Brisbane 2033: Legacy Project

November 2022 Newsletter

November 2022 Newsletter

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Annual General Meeting

The AGM for the Committee for Brisbane will be held at 4.30pm on Wednesday 16 November at McCullough Robertson, Level 11, 66 Eagle Street, Brisbane.

Only Life Members, Financial Members or the Nominated Representative of a Financial Member are eligible to vote.

If you are unable to attend, please email your apology to:

To vote by proxy, please download and complete the proxy form: Proxy-Form-2022.pdf (

At least six new faces to be elected to Management Committee

Management Committee’s decision to implement a retirement and rotation policy will see at least six new faces elected at the upcoming AGM.

Several position will be elected unopposed to one-year terms:

  • President: Kylie Blucher, representing Corporate Leader Nine Queensland and Nine Northern NSW
  • Vice-President: Kristan Conlon, representing Corporate Leader McCullough Robertson Lawyers
  • Vice-President: Mike Kissane, representing Corporate Leader Deloitte (new to Management Committee)
  • Treasurer: Paul Gallagher, representing Corporate Leader BDO
  • Secretary: Meredith Hartigan, representing Corporate Member Tract (new to Management Committee)
  • Ordinary Member: Stephanie Paul from Enterprise Member Phillips Group
  • Ordinary Member: David Benett from Enterprise Member Hoyne (new to Management Committee)

17 valid nominations were received for up to seven other Ordinary Member positions on the Management Committee, for which a ballot will be required:

  • Seven nominations from Corporate Leaders were received for four available positions. Three of the nominees will be new to Management Committee, if successful
  • 10 nominations from Corporate Members were received for three available positions. All three successful candidates will be new to Management Committee

The nominees are:

Ordinary Member – Corporate Leader (4 positions)

  1. Caroline Riot, Griffith University
  2. Debbie Smith, PwC
  3. Julie McLellan, Healthy Land & Water
  4. Kelvin Dodt, Star Entertainment Group
  5. Martin Ryan, BAC
  6. Paul Turner, QUT
  7. Sandra Nilsen, Arup

Ordinary Member – Corporate Member (3 positions)

  1. Alan Patching, Bond University
  2. Chris Watson, Grant Thornton
  3. David O’Brien, Moore Australia
  4. Liza Valks, Ethos Urban
  5. Lucy O’Driscoll, Hassell
  6. Marko Lund, MBB
  7. Michael Kane, RACQ
  8. Penny Benjamin, ADP Consulting
  9. Peter Edwards, Archipelago
  10. Simon Forsyth, Mecone

Retirees from Management Committee

A number of Management Committee members agreed to not stand for re-election at this AGM to open the way up for some new faces.

Some have represented Members’ interests for many years and we extend our sincere thanks to:

  • Retiring Immediate Past-President, Mike Gillen
  • Retiring Vice-President, Peter Kelly
  • Retiring Secretary, Dai Gwynne Jones
  • Retiring Ordinary Members David Hertweck, Kate Meyrick and Steve Wilson AM

Dinner with the Brisbane 2032 President

Brisbane 2032 President of the Board, Andrew Liveris AO, was the special guest at a recent dinner with the Committee for Brisbane Executive, Advisory Council and Ambassador Sallyanne Atkinson AO.

Mr Liveris spoke about the Brisbane Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Brisbane 2032) and its multi-year, staged agenda to deliver the Games in 2032.

The contractual requirements with the International Olympic Committee will require local businesses to meet stringent circular economy and climate positive procurement standards, which will provide an opportunity for Queensland suppliers to improve to meet global standards.

The main job of Brisbane 2032 is to raise the funds to put on the Games – on top of significant funding provided by the IOC – and to ensure that athletes have a fantastic experience in south east Queensland.

Fifth Annual Inner City Vitality Report

The Committee’s fifth annual Inner City Vitality Report will be released on Thursday 17 November at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Sponsored by The Star Entertainment Group, the event will hear from a panel of experts as they dissect the 2022 report:

  • Lindsay Carroll, Interim CEO and Legal Practice Director, National Retail Association
  • Leanne Coddington, CEO, Tourism and Events Queensland
  • Shannon Willoughby, Director Government Relations and Policy, Office of the Vice-Chancellor, The University of Queensland
  • Antonia Mercorella, CEO, REIQ
  • Chris McCluskey, Group Executive Development Services, ISPT

Ticket sales close at COB on 14 November: Get your tickets here

What Members Want

Members recently competed the Committee for Brisbane’s annual survey, to provide feedback about how the Committee is performing and to identify priorities for 2023 and beyond.

About 20% of Members responded to the survey, which is a good result for these sorts of exercises.

More than 85% of respondents said they had attended one or more events in 2021, with 84% rating their overall satisfaction with events at 8 out of 10 or better – which is a terrific level of support.

Almost 70% of respondents rated their level of participation in Committee activities as five out of 10 or better – a strong result – and 67% scored their participation in Committee activities at 6 out of 10 or better for supporting areas of policy and advocacy that were important to them.

We asked Members to nominate areas of strategic priority for the Committee to consider. The Top 10 were (in order):

  1. Olympic and Paralympic Games legacies
  2. Affordable and social housing, including addressing homelessness
  3. Climate change resilience strategies and actions
  4. Planning and urban development leadership
  5. First Nations inclusivity and enterprise
  6. Regional transport, connectivity and mobility advocacy
  7. Net-zero emissions strategies and actions
  8. Trade and investment attraction (interstate and international) strategies
  9. Innovation and entrepreneurship (the jobs and enterprise of tomorrow)
  10. Circular economy strategies and actions (tied for 10th)
  11. Public and social infrastructure priorities (tied for 10th)

Lifers’ Lunch

Nine of the Committee’s former Presidents were recently hosted by current President Kylie Blucher for the first annual Lifers’ Lunch.

Kindly held in the offices of Corporate Leader Member Urbis, the lunch was a thank you to many of the individuals who led the organisation from its days as the Brisbane Development Association through to our current iteration.

Many stories were shared about experiences, good and bad, at the helm of an organisation whose brief is to be an influential, independent and visionary voice for a better Brisbane.

New Members

The Committee for Brisbane recently welcomed four new Members and Two new Affiliates.

Corporate Member

  • Michelson Alexander


Enterprise Member

  • Northrop Consulting Engineers



  • Jeff Humphreys
  • David Freer



  • Queensland Indigenous Chamber of Commerce
  • Australian Institute of Traffic Planning and Management

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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