|City council overview|
|Formed||October 30, 1924|
|Annual budget||A$3.1 billion (2018-19)|
|City council executives|
Brisbane City Council (BCC) is the democratic executive local government authority for the City of Brisbane, the capital city of the state of Queensland, Australia. The largest City Council in Australia by population and area, BCC's jurisdiction includes 26 wards and 27 elected councillors covering 1338km2.[note 1] BCC is overseen by the Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Adrian Schrinner, and the Council of Brisbane (all councillors of the City of Brisbane) and the Civic Cabinet (Councillors that chair one of eight standing committees within BCC). The Council's CEO is Colin Jensen, supported by EO Ainsley Gold.
Brisbane City Council is guided by two core future planning documents: Brisbane's Future Blueprint (infrastructure, cultural, and capital works projects), and Brisbane Vision 2031 (corporate and city planning). Council also does more frequent but smaller scale community consultations through the Your City Your Say platform.
Brisbane Future Blueprint
Brisbane's Future Blueprint is a community-developed document, released in June 2018, outlining what the City Council's goals should be. One in five households in Brisbane, representing every suburb, responded to the community consultation, totalling over 100,000 responses. More than 15,000 unique suggestions to improve Brisbane were put forward. The Blueprint provides for eight principles and 40 specific actions to make Brisbane a "friendly and liveable city":
- Create a city of neighbourhoods
- Protect and create greenspace
- Create more to see and do
- Protect the Brisbane backyard and our unique character
- Ensure best practice design that complements the character of Brisbane
- Empower and engage residents
- Get people home quicker and safer with more travel options
- Give people more choice when it comes to housing
Brisbane Vision 2031
Brisbane Vision 2031 is the City Council's long-term plan for developing Brisbane City. It outlines an additional eight principles to consider in developing Council policy and supplements the City Council's Corporate Plan 2016-17 and 2020-21.
The Lord Mayor of Brisbane holds a role as the Chief "Elected" Executive of the Brisbane City Council, parallel to the role of the Chief Executive Officer, which is held by a civilian employee of the Council. The Lord Mayor has a four-year term between elections, coinciding with general councillor elections. The current Lord Mayor of Brisbane is Adrian Schrinner of the Liberal National Party, supported by Krista Adams, the Deputy Mayor.
Council of Brisbane and the Civic Cabinet
The Council of Brisbane is the high-level administrative board of the City Council, composed of all elected councillors in the City of Brisbane. There are 27 councillors, 26 from electoral wards in Brisbane and the Lord Mayor. The Civic Cabinet, otherwise known as the Establishment and Coordination Committee, manages the Council's day-to-day tasks, and acts as a Board of Directors-style caucus. It is composed of the Chairs of Council's seven other standing committees:
- City Planning and Economic Development Committee (Krista Adams - Deputy Mayor of Brisbane)
- Finance, Administration and Small Business Committee (Adam Allen)
- Environment, Parks and Sustainability Committee (Fiona Cummingham)
- Community, Arts and Nighttime Economy Committee (Vicki Howard)
- City Standards, Community Health and Safety Committee (Kim Marx)
- Infrastructure Committee (David MacLachlan)
- Public and Active Transport Committee (Ryan Murphy)
Generally, the Lord Mayor is also the Chair of the Establishment and Coordination Committee, and as a result, is the Chair and member of the Civic Cabinet as well. Each Committee works alongside its relevant organisational divisions to "consider Council policy, provide advice to Council and delivers results for the people of Brisbane."
Within BCC, there are six different organisational divisions representing the core tasks of the Council. Each division had its own Divisional Manager, who is accountable to the Council of Brisbane, the Civil Cabinet, and the CEO/EO. As of April 2020, the six divisions and their managers are:
- City Administration and Governance - Pip Hold
- Organisational Services - Bill Lyon
- City Planning and Sustainability - Andrea Kenafake
- Lifestyle and Community Services - Tash Tobias
- Transport for Brisbane - Geoffrey Beck
- Brisbane Infrastructure - Scott Stewart
These divisions are organisational, meaning that they're not subject to the changes in the elected administration nor are elected themselves.
- 1823: John Oxley names the Brisbane River after Sir Thomas Brisbane, Governor of New South Wales from 1821 to 1825.
- 1842-1880: Civilians start occupying Brisbane, making it the main site of commerce for the region.
- 3 October 1859: The first elections for the Mayor of Brisbane are held, following the declaration of Brisbane as a local government municipality named after the river on which it sits. John Petrie was unanimously elected out of 37 candidates.
- 1924: The Parliament of Queensland passes the City of Brisbane Act, creating a single City Council for all the City of Brisbane, rather than the previous 20 various authorities and boards.
- 1 October 1925: The new City Council is begins operation, under its first Mayor of Brisbane, William Jolly.
- 8 April 1930: Governor of Queensland, John Goodwin officially opens the Brisbane City Hall.
- 1939: Brisbane is made the headquarters of Allies of World War II in the South Pacific for Australian and American service personnel. The original offices are now part of the MacArthur Chambers.
- 1982: Brisbane hosts the Commonwealth Games.
- 1988: Brisbane hosts Expo 88, giving birth to South Bank Parklands, the now central cultural area of Brisbane and home of the Brisbane City Council head office.
- 1 July 2010: The Legislative Assembly of Queensland passes the City of Brisbane Act 2010 as part of a state-wide review of local government legislation, formalising and consolidating state legislation about the City of Brisbane.
- 2010-2013: Brisbane City Hall reopens after significant restoration and renovation.
- November 2014: Brisbane hosts the G20 Leaders Summit.
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- "Your City Your Say". Brisbane City Council. 18 May 2020. Retrieved 28 May 2020.
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- "Brisbane Vision 2031". Brisbane City Council. 27 November 2019. Retrieved 28 May 2020.
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- "Council committees". Brisbane City Council. 24 April 2020. Retrieved 23 May 2020.
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- This is not to say that Brisbane itself is the largest city in Australia (which is Sydney). Most other cities have a "City of xyz Council" that only covers that city's CBD unlike Brisbane, which covers all surrounding suburbs. Hence, BCC had an abnormally large population count simply because the population lies within one city council area.