With a free ferry, free greeters and Expo memorabilia to see, this is a great time to tour the city

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk

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What are the key Brisbane attractions you show visitors to take them on a tour of our town? From the heights of our stunning Mt Coot-tha views to the depths of diving on Moreton Island, Brisbane certainly presents a menu full of visually-appealing opportunities. We know that you want to be able to take your guests to see the well-known places, as well as some lesser-known, hidden secrets and you want to be able to do it with minimum fuss. That’s where Brisbane City Council can really help you out.

This month saw the one millionth passenger jump aboard our CityHopper service, a free and convenient ferry that travels to popular inner-city locations such as North Quay, South Bank, Kangaroo Point, New Farm and the Eagle Street Pier in the CBD. It’s proving to be a popular way to cruise around our city, with about 81,700 passengers jumping aboard during its first month in July last year and increasing to 102,000 passengers using the service last month. And with the service running every half hour, seven days a week, between 6am and midnight, why wouldn’t you use a CityHopper to get around?

While you’re getting get on and off, there are a few new things in Brisbane you might want to check out too. April marks the 25th anniversary celebrations for World Expo 88. The event raised Brisbane’s profile and embarked us upon a future as a vibrant, world-class city. It is often regarded as our city’s coming of age. To celebrate this milestone, a World Expo Legacy Trail guided by Brisbane greeters will start later this month. These excursions will take locals and visitors on sightseeing trips between South Bank and the CBD to chart the history, landmarks and significant public artwork of Expo 88.

It’s the perfect opportunity to check out memory-evoking artwork like the Nepalese Pagoda, the stunning Mirage sculpture in the Brisbane Arcade or Gestation at the top of the mall, which were all commissioned for Expo 88. The greeters will take you to the best Expo-related pieces and places in Brisbane. But if you’d prefer to re-live the Expo experience on your own, you can take a self-guided tour featuring 13 publicly and privately-owned pieces from the event, including Forme del Mito at Jacobs Ladder and Night Companion (Sky Needle) in South Brisbane.

Business grants for suburban crime prevention
I am a strong believer that if you immediately fix a window broken by vandals, then you’re sending a message that this sort of anti-social behaviour won’t be tolerated and it deters it from happening again. For the first time, CCTV cameras are going to be in our suburban shopping precincts for the safety of residents and to help businesses prosper. It’s important for our economy that local businesses can trade confidently without the fear of their hard work being undone through crime. That’s why I’m providing $1million over four years to partner with small businesses to help them implement CCTV cameras and other measures to deter crime, such as better lighting.

We already have about 340 CCTV cameras throughout the city monitoring public safety and traffic, plus another 250 cameras on board Brisbane buses, so this is another way we’re making Brisbane a safer place to live. This financial year we have allocated more than $250,000 in Suburban Businesses Crime Prevention Grants to businesses and I look forward to receiving more applications next year. If you’d like any further information about these initiatives, whether CityHoppers, the Expo 88 anniversary or Suburban Crime Prevention Grants, the places to go are our website at http://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/ and our contact centre, call 3403 8888.

As seen in bmag issue 256