Brisbane 2033: Legacy Project

October 2023 Newsletter

October 2023 Newsletter

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Can SEQ be a global leader in sports tech?

Queensland’s Sports Minister Stirling Hinchliffe has a big ambition for the future of sports tech in Queensland – for the State to be a global leader in one of the world’s fastest-growing industries.

The Committee for Brisbane is delighted to be hosting the Minister at its next event on Thursday 2 November where he will share his vision.

We have also assembled a stellar panel of sports tech leaders, practitioners and advocates who will explore the opportunities for SEQ:

  • Facilitator: Professor Sarah Kelly OAM, Head, Graduate School of Business QUT; Director, Brisbane 2032 Organising Committee
  • Kate Davies, CEO, Netball Queensland
  • Tim Klar, CEO, QSport
  • Jon Shepherd, Co-founder, Playbck Sport
  • Dr Martin Schlegel, Executive Chair, Australian Sports Technologies Network

The sports tech sector has the potential to be a $1 billion industry in SEQ, with up to 10,000 new jobs.

Come along to hear more about this exciting industry. Tickets are available here: The Business of Sport

Feels like “Home”

The Committee for Brisbane is privileged to be hosting two exclusive, private tours of the historic “Home” at Kangaroo Point.

Tickets are limited to 100 visitors only.

Being lovingly restored by its owners (and Committee for Brisbane members), Dr Jane Wilson AO and Steve Wilson AM, heritage-listed Home is an architectural symbol of turn-of-the-century Brisbane and is on the Australian Institute of Architects’ list of nationally significant 20th century buildings.

Previously known locally as Lamb House, “Home” remained in the Lamb family for more than 100 years but was rapidly decaying and came close to ruin.

The Wilsons took charge in June 2021 and have pledged to restore, protect and care for this Brisbane icon.

The Committee for Brisbane is offering two, “sneak peek” site tours of Home on Sunday 19 November – at 2pm and 4pm.

Each 90-minute tour will be led by a project architect and conclude with canapés and drinks overlooking the Brisbane River.

Tickets are $300.00 plus GST per person (maximum two tickets) and strictly limited to 50 persons per tour: Home Tour

Net proceeds will be donated to Brisbane Open House to support its important activities.

The Committee’s newest Ambassador

The Committee for Brisbane is delighted to welcome Queensland Ballet Artistic Director Li Cunxin AO as its newest Ambassador.

Li recently stepped down from the Committee’s Advisory Council after more than four years, as he prepares for his retirement from QB at the end of 2023.

Li’s contribution to the Committee has been enormous, especially his ambition for the importance of the arts and culture sector in Brisbane that led to the Committee establishing the Creative Brisbane Collab. – an Australian-first collaboration between the creative sector and the corporate world.

Li joins the Committee’s other Ambassadors:

  • Sallyanne Atkinson AO
  • Nat Cook OAM OLY, and
  • Matthew Condon OAM

The Circular Economy Games

As the host city (region), Brisbane has committed to a circular economy approach to the Games in 2032. Are we up for that?

The International Olympic Committee’s Host city contract states: “The development of a holistic and integrated approach is essential to manage goods and materials throughout the Games lifecycle and optimise value throughout the process. Fundamentally this is about taking a circular economy approach and applying it to the staging of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.”

Just what does that mean in practice and how might government, business and industry respond?

Join the Committee for Brisbane and its panel of circular economy experts and practitioners to explore this important topic.

  • Anne Kovachevich, Sustainable Buildings and Precincts Lead, Mott MacDonald
  • Matthew Beasley, Project Director, Waterfront Brisbane, Dexus
  • Craig Wilson, Head of Sustainability, Port of Brisbane

This is member’s-only free event and tickets are available here: Business of the Games #9

Give a little bit

Next month, join CPL – Choice, Passion, Life on their journey to an inclusive and accessible future as they celebrate International Day for People with Disability on Thursday 30 November at their annual Giving Day.

This year, the CPL Giving Day is seeking to raise $100,000 in matched funds before the 30 November event, to help leverage a further $100,000 from its community members to double the impact.

Last year’s event raised more than $220,000 and CPL are looking for matched funders and volunteers to help make this their biggest and best event yet.

Funds raised are distributed through CPL’s Inclusion Impact Fund which supports organisations, startups and projects that are removing barriers for people with disability.

Additionally, you can share the gift of time by volunteering, with two-hour shifts alongside CPL’s corporate network join the day by registering as a calling volunteer here.

For more information about matched giving and volunteering, contact Charlotte Jones, CPL’s Grants, Trusts and Foundations Manager on 0466 569 131 or

Showcasing First Nations business

The Committee for Brisbane and the South East Queensland Indigenous Chamber of Commerce hosted a very successful Indigenous Business Showcase at the start of October, to celebrate Indigenous Business Month.

About 160 guests enjoyed meeting with nine First Nations businesses who showcased their services and wares, before and after a lunchtime panel discussion.

Two musical performances – by Harry Whaleboat, and Reece from Digi Youth Arts – and a dance performance by Olivia from Digi Youth Arts, added a special flavour to the day.

The event was an opportunity for corporate Brisbane to build relationships and connections with Indigenous businesses, and for First Nations suppliers to discuss procurement capabilities.

A special thank you to our event stallholders:

▪️ Baidam Solutions Pty Ltd

▪️ Beachtree Distilling Co.

▪️ CareerTrackers

▪️ Digi Youth Arts

▪️ SNAP Print & Design (Underwood)

▪️ SupplyAus Holdings

▪️ Tuff Yards Pty Ltd

▪️ Yaala Sparkling


Thanks also to our panellists:

  • Faciltator: Professor Cindy Shannon AM FAICD, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Indigenous, Diversity and Inclusion), Griffith University
  • Joshua Creamer, Member of Council, Griffith University, Barrister at Law
  • Adam Williams, Founder, SupplyAUS
  • Deb Palmer, National Programs Manager, QIC
  • Stephan Ballangarry, Managing Director, Tuff Yards

10 tips for First Nations start-ups

Committee for Brisbane Corporate Member HopgoodGanim Lawyers, in collaboration with Triple A Murri Country, Parallax Legal, Joshua Creamer, HumanizeMedia and with assistance from CFB Corporate Leader BDO, have co-designed 10 legal factsheets to support First Nations startups and to assist in avoiding common legal issues in the process of starting their business.

The factsheets were launched in October on Triple A 98.9fm Let’s Talk Business radio show, with a panel discussion hosted by Jyi Lawton talking with Leanne Collingburn from HopgoodGanim Lawyers, Josh Creamer and Stephanie Parkin from Parrallax Legal.

The factsheets are available at


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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