Soon, a list of massive construction projects will create more opportunities to enjoy the city. It will be easier to get around. It will be a place that I will enjoy raising our family.
Entire lifestyle precincts have been created, in previously unloved parts of the city, and they rival or exceed what I’ve experienced elsewhere, including overseas.
With our CBD ever-growing the need to provide greater capacity is now more crucial than ever.
Brisbane has been doing a really good job of planning for the future and I actually think that city, if its plans come to fruition, is going to be the most progressive place in the next 10 years.
There has never been such a perfect alignment of infrastructure that will forever change the city.
Individually each of the projects is impressive but collectively they represent a once-in-a-generation level of investment coming on line within a narrow window of our city’s history. Over the next five years, Brisbane will experience investment in new major projects on a scale not seen even during Expo 88.
We have the large-scale structural strengthening with things like Cross River Rail, Brisbane Metro, the second airport runway, new cruise ship terminal and Queen’s Wharf on the horizon. There’s absolutely this sense that if you want to be anywhere over the next 10 years, it would be southeast Queensland.
The fact that these projects are largely being funded by the private sector shows that there is confidence that the loans used to build them can be repaid and the projects are needed.
The city is growing and the aviation industry is growing, so we need the capacity. The best airports are those with healthy home markets. We have population growth in southeast Queensland, an affluent populace and we also are attractive to tourists.
While Queensland is still feeling the impact of the end of the mining downturn, there is increasing investment in tourism and transport infrastructure. Large projects such as Cross River Rail, Queen’s Wharf and the Brisbane Live Entertainment Precinct will improve confidence in the years ahead.
We think waterfront destinations become a city’s face to the world. The process of developing this place (Waterfront Precinct) is the key to rediscovering and defining the identity of Brisbane. This is a world-leading project and will show how great public spaces can anchor and drive waterfront precincts.
That (development pipeline in the inner-city) will have a direct impact on economic activity and confidence in the market as well as having an impact on inner-city living because it will draw construction workers to the area. Couple that with population growth and the outlook is increasingly positive for Brisbane.
While many visitors to Queensland traditionally arrive via Brisbane, the increase in (visitor) numbers for the River City was significantly higher than increases in other regions of the state... the surge coincides with a new generation of tourism development for the city, including high-end hotels and Star Entertainment’s multibilliondollar Queen’s Wharf integrated resort.
What I’m seeing is the recognition of the amount of infrastructure and investment currently under way in Brisbane, Queen’s Wharf Casino and the Cross River Rail are getting all the headlines, and deservedly so, but the second runway at the airport will be an absolute game changer for the city. Combine that with Brisbane Live, Howard Smith Wharves and the rest, Brisbane is getting a lot of attention from interstate and also overseas.
It’s such a small footprint of road space in the inner city we are not able to get more people in, that’s why we have to be building Metro, building Cross River Rail, building the bikeways to give people other options.
Almost $30 billion in projects are either under way in Brisbane or planned. By 2025 the old girl would have had a significant facelift ... I love celebrating everything good about this city.
We have never seen anything like this. We all refer to Expo 88 as the game-changer, and it was, but this suite of new developments is on a completely different scale.
Stroll through the CBD and the city’s inner environs and you can already get a sense that in a few short years Brisbane will be transformed into quite possibly Australia’s most attractive and interesting capital city.
Queen’s Wharf will ... redefine the city. That’s really exciting and it can’t come soon enough. From Brisbane’s point of view, there is now a series of interesting, sexy, genuinely world-class hotels both already built and in the near-term pipeline.
The cluttered roads around the Gabba, however, are one of the venue’s most unattractive features, meaning the proposed Cross River Rail project, which promises a station near the Gabba, is crucial.
Catalytic projects including a second airport runway, the Cross River Rail and Metro public transport systems, a new cruise ship terminal and the Queen’s Wharf integrated resort precinct will position it (Brisbane) to become a modern hub based on lifestyle.