The initiative was something actively promoted by APP’s QLD Regional General Manager, Ross Elliott who is also a director of public policy group The Suburban Alliance, which has been promoting the concept of suburban renewal for some years.
“Urban renewal has been an outstanding success in Brisbane and other Australian cities since the Better Cities program of the late 1980s. It is timely we now turn attention to the opportunities for development and enhancement of regional and suburban centres, applying the same logic, planning, and property disciplines going forward,” he said.
In announcing the initiative, the Lord Mayor reflected on how an initial $22M investment into sewer upgrades for New Farm and Teneriffe helped kick off $5.3B of private investment in the inner urban renewal area over the years that followed. He called on all levels of government to work together to facilitate a similar rejuvenation of Brisbane’s suburban precincts and villages.