Clean, green and sustainable future for Brisbane

Brisbane’s clean, green and sustainable credentials will be bolstered as part of a $583 million package announced as part of the Lord Mayor’s 2017-18 Budget.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said this suite of works would ensure Brisbane remained at the forefront of sustainability, adding to Council’s extensive environmental achievements.

“Council has made significant progress in waste reduction, and this year declared itself the first 100% carbon neutral Council in Australia, as well as being named Australia’s Most Sustainable City twice in the past three years,” Cr Quirk said.

“This Budget will help residents make more sustainable choices closer to home, with nearly $1 million committed over the next three years to deliver and take part in the international ‘Love Food Hate Waste’ campaign to clamp down on the amount of household food waste going to landfill.

“Food waste makes up 37 per cent of the average Brisbane rubbish bin, which is why we are equipping residents with the knowledge to reduce the amount of food waste they dispose each week.

“Council will continue to do its part to keep Brisbane clean and green, with $7 million dedicated to city-wide litter prevention and $30 million to continue our fast-tracked bushland acquisition program.

“This fast-tracked program will see 750 hectares of bushland taken into public ownership in just four years, reaching towards our goal of protecting enough bushland and parks to fill more than 13,000 Suncorp Stadiums.

“This also complements Council’s wider commitment to koala conservation, with $2.5 million invested this year into a new state-of-the-art Koala Research Centre.”

Cr Quirk said Council would also continue to manage and implement initiatives that mitigate flooding across Brisbane suburbs, with a 29 per cent increase in funding for major drainage works this budget compared with the last.

“This will see a $10.8 million investment into the delivery of new and improved drainage infrastructure, particularly at high-priority locations such as Darra, Greenslopes, Paddington, Bulimba, Bardon and Bald Hills.

“We know Brisbane is prone to creek flooding, tidal flooding and overland flow, and Council will provide added support to residents to manage flood risk on their properties through a $3 million Residential Flood Assistance Program.

“We also continue to focus on creating and enhancing green spaces and waterways, leaving a lasting legacy for generations to come, with $5.4 million to progress the major transformation of the 15 kilometre Oxley Creek Corridor and $3.7 million to progress the Norman Creek Master Plan which will improve the health of the waterway, increase flood mitigation, and open space.

Highlights in the 2017-18 Budget for making a cleaner, greener and sustainable Brisbane include:
• $975,000 for the Love Food Hate Waste campaign over the next three years
• $7.1 million for citywide litter prevention
• $29.9 million to continue acceleration of the Bushland Acquisition program
• $2.5 million for a Koala Research Centre
• $10.8 million for Major Drainage Construction
• $3 million for the Residential Flood Assistance Program
• $4.7 million over the next three years for the Northern Suburbs Environment Centre
• $3.7 million to continue delivery of the Norman Creek 2012-2031 Master Plan
• $5.4 million for the Oxley Creek Transformation Project.