning resources to children living in remote communities across Australia. Choose a book, make a small donation, and start reading!

Queensland Tourism Industry Council NAIDOC Corporate Breakfast, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre to celebrate this year’s theme ‘For Our Elders’ and recognise the invaluable contributions of First Nations people who have been instrumental in developing the First Nations tourism sector in Queensland.

Burnie Brae Chermside, celebration with cultural performances. The Turrbal Tribe will perform a traditional Welcome to Country ceremony and dance.

Gold Coast Titans NAIDOC Community Event, the Titans with Kalwun Health’s Community Day to celebrate NAIDOC Week, with musical and dance performances.

NAIDOC Celebration Five Bridges, Beenleigh, share stories, have a feed and yarn with others about the great things we are achieving as a nation.

Thursday 6 July 2023

Indigenous Art Program – Virtual reality activation, Brisbane Square Library, Brett Leavy from Bilbie XR Lab will facilitate three activations that will allow participants to experience Brisbane prior first settlement through virtual reality.

Friday 7 July 2023

Musgrave Park Family Fun Day at Musgrave Park, South Brisbane, children’s activities, face painting and live performances.

Keynote Lecture with Professor Marcia Langton AO, UQ Advanced Engineering Building, St Lucia, first inaugural Keynote Lecture which will be delivered by Professor Marcia Langton AO, Associate Provost at the University of Melbourne and internationally renowned anthropologist, geographer and academic.

Mangal Bungal: Clever Hands, Queensland Museum from 7 July 2023 to Sunday 9 July 2023 brings remote Jiigurru (Lizard Island) Country to Queensland Museum through artworks made from natural materials from Jiigurru and a planetarium experience of the island and its cultural sites.

Bond University Women’s Network Speak Up Forum, at Robina, an afternoon of wonderful conversation, stories, leadership and inspiration with two of Southern Queensland’s most influential Aboriginal Women Elders, Aunty Mary Graham and Aunty Ruth Hegarty.

Saturday 8 July 2023

Brisbane NAIDOC Ball at Brisbane City Hall, is a night of celebration and recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mob in South-East Queensland.

Aboriginal art and culture workshop, Karawatha Forest, special Aboriginal art and cultural workshop with Rick Roser.

Wednesday 12 July 2023

Brisbane: Empowering Pathways: Celebrating First Nations Excellence in STEM, QUT Gardens Point Campus, First Nations Career Event, representation and diversity are at the core of this event, which aims to highlight the accomplishments of First Nations individuals and their profound impact on shaping the future.

Friday 14 July 2023

Acacia Ridge NAIDOC – For Our Elders, Aboriginal and Islander Independent Community School (The Murri School) will have dance performances, community stalls, children’s rides and activities.

Saturday 15 July 2023

NAIDOC Community Festival, Manly, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in the Bayside area will be celebrating NAIDOC Week and their achievements as a community organisation.

Saturday 22 July 2023

Mindle Bygul Aboriginal Corporation NAIDOC Day, Deception Bay, Welcome to Country, Elders tent, Uncle Roger Knox, Gibbah Gunyah Dancers, side show alley! and loads of free activities.

July 2023

NAIDOC Week Poster Exhibition 3 July to 18 July the Ipswich Community Gallery will host an exhibition of NAIDOC week posters from 1972 -the present in conjunction with NAIDOC week and Spark Festival.

Celebrating NAIDOC WEEK Exhibition Display, July 2023, Redland Museum is displaying a collection of Aboriginal artefacts. These are on loan from Arthur Palmer, a museum trained ethnographer with a background of four decades in traditional Australian Aboriginal Culture.

First Nations Film Festival – NAIDOC– 2 to 9 July 2023 streaming 6 powerful First Nation feature stories until 31 July 2023, let’s honour the voices of First Nations artists and filmmakers who have used their talents to inspire change and make a difference for their communities.

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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