World Cities Day China Observance / Shanghai Award

Brisbane, Australia |  Updated:2023-11-08

Brisbane, the capital of Queensland with a population of 1.28 million, is the fastest-growing city in Australia. It enjoys a subtropical climate, with 38.9% natural habitat coverage, and local natural assets such as the 114-kilometre-long Brisbane River and more than 2,100 parks and natural areas are a drawcard for residents and visitors alike.

Brisbane has developed an ambitious, but at the same time realistic vision, into a long-term development plan. The city creatively integrates data, technology, urban planning and a sound financial economic model with social and institutional innovations.

Brisbane City Council is delivering the turn-up-and-go Brisbane Metro - a new era of connected transport. This city-shaping project is fully funded in partnership with the Australian Government and will transform the city’s public transport network. The fully electric, high-capacity metros will provide more travel options with easy links to bus and train services, building new and improved infrastructure and using the best technology to suit the city.

The city council is also building the Kangaroo Point Green Bridge to connect Kangaroo Point and the central business district, making walking or cycling between Kangaroo Point, the eastern suburbs and the CBD more convenient. More than just a bridge project, the Kangaroo Point Green Bridge will become a must-visit destination for residents in and visitors to the city, with the final design including several unique riverside dining venues.


The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has elected Brisbane as the host city for the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.Brisbane City Council and its Brisbane 2032 partners are now committed to delivering the world’s largest sporting event, which will provide local residents with and bring huge economic benefits to enterprises.

Brisbane’s innovative initiatives are more than the said projects, they represent a leap toward “a sustainable, inclusive and prosperous urban future for all”. The Brisbane Metro is a groundbreaking project in public transport that will usher in a new era of connected transportation. The Kangaroo Point Green Bridge will provide the city with a world-class landmark, connecting the city center to the popular inner-city peninsula. The Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games is an important opportunity to become a model for sustainable Olympics and demonstrate internationally the positive and lasting benefits the Games can bring to the city.

In summary, these actions have enhanced the economic vitality of the city by increasing employment, promoting industrial development, optimizing industrial structure, and improving urban connectivity; have promoted the development of green cities by using clean renewable energy, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening slow traffic construction and paying attention to the resilience of natural ecological landscapes and other methods; have improved urban safety and resilience through extensive infrastructure upgrades and quality assurance from the detail level of facilities; and have created a more resilient and inclusive environment.


In these practices, the Brisbane authorities have aimed to SDG 13 on climate action and SDG 11 on sustainable cities and communities. They carried out evidence-based policy making, aligning with SDG 9 on industry, innovation and infrastructure. And Brisbane's commitment to community engagement aligned with SDG 16 on peace, justice and strong institutions, securing a fair, harmonious and common development.

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