Brisbane 2033: Legacy Project

June 2021 Newsletter

June 2021 Newsletter

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All hail the President

Corporate Leaders, Patrons, Advisory Council and Management Committee members were treated to the hospitality of The Star Entertainment Group on 3 June at the annual President’s Drinks, held at the Will and Flow bar and restaurant over the Brisbane River.

More than 40 Members enjoyed the company of two State Ministers, the Hon Grace Grace, Minister for Education, Minister for Industrial Relations and Minister for Racing (who was representing the Premier); and the Hon Stirling Hinchliffe, Minister for Tourism Industry Development and Innovation and Minister for Sport.

The President’s Drinks is an annual event to thank the Committee’s most senior members for their support, and to mix in a social setting with some of Brisbane’s biggest thinkers.

President Mike Gillen and Vice-Presidents Kylie Blucher and Peter Kelly spoke to the Ministers and guests about the Committee’s recent achievements and ambitious forward agenda.

Housing Action Lab underway

While it’s been a while coming, the Housing Action Lab homelessness project got underway on 21 May with a start-up workshop, hosted by Corporate Leader Urbis.

The Committee for Brisbane has had the issue of homelessness on its agenda for some time as we have looked for ways that our organisation and members can play a constructive and supportive role.

While a number of CFB members are already contributing their own resources to solutions to homelessness, the Committee was keen to also play a role, which has resulted in a partnership with the Housing Action Lab (HAL on a project to address aspects of homelessness in our region (and beyond).

QShelter has provided seed funding for the project that has brought together business and community leaders to answer: “What transformative actions can we take together today to deliver the housing solutions of tomorrow, creating prosperity for all ages and life stages?”.

Committee for Brisbane Members Urbis, Lendlease and Deicke Richards and Affiliates the Queensland Council of Social Service, BHC Creating Liveable Communities and Zonta Club of Brisbane are participating in HAL with funding and resources.

HAL will establish a number of dedicated work groups to look at five aspects of shelter:

  1. Homelessness
  2. Funding models
  3. New ways to operate
  4. Loneliness and wellbeing
  5. Housing affordability

HAL is looking for three or four more corporate partners. If any member is interested, please email:

First Nations Advisory Group being established

The Committee for Brisbane will soon announce the establishment of its First Nations Advisory Group that will be a source of knowledge and information to the Committee to ensure that our projects and actions take proper account of First Nations aspirations, issues, policies and programs.

The Advisory Group is being set up with the advice of Committee Member Cameron Costello, the former CEO of the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation on Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island).

The intent of the Advisory Group is to ensure the Committee is able to receive advice/input at the start of any activity and to help the Committee identify opportunities to be publicly active in support of relevant First Nations’ agendas.

Terms of Reference have been drafted for the Advisory Group and, with the help of Cameron and other Indigenous Committee Members, invitations will soon be issued to a number of south east Queensland First Nations representatives to help form the Group.

Brisbane 2033 Legacy project Phase 2 nearing completion

Accenture, Aurecon, Deloitte and PwC have been hard at work over the past few weeks working with Members on our ambitious Brisbane 2033 Legacy project.

The four companies have been using their strategic planning processes, and the skills and experience of myriad Committee Members, to develop strategic frameworks and timelines to deliver on 20 SMART Goals published in the Committee’s Policy Paper.

About 120 people, representing more than 60 Member companies, are working on one or more of the 20 SMART Goals. As was expected, the large numbers have broken into smaller work groups to tackle a specific SMART Goal.

By the end of June, the working groups will report back to the Committee with their suggestions on how to achieve the nominated legacies for Brisbane and south east Queensland, which will then be published and used by the Committee to advocate to all levels of government.

The Committee is promoting the project through a series of infographics and short videos on LinkedIn. Watch our first video in the series.

Briefing for the Deputy Premier

The Committee held a private briefing with the Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning on 19 May, hosted by Urbis, where Dr Stephen Miles had a chance to hear from Corporate Leaders and Patrons about issues and opportunities for greater Brisbane.

Dr Miles was presented with a copy of the Committee’s new publication “From good to great – economic, environmental and social opportunities for south east Queensland (2021)”.

This is the first in what will be an annual publication of big ideas, suggestions and aspirations for our city and region, written by some of our senior members and Advisory Council members.

20 authors contributed to the paper, which will be used to brief local, state and federal governments about visionary opportunities for south east Queensland:

  • Julieanne Alroe, Member, Advisory Council, Committee for Brisbane
  • Kylie Blucher, Managing Director, Nine Queensland and Nine Northern NSW
  • David Carter, Group CEO, RACQ
  • Roy Cummins, Chief Executive Officer, Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd
  • Li Cunxin AO, Artistic Director, Queensland Ballet
  • Professor Ian Frazer AC, CEO and Director of Research, Translational Research Institute
  • Dr Jessica Gallagher, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Global Engagement and Entrepreneurship, The University of Queensland
  • Dr Mike Gillen, Industry Director – Cities, AECOM
  • Gert-Jan de Graaff, Chief Executive Officer, Brisbane Airport Corporation
  • Barton Green, Chief Executive Officer, Committee for Brisbane
  • Sue Johnson, Group Executive, Queensland, Transurban
  • Dr Stephen Long, National Sector Leader Public, Architectus
  • Matthew Mackey, National Director – Cost & Commercial, Arcadis
  • Andrew McEwan, Director, Infrastructure Advisory, Aurecon
  • Kate Meyrick, Director, Urbis Future State
  • Sam Pearce, Global Infrastructure Principal – Asset Management, QIC
  • Raynuha Sinnathamby, Managing Director, Springfield City Group
  • Debbie Smith, Brisbane Managing Partner, National Mining Leader, PwC Australia
  • Steve Wilson AM, Chair, Advisory Council, Committee for Brisbane
  • Beth Woods, Committee for Brisbane, Arup

The case for improved connectivity in SEQ

The Committee recently lodged its response to the State Government’s survey on a south east Queensland Regional Infrastructure Plan, with a call for a more strategic approach to long-term planning for regional transport networks and mobility.

More than 15 Members contributed to the Committee’s response, collectively representing the very best thinking and experience in transport planning and delivery.

In a process led by President Mike Gillen, Industry Director – Cities, AECOM, the submission supported the State Government’s drive to provide a clear vision for infrastructure investment and prioritisation by updating the State Infrastructure Plan and delivering seven Regional Infrastructure Plans.

The Committee said connectivity and accessibility would help drive the performance of SEQ in its COVID recovery and its response to the challenges of population growth over the next 20-30 years, and identified that significant infrastructure projects require immediate funding and delivery if the transport network is to accommodate projected growth.

The sub-committee will soon start work on the Committee’s next Liveability Issues and Opportunities Paper – “An Integrated Transport and Mobility Plan for SEQ 2050” that will be published later in 2021.

Our thanks to sub-committee members:

  • Andrew McEwan, Infrastructure Advisory Leader, Aurecon
  • Anthony Simmons, Director, Systemwide Planning and Policy, Caltrain
  • Barton Green, CEO, Committee for Brisbane
  • Bob Bidwell, Director, Stradbroke Infrastructure Advisory
  • Brett Linnane, Associate – Transport Planning, Arup
  • Craig Christensen, Principal, Urban Solutions, Hatch RobertsDay
  • David Freer, Technical Director- Transport Planning, QLD Highways & Structures and Transport Planning, Arcadis
  • David Hertweck, Senior Manager, Planning and Environment, Port of Brisbane
  • David Oatley, Airport Planning Manager, BAC
  • Georgy Mayo, Government Relations and Industry Manager, Transurban
  • Heidi Cooper, Head of Corporate Affairs & Strategic Projects, Transurban
  • Jason Cooper, Director – Programme Management Office, Engineering, Design and Project Management, SNC-Lavalin Atkins
  • Laura O’Brien, Director, Infrastructure, Deloitte
  • Mike Gillen, Industry Director – Cities, AECOM
  • Rebecca Michael, Chief Communication Officer, RACQ
  • Robbie Claase, Head of Advisory, Asia Pacific, SNC-Lavalin Atkins
  • Stephen Hunt, Senior Development Analyst, Transurban

Can SEQ become Australia's first Smart Region?

This event will launch the Committee’s latest policy paper “South East Queensland: Australia’s First Data Community” that outlines the actions that can catapult SEQ into a future built on evidence-based decision making, better use of public funding and a more responsive way of building and creating cities.

Register here

  • Keynote Speaker: Romilly Madew AO, CEO, Infrastructure Australia
  • Panellists: Adam Beck, Executive Director, Smart Cities Council Australia & New Zealand; Greg Power, Smart Cities Development Manager, Suez; Helen Clarke, Partner-in-Charge Brisbane and Lead Partner, Corrs Cyber, Corrs Chambers Westgarth.
  • Panel Moderator: Amanda Newbery, Managing Director, Articulous

A copy of the policy Paper will be available to attendees on the day.

Wednesday, 16th June 2021, 12pm – 2pm, BCEC, Boulevard Room, South Brisbane.

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Welcome New members

The Committee recently welcomed 10 new Members and five Affiliates:

Corporate Leader

  • Deloitte (upgrade)
  • Springfield City Group

Corporate Member

  • OnTalent
  • QPAC
  • Faction Consulting

Enterprise Member

  • Open Architecture Studio
  • The Women’s College within UQ


  • Jeroen Devos
  • Brian Wyborn
  • Paul Rigo
  • Ann Mclean


  • Queensland Symphony Orchestra
  • Cement, Concrete and Aggregates Association
  • Business South Bank
  • Redlands Coast Chamber of Commerce
  • QMusic

Save the Date! All 2021-22 Corporate, Enterprise and Associate Members.

To kick off the new membership year all Corporate, Enterprise and Associate members please join us for drinks at Felon’s Barrel Hall on Thursday 15 July at 5.30pm. It will be a great opportunity to catch up with your fellow 2021-22 CfB members.

Registration details to follow soon.

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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