Brisbane 2033: Legacy Project

September 2022 Newsletter

September 2022 Newsletter

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Take me to the River

The Committee For Brisbane took to the water in early September for a private event on Brisbane Festival’s wonderful Art Boat.

About 180 members and friends enjoyed a cruise on the Brisbane River (Maiwar) – courtesy of this year’s Art Boat sponsor – The Star Entertainment Group – to visit four riverside developments: Howard Smith Wharves, Queens Wharf Brisbane, Waterfront Brisbane and South Bank.

A special thank you to Louise Bezzina, Artistic Director of Brisbane Festival, for welcoming guests aboard and to Luke Fraser (Howard Smith Wharves CEO), Matt Beasley (Dexus Project Director), Kelvin Dodt (The Star Entertainment Group COO) and Bill Delves (South Bank Corporation CEO) for sharing their insights on their respective projects.

The Committee might have to make this an annual event!

Brisbane Festival is a valued Affiliate member of the Committee. For anyone wanting a great corporate experience during this year’s Festival, please reach out to Rachael Rigg, Head of Partnerships and Engagement, at:

Making music together

One of the most rewarding aspects of a membership-based organisation is seeing organisations meet for the first time – and then transacting business together.

In June this year, the Committee facilitated a workshop, hosted by (Corporate Member) Grant Thornton, with more than 30 people from creative industries and Committee corporate members to establish a Creative Brisbane Collaboration.

A nice outcome from the introductions at the workshop was the recent announcement by Grant Thornton that it had become a corporate partner with (CFB Affiliate) QMusic and will specifically sponsor two QMusic projects this year, as well as assist with strategic planning.

At the event held to launch the Grant Thornton/QMusic partnership, (Affiliate) Chrysalis Projects was engaged to source and present a suite of local musicians.

All three groups first met at the CFB workshop.

Both Grant Thornton and QMusic made special mention that the relationship would not have started other than via the CFB project and introductions. Nice.

Our Creative Brisbane Vision:

Brisbane: the place to be.

A global city where creativity is valued and imagination empowered. Where innovation and collaboration drive a thriving economy and vibrant communities. Dream boldly.

Going round in circles to help save the planet

The Committee was privileged to recently be invited to a private meeting in the boardroom of the Hon Meaghan Scanlon, Minister for the Environment and the Great Barrier Reef and Minister for Science and Youth Affairs.

The purpose was to meet with Professor Dr Jacqueline Cramer, the former Dutch Minister of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment and Professor of Sustainable Innovation.

The discussions focussed on accelerating the transition towards a Circular Economy.

CEO Barton Green took the opportunity to discuss the Committee’s Brisbane 2033 Legacy Project and its bold circular economy initiatives, including:

  • Acknowledging the Olympic Agenda 2020 recommendation to “include sustainability practices in all aspects of the Olympic Games”, Brisbane 2032 will be zero waste Olympic and Paralympic Games and south east Queensland will be Australia’s first circular economy region.

Prof Cramer’s visit was curated through a partnership with the Netherlands Diplomatic Missions in Australia, RMIT University and Planet Ark’s Circular Economy Hub.

Welcome Gabrielle

The Committee For Brisbane is pleased to announce the appointment of Gabrielle Bowkett as its Communication and Events Manager.

Gabrielle will be primarily responsible for the oversight of all CFB events and working with the CEO on internal and external communications.

The ability to create the new, full-time role, is a result of CFB’s strong financial position thanks to membership renewal and support.

Please join us in welcoming Gabrielle.

New Members

The Committee recently welcomed five new Members and one Affiliate

Corporate Member



  • Rebecca Lehman
  • Teresa Kelleher
  • Nigel Harris
  • Andrew Cavallaro


  • Qld Trust for Nature

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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