Brisbane is one of the world’s fastest growing cities and the economic centre of the State of Queensland. Approximately half of Queensland’s population currently lives in Brisbane and this is set to rise by about a third within the next 25 years. Sitting alongside a major river on Australia’s east coast and surrounded by flood plains, Brisbane has already experienced its fair share of resiliency issues, and these are only set to increase as the city’s population and economic importance continues to grow.
In this report, we explore the most pressing issues that Brisbane needs to address in order to secure its place on the global stage as a resilient, investable ‘New World City’.
Effective resilience strategies look beyond natural disasters to the interconnected social, economic, and environmental aspects of cities.
Key to Brisbane’s future resilience will be understanding the impact of, and addressing solutions for, key elements of the city including Urban Energy, Automation and Flood Defence.
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We need to open a dialogue, scan the horizon for challenges such as the automation of private vehicle transport and other fleet, such as drones, and confirm the immediate triage to secure the desired outcomes. Brisbane’s future as a resilient, smart and automated city is at risk if we don’t act soon.
The integration of an urban levee is crucial to protect Brisbane, as its exposure to regular storm and flood events is hampering global investment in the city. An area that’s particularly at risk is the city CBD, the heart of the state capital of Queensland and home to the commercial, financial and legal sectors of the city.
Preparedness for urban energy shocks needs to be a priority for the city to ensure its resilience. Rapid urban development often precedes utilities upgrades, and as a result Brisbane citizens are experiencing higher energy prices because of the embedded network structure.
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