Brisbane’s CBD, once the capital of the world’s largest city, has been largely deserted for much of the past six years.
The city’s economy has been decimated by the coronavirus pandemic, the construction boom has failed to deliver any significant results, and a long-running housing affordability crisis has forced some to leave the region.
But the city’s population has doubled since 2014, and the city has been given another chance to rebound.
“It’s a great opportunity to put a foot in and do something different,” says James Gilbane, who owns a property on the edge of the CBD that he says he hopes to turn into a community hub for artists, students and others.
“If we don’t start making a dent, the city will just be left with empty streets and no vibrancy for years to come.”
Gilbane’s project, dubbed “The Garden City” by local media, is one of a number of projects that are already underway in Brisbane, including a “mini-city” in the CBD, the creation of a “café” in Brisbane’s outer east, and more than 100 projects aimed at revitalising Brisbane’s inner city.
“We’re just scratching the surface,” he says.
“I think if we keep doing what we’re doing, we’ll be back on the map.” “
The CBD’s housing crisis In 2014, the CBD was hit by a housing shortage, which caused a spike in homelessness. “
I think if we keep doing what we’re doing, we’ll be back on the map.”
The CBD’s housing crisis In 2014, the CBD was hit by a housing shortage, which caused a spike in homelessness.
The crisis worsened when the coronacovirus hit the region, causing an increase in cases and the deaths of up to half of Brisbane’s coronaviruses-infected people.
Since then, many businesses have closed, while other local authorities have taken on more of the burden.
“The city’s been left with a lot of empty spaces, so it’s really tough,” Gilbane says.
He hopes to use his property as a hub for the city to “have a better feel for what’s happening around the CBD”.
“People are tired of living in the city.
Gilbert says the project is a way to give Brisbaneers a place to be creative and create new projects, rather than just sit and wait for the next wave of construction. “
And they’re tired because the city is just so full of empty space.”
Gilbert says the project is a way to give Brisbaneers a place to be creative and create new projects, rather than just sit and wait for the next wave of construction.
“They’re very keen to have a place where they can create something, and this is just the next step,” he said.
The garden city, in the heart of Brisbane city centre, is to be built in three phases: the first phase will be built next year and the second in 2020. “
What I hope is this gives Brisbaneers something to do and something to say to the authorities that they can do something.”
The garden city, in the heart of Brisbane city centre, is to be built in three phases: the first phase will be built next year and the second in 2020.
“This is a really exciting and exciting start to our plan,” Gilbert said.
He said the gardens would also be “designed as a place for artists and students” to come and “have their own little little space”.
The second phase is planned to be finished by the end of 2020.
The third phase is expected to be completed by the start of 2022.
“Everyone’s going in for this, because it’s about time we got a city that has something new,” Gilberts partner in the project, Michael Broughton, said.
Construction in Brisbane has slowed down in recent months, with the federal government cancelling the $5.7 billion LNP Government’s plan to build the new national highway, which will allow the city and surrounding area to expand their population.
The council has been forced to rely on state-of-the-art, $4 billion projects such as the $8.2 billion CBD Waterfront Renewal and $1 billion Brisbane Transit Station, which is expected be finished in 2021.
“Brisbane’s had this really, really strong, vibrant city for quite some time now,” Mayor of Brisbane Rob Chapman said in January.
He said he was “delighted” by the development and said the city needed “a lot more of that” in order to remain competitive in the global economy. “
So I think it’s important to keep on creating and growing.”
He said he was “delighted” by the development and said the city needed “a lot more of that” in order to remain competitive in the global economy.
The Government’s decision to cancel the LNP government’s proposed $5 billion LPGs project also meant Brisbane’s $4.2 million CBD Waterside Renewal project will not be completed in time to meet the LPG demand forecast for 2021.
A major part of the project will be to restore the city centre to a “sustainable and