Brisbane 2033: Legacy Project

June 2023 Newsletter

June 2023 Newsletter

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Registrations open for Business of the Games #7

The Committee’s seventh briefing in its Business of the Games series will be held on Tuesday 27 June (at a CBD venue to be advised).

Committee CEO Barton Green will provide a briefing on “Contracts, commitments and opportunities for business”, sharing a presentation he has delivered to Councils and business organisations across SEQ over the past few months.

2032 offers myriad opportunities for businesses, big and small, to participate in the provision of goods and services for the Games, but the procurement process will require some high competency standards.

BotG#7 will provide an overview of the opportunities for business, in the context of the Host City contractual requirements.

Registration is open to Committee for Brisbane members only: BoTG #7 registration

Members please use your membership code to secure your ticket. If you have any issues please contact for assistance.


Have your say on the Brisbane 2032 Legacy Plan Consultation Paper

The Committee for Brisbane is pleased to see that a number of ideas presented in its October 2021 Brisbane 2033 Legacy Project have been referenced in the Brisbane 2032 Legacy Plan Consultation Paper.

While claiming no credit for the inclusion of the ideas, the Committee notes the pleasing consistency of views shared across the Queensland community about the ambitions that constitute legacy.

The Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games Legacy Plan is being developed by the State Government to set a strategic vision for the legacy outcomes we want to achieve as a city, state, nation and Oceania region.

It is intended to provide a framework for how all levels of government, and the Olympic and Paralympic movements, can work with the community to plan and make decisions in the years ahead.

The Elevate 2042: The Brisbane 2032 Legacy Consultation Paper summarises nearly 14,000 legacy ideas that have been shared to date through a survey, stakeholder engagement and the Brisbane 2032 Legacy Forum.

The State Government is now seeking feedback on the consultation Paper (by 25 June) and is asking if “the themes and focus areas are right and if the vision describes what we want to achieve by 2042”? Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games Legacy Consultation Survey | DSDILGP – Department of State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning

Released in late May, the “Elevate 2042 – Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games Legacy Consultation Paper” contains numerous references to projects/ideas/themes that were included in the Committee’s Brisbane 2033 Legacy Project:

  • Olympic and Paralympic Housing Trust: Explore potential for using the athletes’ villages across the region to help address affordable housing supply.
  • Legacy Forests: Enhance biodiversity, reduce carbon and cool the Earth by investing in an Olympic forest or planting a tree for every ticket sold.
  • Zero Waste to Landfill by 2032: Support a low carbon, circular economy through the introduction of enhanced waste management and material passports for all new venues and infrastructures.
  • Make Walking or Wheeling Easy and Enjoyable: Develop dedicated, safe and engaging pedestrian networks connecting venues and precincts locally and region-wide.
  • A Future-Fit Transport System for South East Queensland: Enhanced and inclusive mass transit solution that unlocks other legacy benefits for South East Queensland.
  • First Nations Language and Culture: Celebrate the local languages through signage, naming conventions, stories, school curriculum and the Opening Ceremony.
  • Develop Digital Solutions that Create Regional Opportunities: Invest in digital infrastructure and partnerships to enhance equity and accelerate economic outcomes.
  • Universal Access: All Olympic and Paralympic venues, precincts, live sites and infrastructure are accessible to everyone.
  • Three World Class Innovation Clusters: Building new economic opportunity in key future sectors, including augmented and virtual reality, bio-medical and environmental technology
  • Sports City: Establish Brisbane as the sports high performance and technology capital of the Southern Hemisphere, supported by hubs across the South East Queensland region.
  • 2042 Talent Strategy: Attract, upskill, retain, and transition talent to make us ready for the jobs of the future.
  • South East Queensland Music Plan: Our live music scene is flourishing and expresses our identity to the world.

Nominate an under-40 city leader for recognition

The Committee for Brisbane is proud to be a foundation sponsor of the inaugural Queensland 40 Under 40 Awards Program and encourages members to nominate themselves or a worthy other for the 2023 program.

Established by CFB member InQueensland and The Weekend Edition, 40 Under 40 seeks to acknowledge the movers and shakers of the young business world, the ground-breakers, the visionaries, the quiet achievers, the game changers and the inspiring young Queenslanders helping to shape the future of our state.

The program will not only recognise the personal determination and commercial drive of young business leaders, but also the philanthropic pursuits that balance these individuals’ professional achievements.

CFB Chief Partnership Officer Liana Heath is on the 2023 judging panel.

The 40 Under 40 Awards are open to business owners and executives/professionals who have made an impact for Queensland and are under the age of 40 as at 1 July each year.

Nominations close on Friday 16 June: 40 Under 40 Nominations – InQueensland + The Weekend Edition (

Big ideas presented to Advisory Council

Brisbane 2032 Organising Committee CEO Cindy Hook was a special guest presenter at the Committee for Brisbane’s recent Advisory Council planning day.

Under a new format, Advisory Council members were joined by the Management Committee to hear presentations from four guest speakers before considering the challenges and opportunities for Brisbane and south east Queensland:

  1. “Global Megatrends” presented by Dr Stefan Hajkowicz, Senior Principal Scientist – Strategy and Foresight, CSIRO
  2. “Priorities for south east Queensland” presented by Scott Smith, CEO of the Council of Mayors (SEQ)
  3. “Everything, everywhere, all at once” presented by Matthew Mackey, Executive Director – Cost & Commercial at Arcadis on the challenges of Queensland’s ambitious public and private sector infrastructure programs and the resource capacity to deliver
  4. “Funding 2032 – how business can participate” presented by Cindy Hook, CEO, Brisbane 2032 Organising Committee.

The primary takeouts for the Committee’s attention included:

  • The need to agitate (with others) for a better and clearer response to the critical transport and connectivity infrastructure needs of south east Queensland
  • Instituting a comprehensive approach to the resourcing (and scheduling) of the significant capital works programs across south east Queensland, including Games-related infrastructure, the State’s hospital capital works program, the SEQ City Deal opportunities and more.

New research project: next generation skills and industries

The Committee for Brisbane has partnered with member Arup to initiate a new research project, looking at the next generation skills and industries for south east Queensland.

The purpose of the project is to analyse SEQ contextual factors – geographical location, climate, transport, demographics, access to universities, digital networks, government policies and plans – to identify next generation skills and industries and to assess and quantify SEQ’s ability to develop, attract and retain emerging future industries.

Arup will use its built environment expertise to undertake an additional layer of research that considers the region’s ability to attract and maintain emerging priority industries and skills through its built environment capability.

The project is scheduled to be completed in August, with the results released at a public event in September 2023.


Dream Boldly with Queensland Youth Orchestras’ Director of Music

Simon Hewett, Director of Music for (Committee for Brisbane Affiliate) Queensland Youth Orchestras, reveals Brisbane’s great untold story in the latest episode of the Dream Boldly podcast series.

Simon discusses Brisbane’s relationship with music and what has been, until now, a city secret – Brisbane’s reputation as a global leader in orchestral training and music education.

After spending 20 years with some of Europe’s leading opera and ballet companies, Simon returned home to help build greater Brisbane’s potential as a dominant force in the Pacific region.

Learn more about Simon’s unique experience and plans for the future of music, plus his call for the city to step into the spotlight.

The Dream Boldly series is an initiative of the Committee for Brisbane, co-produced by CFB Member Aruga, to introduce the best and brightest minds driving greater Brisbane forward — showcasing thought-provoking conversations, unpacking big ideas and sharing aspirations for the future.

In each Dream Boldly episode, host Adam Brunes from Aruga interviews Brisbane leaders, inviting them to share stories you haven’t yet heard.

You can listen to the podcast series here: Dream Boldly Podcast | The Committee for Brisbane

Your views on Global Megatrends

At is recent event “Global Megatrends: the view from Brisbane”, the audience was asked for its views on five Megatrend provocations.

About 65% of the room voted (164 people) and responded:

  1. Are we doing enough to respond to the future impacts of climate change? 86% No
  2. Is spending more money on preventative health the best way to meet the challenges of an ageing population? 85% Yes
  3. Is Australia’s increased defence spending an appropriate response to geopolitical shifts? 63% Yes
  4. Are you ready to embrace the next wave of digitisation of our economy and lifestyle? 73% Yes
  5. Will Artificial Intelligence help to boost productivity and solve humanity’s greatest challenges? 70% Yes

Eat your heart out!

On behalf of our colleagues at Brisbane Economic Development Agency, we are very pleased to be asking our members and friends to get out of the house in June and dine around town.

Dine BNE City is back for a third year with its biggest program of exciting offers and events ever, encouraging locals and visitors to discover some of Brisbane city’s best restaurants and bars.

For the month of June there is an incredible line-up of more than 110 delicious deals from 70 of Brisbane’s best restaurants and bars, including a tasty range of Let’s Do Lunch offers!

Do your bit for Brisbane and eat to your heart’s content. Check out the amazing deals:

Welcome new members

The Committee recently welcomed five new members and three Affiliates.

Corporate Member

  • Health and Wellbeing Qld (upgraded from Affiliate)

Associate Member

  • Monica Saralertsophon
  • Tania Kennedy
  • Therese Dogra

Student Member

  • Trevor Gormley


  • Meander Festival
  • QSport
  • Green and Gold Athletes Australia

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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