A southeast Queensland community hit hard by natural disasters and the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is counting on a resurgence of drive tourism and a welter of big music and environmental festivals to get it back on the road to prosperity.
Governments and local authorities are scrambling to get on top of the surge in the popularity of e-bikes and e-scooters in Brisbane, with a new draft strategy suggesting more dedicated parking spaces for the devices to clear congested footpaths and an expansion of hire schemes into the suburbs to allow true door-to-door mobility for residents.
Brisbane City Council has quietly scrapped several long-standing urban advisory boards in a significant shake-up of its relationship with the city’s planning and architecture community.
The COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on economic activity has hit the vitality of Brisbane’s central business district hard, according to a detailed report on business conditions in the inner city.
The team of volunteers offering tours and local information and advice to people visiting Brisbane will be back on the streets from next month and aim to promote the suburbs as well as the city as part of their pitch to showcase the Queensland capital’s attractions.
Queensland’s biggest public infrastructure project, the $5.4 billion Cross River Rail link, is under attack on several fronts as rail user lobby groups express doubts that its current design will be able to achieve the increased capacity the Palaszczuk Government wants.