We all have a vital role to play to help Brisbane reach its full economic potential.
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Welcome back for 2015! Over the past few years I have often referred to Brisbane as an emerging global city; however 2014 has proved to be the year that Brisbane graduated as a global city.
The G20 marks a watershed in our city’s history, a defining moment when we proudly took our place among the emerging cities of the world.
I’m determined to ensure Brisbane capitalises on the economic outcomes of the G20, including harnessing the spotlight President Obama put on the quality of our educational institutions to increase the lucrative international student market.
It will also involve using the unprecedented program of precinct and infrastructure development in Brisbane to demand the attention of international investors.
We will continue to stimulate activity to attract major events to the city, and drive more conventions and high-yield business visitation to Brisbane.
This agenda also provides a strong platform to capitalise on the city’s international exposure from the Asia Cup football, Asia Pacific Screen Awards and cricket’s World Cup and Test matches.
But you also have a vital role to play in helping Brisbane to reach its full economic potential. Not long ago we joined together under the Team Brisbane campaign—a call to action for all Brisbane residents to support one another—and put our weight collectively behind our city.
We hope that by reminding people how well the Brisbane ‘team’ is performing it will boost further business success and create more jobs now and for future generations.
It is the task of your city government to advance what the city has to offer each and every year. To name just a few of our advances for the past year, we saw our iconic Riverwalk rise again, an all-abilities playground delivered in the City Botanic Gardens, the completion of Frew Park in Milton, upgrades to the Grange Library, Coopers Plains Library and Yeronga Swimming Pool, as well as the delivery of the dual berth Bulimba Ferry Terminal, the first of 11 ferry terminal projects to be complete by mid-2015.
2015 will be packed full of big project milestones, including the opening of Legacy Way, helping to tackle traffic congestion; an issue still high on my agenda.
I wish everyone a happy, healthy and successful 2015.