- By Darius Boyd
- 3 May 2019
- 2 minute read
The changing face of my Brisbane
There have been a few versions of the Brisbane that I have come to know and love.
There was the city that seemed huge when I was a young kid living on the Gold Coast. It was larger than any place I knew and I spent plenty of time looking out the window of the car as I was driven to junior rugby league games and athletics carnivals. The roads were busier and wider, the suburbs were larger and the people were everywhere.
There was the Brisbane where I moved for my rugby league career in 2005. I had just turned 18.
I was never homesick. For me, Brisbane was a place of new opportunities, new sights and new friends. I was enjoying this new freedom and new opportunities.
It was the city in which I was building some of my most enduring friendships and some of my best memories.
It was the city in which I ran out for the Broncos for the first time in March 2006. We got thrashed that day – I managed to score a try but that was about the only positive from the day. It was tough.
But, six months later, we were NRL premiers. Brisbane, the premiership team. That always had a good sound to it.
And then there’s the Brisbane of today.
It’s the city in which I met my wife Kayla. It’s the city in which our daughter Willow was born.
And it’s the city in which I plan to live for many more years.
It’s a city that suits me fine.
It’s not Sydney and, for that, I’m relieved.
I’ve played for a Sydney-based club, although I lived at Wollongong and travelled to Sydney only when needed. Sydney’s got a lot going for it but it’s not my type of city.
I had to leave a lot of time to travel in Sydney – it was never easy to get across town in a hurry. The pace was always just a bit hectic. What took me 20 minutes to accomplish in Sydney took 10 minutes in Brisbane.
Brisbane is the city that seems just about right.
Sure, I’d love to have a surf beach in Moreton Bay. But the one-hour drive to the beaches isn’t a big deal.
In the years to come, this city will be transformed in a way that I haven’t known before. I’ve noticed it already with new hotels in the CBD changing the nature of the city.
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.
Amid all this change, one of the great new additions to the city would be another NRL premiership.
That’s something we’re working on right now.