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Brisbane Lord Mayor appoints APP’s Regional GM to Chair Better Suburbs Initiative

Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Adrian Schrinner, has announced a new board to oversee a suburban renewal initiative, announced in the BCC Budget earlier this year. He has asked APP’s Queensland GM, Ross Elliott, to Chair what will now be known as the Better Suburbs Initiative.
Ross Elliott appointed Chair of Better Suburbs Initiative

“As part of planning for the future of Brisbane’s suburbs the new Better Suburbs Initiative Board has been appointed and includes a wealth of experience from the property and urban planning industry,” the Lord Mayor said.

“Ross Elliott – who is also Queensland Regional Manager for property and infrastructure consultants APP - will Chair the board alongside former Federal Government Minister the Hon Gary Hardgrave and people and place specialist for Studio THI, Charlotte Fitzgerald.

“Brisbane City Council’s City Planning Chair Matthew Bourke and Council’s Chief Planner will also be on the board.”

“With more than 30 years’ experience, this team, led by Mr Elliott who is a leader of debate about our suburbs, will help drive thinking that is less city-centric and more suburban focused,” the Lord Mayor said.

Cr Schrinner said Council would invest $550,000 each financial year for the next four years to investigate, plan and deliver Better Suburbs projects across Brisbane.

Mr Elliott said he was humbled by the opportunity. “I have no doubt that other cities will in time follow Brisbane’s leadership in recognising the economic, community and planning value of focussed attention on the opportunities for enhanced suburban centres” he said.

Prior to joining APP, Mr Elliott held a number of state and national leadership roles with the Property Council, helping to re-energise Cities Policy in the late 90s and early 2000s. He was also inaugural CEO of Brisbane Marketing, appointed by then Labor Mayor Jim Soorley. He has written and spoken widely on cities policy and urban development across his career, as well as holding several advisory and consultant roles across many sectors of the industry.