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Funding to help Brisbane shine for G20 spotlight

19 June, 2014

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk is boosting his commitment to keep Brisbane a clean, green and vibrant city with more than $171 million allocated for city improvement works in his 2014-15 Budget.

Cr Quirk said the commitment would first prioritise projects geared for shining the global spotlight on our city as host of one of the most high-profile and important events in the international calendar, the G20 Leaders Summit in November.

“This year is Brisbane’s time to shine and it’s our once-in-a-generation chance to show to the world and the influx of visitors we’ll receive, what a vibrant and dynamic city we are,” Cr Quirk said.

“As part of our $752,000 commitment toward G20 leveraging we will be undertaking initiatives such as the ‘Brisbane Welcomes the World’ training program to ensure the city’s service staff are skilled up to help visitors with their stay as well as a series of way-finding installations to make it easier to travel around the city.

“The ‘Brisbane Global Café’ will also take place, bringing thought leaders from around the world together, to discuss global issues through a series of events.

“What is a relatively small investment will reap big rewards in the future of our city, particularly the potential for drawing additional tourism, business investment, conventions and students.”

Cr Quirk said Council would also prioritise getting the city looking in its best shape ever.

“We have a long running commitment to be Australia’s cleanest and greenest city and we intend to continue with initiatives to reach this target,” he said.

“Keeping Brisbane presentable has been a continual year-on-year investment for Council and while we are already in great shape to show off our city, there’s always room for improvement.

“The 2014-15 Budget includes more than $19.4 million for city cleansing initiatives, such as street sweeping and public place cleaning – which are all priorities for G20 and beyond.”

Council’s $160.1 million investments for clean and green initiatives also includes more than $60.6 million for new and upgraded parks including $957,000 for memorials and heritage restoration in the lead up the ANZAC Centenary celebrations in 2015 and $6.2 million for the completion of the city’s next major park development, Frew Park in Milton.

It also includes more than $13.3 million for closed landfill remediation to restore land back to its ideal environmental conditions.

Cr Quirk said across the city there were approximately 150 closed landfills, which all required ongoing maintenance and remediation.
“As many of these sites are used as sporting fields or parkland, we adhere to a very stringent remediation program to ensure the land does not have any adverse effects to the environment or community,” he said.

“Between July 2013 and this year we have already undertaken six remediation projects including Albert Bishop Park, Nundah and Oxford Park Reserve, Keperra.

“This work is critical for ensuring the area is safe for year-round use and includes works such as soil capping and installing irrigation and drainage to improve their condition.

He said in 2014-15 Council would undertake one of its largest remediation projects yet, with $5.2 million invested for the Cannon Hill Community Links site.

“The land at 1825 Creek Road, Cannon Hill is currently sitting unused and the remediation project is part of our goal to create additional opportunities from this land,” he said.

“From the second half of 2014 we will remediate the old landfill site on the southeast corner of the site with subsequent stages to include a residential development and construction of an 18-hole public golf course.

“This would be the first public golf course on the southside and we forecast the course will be operational by 2017-18.

“This project has great potential and is important in providing additional housing opportunities for our growing city.”

Cr Quirk said he would continue to foster creativity in our city and add to Brisbane’s vibrancy through a $794,000 boost to public art.

“More recently our investment in this area has seen the installation of Expo ’88 artwork ‘Man with Wheel’ at Kangaroo Point and we intend to continue activating spaces with art, including new artworks for the Brunswick Street Mall upgrade and a citywide murals project,” he said.

Cr Quirk said more than 20 public art projects were planned across the city, with a number of new artworks planned for installation prior to November’s G20 Summit.

Highlights in the 2014-15 Budget for a clean, green and vibrant city include:
• $160.1 million for clean and green initiatives including initiatives such as;
o $2.2 million for Council’s reactive ‘Flying Gangs’
o $4.9 million for street sweeping
o $60.6 million for new and upgraded parks
o $64.8 million for parks maintenance
o $13.3 million for closed landfill remediation projects
• $4.5 million for mosquito and pest management
• $3.7 million for graffiti removal and education
• $1.2 million for Vibrant Laneways projects
• $752,000 for G20 Leveraging. [Ends] June 18, 2014

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