Brisbane CBD, Brisbane's future & new infrastructure

Plans for a smarter city

In the latest Smart State initiative Premier Pete this week released a blueprint for managing future growth of inner Brisbane, appropriately called “Smart Cities”. There’s plenty in here to applaud with proposals for new bridges better linking the CBD with Kangaroo Point, New Farm, South Brisbane and Bulimba. There’s also a move to reintroduce a light rail system (trams or similar) to run from the Valley through to West End.

We’d suggest the smartest part of this plan though is that it largely matches the City Centre masterplan adopted by Brisbane City Council over a year ago. Finally we have a Council (mostly big enough to make their own decisions) with the financial and planning support of the State. Council’s Urban Renewal team, under the leadership of the late Trevor Reddacliff, spent a long time assessing what the city heart needs, and did plenty of consultation with stakeholders near and far.

The State Govt says it will now spend another 3 years and $3.5million fine-tuning their plan. Lord Mayor Newman says there’s no monopoly on good ideas – but in the interests of our inner city’s future it’d be good to get past “Go”! More info is at www.smartstate.qld.gov.au