Brisbane City Council Meeting – 26 May 2020 – Part 2 of 2

Deputy Chair: Is there further debate? Welcome back everyone Further debate? Councillor SRI Councillor SRI: Thanks, Chair I just wanted to speak briefly on the bikeways presentation and our cycling strategy I’m not sure, is Councillor MURPHY in the room? Might wait Deputy Chair: Councillor SRI I think we should continue please Councillor SRI: I might just wait until he’s in the room because obviously I want him to hear my comments I mean he’s the chair of the committee Do you know if he’s coming back? Deputy Chair: Sorry, I do not but I’d suggest you continue because this will end up on the record anyway Councillor SRI: Sure Oh, here he is Hey Councillor MURPHY, I was just about to direct some comments to you, but these comments are also going to be relevant to the chair of City Planning, Councillor ADAMS, to chair of Infrastructure, Councillor McLACHLAN and to the chair of Parks, Councillor CUNNINGHAM in particular Deputy Chair: Councillor SRI before you continue can I remind you to direct your comments through the chair We’re not operating a party room here; we’re operating a Council Chambers So, all your comments through to other Councillors should go through the chair Councillor SRI: Yes I don’t think I’ve been violating that order in any way, but I’ll take your feedback onboard Deputy Chair: Just reminding you Councillor SRI: Sure So, there was a lot of good stuff in the presentation we received on bikeways planning and I’m really excited to see some positive steps towards greater support for Active Transport in Brisbane I’ve been a little bit concerned about the timeframes though, and it does seem now that it’s still going to be a fair while before we actually have a public document for a bikeway strategy or an Active Transport strategy It does sound like it’s a fair way from being finalised The concern I have about that is that in the meantime there isn’t a strong existing document to guide other parts of Council, and this is why I refer to those other Councillors Because for example, if we don’t have an up-to-date document that says we need a new bike lane along this major road, say Vulture Street in West End for example, then there’s no hard requirement or mechanism to identify to Council’s city planning team and the development assessment team et cetera that we need to set aside space specifically for bike lanes For example, require a developer that, as part of upgrading in the streetscape, they might want to install sections of bike lanes in front of their building Similarly in terms of parks when we’re planning some of our major parks, particular riverside parks like Riverside Drive in West End, if we don’t have an up-to-date bikeway strategy then there’s not going to be enough clear guidance for our parks planners that they need to set aside a certain amount of space or a certain width or land area for bikeway purposes The same problem arises with infrastructure projects where, for example, our congestion reduction unit might have decided they need to undertake an intersection upgrade in Kangaroo Point, and because we don’t have an existing bikeway strategy that clearly identifies that we need bike lanes through Main Street in Kangaroo Point, there’s no prompt to our infrastructure planners to identify and include bike lanes as part of a new set of traffic lights or an intersection upgrade So, my concern—and I’m interested in Councillor MURPHY’s response to this, but also if any of the other chairs have any comments on this—is how do we ensure that those other teams within Council are actively planning ahead for bikeways Are they just looking at the old bicycle network overlay? Are they looking at a draft of the new strategy or the new bikeways plan that hasn’t yet been released publicly? If so, that’d be good to know My concern particularly in the inner-city is around new development projects because I think—and new intersection upgrades—because I think there needs to be really clear mechanisms that identify that bike lanes will be installed along certain road corridors To date I haven’t seen that that’s happening in any meaningful way Even recent neighbourhood plans like the Dutton Park/Fairfield Neighbourhood Plan and the Kangaroo Point Peninsula Neighbourhood Plan These have come through just in the last couple of years They didn’t clearly identify where new bike lanes would be, even though logically we would be installing bike lanes along some of the corridors through those suburbs There’s obviously not a good existing mechanism to ensure that neighbourhood planning and

intersection planning et cetera sets aside space but actually designs segments of bikeways here and now My worry is that if we’re still drafting and seeking Councillor feedback on this bikeway strategy in early 2021, that presumably means it’s not going to be released and it’s not going to be imbedded into City Plan until quite a bit after that So, what happens in the meantime? Is it going to be the case that for the next year every time there’s a new development in my area along a road where I think a bike lane is necessary, that the development assessment team and the city planning team will simply say oh well there’s no current bike lanes identified as necessary there Similarly, when they want to upgrade a new intersection, as is happening along Gladstone Road at the moment in Dutton Park as part of the new high school, there’s no clear requirement for separated bike lanes along Gladstone Road because we don’t have an existing plan that requires that So hopefully Councillor MURPHY understands the concerns I’m raising and will be able to speak to this a little bit, but I’d also be really keen to hear from Councillor ADAMS as to—through you, Chair—how Councillor ADAMS sees this interregnum period or this transition period operating in terms of new development Because I know that on some major roads we set aside land and acquire that as part of the road infrastructure, as a trump infrastructure acquisition, but we don’t do that for all the roads where we’re going to need bike lanes in the future There are many stretches where we’re going to need to upgrade the streetscape and have off-road bike lanes in front of—running alongside the footpath, hopefully separated from pedestrians But there’s no current mechanisms for city planning or development assessment teams to set that space aside That’s a big concern and I think it means that over the next year we will continue to see millions of dollars spent on streetscape upgrades, on traffic light projects, even on park upgrades that then has to be redone or undone a few years from now once the bike strategy eventually comes into play, and we realise, oh, geez, we should have put in bike lanes there and there and there and there and we should have got the developers to pay for them at the time that the development was happening It’s been concerning to me that even with the Kangaroo Point river walk between Mowbray Park and Dockside, we no longer seem to have a clear mechanism to require developers to complete their structures of the river walk within the current infrastructure plan I’m open to being corrected on that, but that does seem to be the case now where all we are doing is saying, oh, please set that land aside and don’t build on it, but we’re not actually requiring the developers to build their section of the river side bikeway So, this is a pretty significant concern, which really stems from the fact that what I thought this active transport plan and this bikeways plan would be out by now I thought it was going to be released before the Council election; I thought it was going to be released a year or two ago Still we don’t have an up-to-date plan Still we’re just going off the old bicycle network overlay, which doesn’t include any of those hard requirements that I mentioned So, it’s an ongoing issue More generally, I’m still disappointed in the overall lack of investment in bikeway s in Brisbane I acknowledge that it’s a lot of money, but that money doesn’t go very far when we’re outsourcing to private contractors and designing projects that I think are sometimes a little over engineered and when we could have delivered similar quality of bike lane infrastructure much cheaper But, yes, in general, I just want to encourage the Council administration to put as much funding as possible towards bike lanes in the coming Council budget, acknowledging that we’ve seen a big rise in ridership; not just bikes, but also e-scooters and that we’re going to see greater conflicts between pedestrians and riders, unless we get those separated bike facilities along all our major corridors So that’s something that troubles me a lot, because I see these issues emerging in my ward and they’re not being addressed and it doesn’t feel like there’s enough forward-planning right now It doesn’t feel like we’re planning ahead for what the community is going to need in a couple of needs While I understand that’s what the bikeway strategy hopes to do, if it doesn’t come into effect for a while yet, what happens in the meantime? Thanks Deputy Chair: Further speakers? Councillor MACKAY Councillor MACKAY: Thank you, Deputy Chair I rise to speak on Item B, the green bridges consultation As you heard last week, Deputy Chair, by building green bridges across Brisbane, we’re going to get more cars off the road and we’re giving people of Brisbane more choices when it comes to travel In fact, 84,000 fewer car trips will be made using river crossings per year, once the Kangaroo

Point bridge is in; just one bridge alone is 84,000 cars So, this all comes down to fantastic community consultation I went through the statistics last week Personally, from this ward office, we did more than 7,000 community surveys out to the mailboxes of Toowong and St Lucia We also had a community consultation event at the Toowong Library and another one at the St Lucia Community Hall I also attended a third one over in Councillor SRI’s ward at the old South Brisbane Sailing Club, and these were very well attended community consultations, Deputy Chair Overall, combined with the in-person meetings, the mail and all of the other methods of communication, the community response was very supportive of building five new green bridges There was very broad support for the Toowong to West End green bridge, with about 60% indicating they would use it either daily or weekly That is a huge amount of support 67% were in favour of the alignment from somewhere on Archer Street to Orleigh Park near Forbes Street in West End A fantastic result But, Deputy Chair, let’s think about what Councillor CASSIDY had to say about this last week I’ve got—my mind boggles God forbid if Councillor CASSIDY was running this city and, more importantly, running the consultation that goes into running this city In his speech last week, Councillor CASSIDY said there wasn’t widespread consultation with people who would be using the bridges Well, I’m not exactly sure what he would expect widespread consultation to be, because I’ll tell you what, Chair— Councillor SRI: A point of order, Chair Councillor MACKAY: —Deputy Chair— Councillor SRI: A point of order, Chair I can see that you’ve called my name, but I can’t hear you, so I’m going to assume that I’ve been called Just on relevance I understand the meeting we’re talking about was the presentation on bikeway planning and there was a petition about the Toowong Bridge, but Councillor MACKAY’s comments seem to be ranging a little bit more broadly now I’m—I wonder if maybe we could draw him back to the topic Deputy Chair: I believe the report does contain report on the green bridges and Councillor MACKAY is addressing those green bridges So, I’m quite happy to let Councillor MACKAY continue Thank you Councillor MACKAY Councillor MACKAY: Thank you, Deputy Chair Many of the people from the consultations opposed these bridges catering for buses and other public transport But what does Councillor CASSIDY say? Oh no The LNP would be hypocrites To help—I’ll quote you, Deputy Chair The hypocrisy of the LNP and the hypocrisy of Councillor SRI in opposing these bridges being proper green bridges is actually quite astounding Deputy Chair, that sounds to me like Councillor CASSIDY is saying don’t worry about what the people said in the community consultation Get rid of that Let’s just put buses on there, because that’s what he wants to see Now, Deputy Chair, Councillor CASSIDY is no Bob Hawke However, he does seem to have the mindset and the thinking back from the 20th century, because he thinks we should focus on additional car crossings instead It’s not real surprise, because it does meet the low expectations that I had for his contributions, because I didn’t seem him at any of the consultation sessions I didn’t—don’t even know if he put a submission in about it But you know what, Deputy Chair? He does say that the consultation process is broken, because instead of that—quoting, instead of that, having a so-called Greens Councillor who runs around saying he needs infrastructure to get people moving around his ward, he’s railing against the kind of infrastructure that we need He’s calling on more car bridges, Deputy Chair How’s this? I quote, I think this process is fundamentally broken and we need to start again Deputy Chair, we have gone through massive amounts of community consultation for the green bridge at Toowong through to West End and it will continue, because future planning of Brisbane’s active travel network will involve providing connections to the new green bridges, which I’m sure Councillor SRI would appreciate, even though he may think that I’m not being relevant to the topic, obviously it is We’re looking forward to moving forward with this transformational project and we

will make it easier to get around on bike or on foot or with public transport, but we will take into consideration the will and the wishes of the people who live in the local area Thank you, Deputy Chair Deputy Chair: Thank you, Councillor MACKAY Further speakers? I see no hands rising Councillor MURPHY Councillor MURPHY: Yes Thanks very much, Deputy Chair, and I thank all Councillors for their contribution to the debate on this item Just quickly, covering off on some of the points that Councillor MACKAY made, I agree with you Councillor MACKAY I did think it was weird that Councillor CASSIDY was banging on about putting buses through West End, despite the fact that the community consultation that we had done showed very clearly that residents didn’t want that on both sides of the river where those bridges landed I seriously question whether Councillor CASSIDY has checked with the local state member out that way, Jackie Tradition, the member for South Brisbane, just to see what her thoughts were on that I know he said that they weren’t going to be true green bridges unless they carried buses, so, look, I’ll just leave that one with Councillor CASSIDY I’ll just see what he’s got to say about that when he goes and does the consultation with the local member out that way I hope that he’s more interested in consulting with her than he was in putting a submission in on the green bridges consultation, because I know despite attacking the consultation, as you say, he didn’t put in a submission himself So, again I will just leave that one with him and I’m sure he’ll come back to me in due course with an answer to that—the questions that he has raised there So, to your points, Councillor SRI, on the active transport network plan—actually, firstly, before I do that, you raised where the missing $7 million was from the $100 million Better Bikeways 4 Brisbane program My answer to you is that $6.7 million was used for lighting upgrades on those bikeways So not quite $7 million I don’t know what happened to that $300,000 there I’m sure it will—it was a rounding error in the figures I’ve got here, but that’s where that came from Now, onto the active transport network plans So, you raised some legitimate points there and some not-so-legitimate points, but let’s just cover off on what the active transport plan actually is This is a long-term strategic plan that will integrate as the primary bikeway overlay network does within the City Plan at the moment Now, it’s actually very easy to have the primary network overlay within the City Plan and to plan around that Most of it is on public land or running through reserves or separated The secondary network is actually where the vast majority of the work gets done in terms of moving people around our suburbs, moving them through our communities That is why we are taking the time to get this one right The primary network is easy to do; the secondary network, not so much What I want to see with this and what the LORD MAYOR wants to see is that bikeway planning is taken as seriously in this city by the City Plan and by the development community as road planning is, so that when a developer lodges an application, they see a road take, they go, okay, there’s also a bikeway take for that and that rigor is applied Now, historically in Brisbane, that hasn’t been the case that the bikeway planning has been done in the same way that planning for future roads has been So that’s why we’re doing the work with the active transport network plan We’ve got an enormous network to plan for We’ve got 853 kilometres worth of bikeway network existing in Brisbane and, as you can imagine, the active transport network plan has significantly a greater amount of future planned bikeway, both in the primary and secondary networks So, we don’t apologise for getting this one right We’ve got to remember that active transport isn’t just about building more bikeways for cyclists It’s about walking It’s about skateboards It’s about scooters It’s about e-bikes It’s about all of those things and making sure that those users aren’t conflicting with each other So, I take the point that you wish it would go faster Look, the reality is we are pushing for this one We are going as fast as we can We’ve done the primary network We’re working on the secondary network now and we’ll continue to rollout an infrastructure

build at the same time as doing that, but we have to remember that a lot of the projects that were easy to do in the primary network have now been done and there are a lot of costly projects that sit within there The work that we’re bringing forward over the coming weeks and months as part of the COVID stuff, that is easier stuff That is the cheaper stuff, that we can do stuff that can be done with signs and lines So, I realise we probably will never invest to a level that you will be satisfied with, Councillor SRI, but we will just have to agree to disagree, as we so often do Councillor SRI: A point of order, Chair Deputy Chair: Point of order, Councillor SRI Councillor SRI: Will Councillor MURPHY just take one more quick clarificatory question? Councillor MURPHY: Sure Deputy Chair: Councillor MURPHY, are you happy to take a question from Councillor SRI? Councillor SRI: Thanks for indulging me Just from my understanding— Deputy Chair: No Hang on Hang on Councillor SRI, Councillor MURPHY hasn’t responded yet whether he would take— Councillor SRI: I heard he said yes Deputy Chair: Okay Councillor MURPHY: I said I’m happy to take it, Deputy Chair Councillor SRI: Sure Thank you Deputy Chair: Thank you, Councillor SRI Councillor SRI: Yes Thanks So, I think I understand all of that I’m just uncertain because, for example, the Vulture Street bike lanes, it’s already identified in the existing bicycle network overlay as a primary cycle route subcategory But recently we’ve had some high-rise developments going along Vulture Street in South Brisbane near the train station I know space was set aside for future bike lanes and the footpaths were designed in a way that’s kind of not particularly good for bikes either It forces pedestrians and cyclists into close conflict So, I take your point, but I—can you just explain how is that existing bicycle network overlay functioning and why is it that even on a street that’s currently identified on the primary network overlay that developers aren’t taking that stuff into account or that we’re not requiring developers to take that into account? Councillor MURPHY: Yes Look, it’s a good point that you make, Councillor SRI The reality is that Council has traditionally delivered bikeways very much in a project-driven sense, so we’ll identify a project and we’ll go from A to B and we’ll complete the project in that way It hasn’t been the case that we can just condition a developer to build a slice of bikeway outside the front of their development and then just leave it as orphaned infrastructure in the same way that sometimes happens with footpaths You see developers will add those footpaths outside the front of their development and then Council will come through eventually and connect it up It has simply not been the case historically that Council has delivered bikeways in that way, but certainly that would be something—that would be the direction that we would like to head in in areas where it’s possible It’s not possible in all areas, because of constructability concerns So, the active transport network plan, it covers off on all those issues Sure, when officers come out to consult with you on the plan, in weeks by the way, not in—not next year or not in 2021, I think which was claimed previously by someone in this debate Then you would be able to have your input as each and every Councillor in this place will be able to have their input on that plan Thank you, Deputy Chair I commend the motion to the Chamber Deputy Chair: Thank you, Councillor MURPHY Councillor JOHNSTON: A point of order Deputy Chair: I will now put the motion Councillor JOHNSTON: A point of order Deputy Chair: Sorry Councillor JOHNSTON point of order Councillor JOHNSTON: Yes Thank you, Mr Deputy Chair Unidentified Councillor: Nicole, you’re still muted Councillor JOHNSTON: Sorry All the way through that debate we had 10 non-video participants in the Council meeting and there were 23 Councillors, now 24 Could you please advise us who the 10 non-video participants are and if you can’t advise us, can you make sure their names are recorded in the minutes, because it shows they are participating in the meeting and we don’t know who they are Deputy Chair: Yes I’ll take that on notice, Councillor JOHNSTON, and we will have a look at that for you and get back to you We will now put the—Councillor MURPHY’s resolution All those in favour raise your hand and say aye Councillors say aye Deputy Chair: Those against The ayes have it Councillors, can I draw your attention now to the Infrastructure Committee, please Councillor McLACHLAN Councillor McLACHLAN: Thank you, Mr Deputy Chair I move that the report of the Infrastructure Committee meeting held on Tuesday 19 May 2020 be adopted Councillor MATIC: Seconded Deputy Chair: It has been moved by Councillor McLACHLAN and seconded by Councillor MATIC that the report of the Infrastructure Committee dated Tuesday 19 March 2020 be adopted

Councillor McLACHLAN Councillor McLACHLAN: I will correct you on that, Deputy Chair May, sir, not March But— Deputy Chair: Sorry My apologies My apologies Councillor McLACHLAN: Moving on Moving on Moving on The presentation last week was on the U-turn signal trial Now, this was something that was commenced by my predecessor in this Chair and Councillor COOPER did great work in this regard to get this going, looking at the appropriateness of the signs at traffic signals in particular for U-turns and recognising there’s a disparity between rules and laws in New South Wales and rules and laws here in Queensland So, what had been initiated, and this was the presentation on the outcome of the trial, was looking at simpler signage I can’t show you the images here unfortunately, but what was presented to the committee last week was a simpler sign that tells a clearer picture to those who might want to undertake a U-turn at traffic signals So, what this showed is there’s through increasing the visibility, legibility of the signage, there has been increased safety; that is, fewer illegal U-turns at traffic lights in particular So that was the trial that was undertaken That was the outcome of the trial The next stage is to talk to TMR I think TMR has been most interested The Department of Transport and Main Roads has been most interested in the outcome of this trial We’ll certainly share this information with them Obviously, they have a remit for the rules and laws across the whole of the state, rather than just here in Brisbane But that is the outcome that will be achieved from undertaking this trial is to share that with TMR and to see if there’s a way of initiating through the manual of uniform traffic control devices a simpler sign that can be adopted across the state Mr Deputy Chair, there was also a petition before the committee last week that was calling for the installation of traffic calming devices in Holland Park West If there’s any debate, I will respond after that Thank you, Mr Deputy Chair Deputy Chair: Thank you, Councillor McLACHLAN Is there further debate? Councillor GRIFFITHS Mute Councillor GRIFFITHS: Sorry Yes Yes I’ve unmuted Sorry Deputy Chair: Thank you Councillor GRIFFITHS: Just—I don’t know if you can see that? Yes That’s the simplicity of the new sign that is being proposed Can I say Councillor COOPER was good in picking this up This came out of a discussion at the Infrastructure Committee and she wrote to Mark Bailey, the Minister for Transport and it was good to see that this trial got up and going and has been very successful One of the most successful sites has actually been at Moorooka, where we have a very large issue of people breaking the law at a particular U-turn site So, I welcome this, the Labor Party welcomes this and we hope that TMR will consider extending the trial or, if not, approve these signs Thank you Deputy Chair: Thank you, Councillor GRIFFITHS Further debate? Councillor ADAMS DEPUTY MAYOR DEPUTY MAYOR: Just got me on mute Thank you, Mr Deputy Chair I would like to speak on Item A and Item B I’d like to reiterate what Councillor McLACHLAN and Councillor GRIFFITHS said It’s been a very successful trial and I note that Councillor GRIFFITHS said one of the most successful sites—I’ll go up then, the most successful site at Holland Park West at Logan Road and Birdwood Road But give them their due, there was also a very big intersection upgrade there funded by the Federal Government that has made it very clear that U-turns are quite awkward at that intersection as well I remember the debate for many, many years that you only put No U-turn at very rare occasions and everybody should know they can’t U-turn at traffics except where it’s signalled, which was always frustrating So, this, yes, was a very, very good outcome for the community Even though it is the law, sometimes people forget and they’re looking at what they can do to get easier access around the place too, so a fantastic outcome and would love to see this, as you mentioned, Councillor McLACHLAN, rolled out across the city at places where we do have issues with people doing U-turns at intersections With regards to Item B, the traffic calming in Sterculia Avenue, there’s been a long discussion in the community around traffic-calming in Sterculia Avenue It is a long road It is windy It has several bends and hills, a long-contested school zone that we can’t get, because the gate from the school is 100 metres away from the road It ends at a busway at the end It is a district connector, but it is also fully residential

As it’s said here in the petition, we—I did do the survey for local traffic management in 2018 We did a traffic count in 2019 There is a SAM that lives there permanently, which does go a long way to reducing the traffic But it is very, very separate issues, depending on what part of the street you live along in Sterculia Avenue as well So even though the LATM survey came back that the majority of the street didn’t want it, there is one straight section that comes of Logan Road that were quite supportive of traffic management at their end of the street and I am working with officers at the moment about what that might look like if it was just a certain segment of the street and whether that can be done, but I’ll continue to work with the community on what we can do in this area and I fully support the response that went back to the petitioners Thank you Deputy Chair: Thank you, DEPUTY MAYOR Further speakers? There being no hands rising, I will now put the resolution All those in favour say—raise your hand and say aye Councillors say aye Deputy Chair: Those against The ayes have it Just before we move on, I might address Councillor JOHNSTON’s question before regarding who is in the meeting Outside of those Councillors who have their videos turned off, we have two IT personnel, we have three clerks, we have an authorised officer and also the Chair of Council So, they’re the ones who are participating in the meeting outside the Councillors who are not currently present in the meeting Councillor JOHNSTON: Thank you, Mr Deputy Chair That— Deputy Chair: Sorry Now I’ll move on to— Councillor JOHNSTON: Sorry That was a question Deputy Chair: Sorry Councillor JOHNSTON Councillor JOHNSTON: That adds up to seven So, there were nine and there were 10 when Councillor MURPHY were speaking Deputy Chair: Yes As I’ve mentioned, they were the people in the meeting who were not Councillors So, there were some Councillors not present at the time in the meeting Okay? Thank you I’ll now hand the Chair back to the Chair of Council Thank you Chair: Thank you Councillor TOOMEY Thank you, Councillor TOOMEY Councillors, the Environment, Parks and Sustainability Committee, please Councillor CUNNINGHAM: Thanks, Mr Chair I move that the report of the Environment, Parks and Sustainability Committee meeting held on Tuesday 19 May 2020 be adopted Councillor DAVIS: Seconded Chair: It’s been moved by Councillor CUNNINGHAM, seconded by Councillor DAVIS, that the report of the Environment, Parks and Sustainability Committee meeting dated Tuesday 19 May 2020 be adopted Is there any debate? Councillor CUNNINGHAM Councillor CUNNINGHAM: Thank you, Chair Councillor GRIFFITHS: A point of order, Mr Chair Chair: A point of order— Councillor GRIFFITHS: Yes Chair: —to you, Councillor GRIFFITHS Councillor GRIFFITHS: Yes Thanks, Mr Chair I was just going to ask if Item C could just be taking seriatim for voting Chair: Item C for seriatim for voting Councillor GRIFFITHS: Yes Chair: Okay Councillor GRIFFITHS: Thanks Chair: Councillor CUMMING, please proceed Councillor CUNNINGHAM: Thank you, Chair So, the presentation in committee last week was about bees in Brisbane Very timely, as the following day was World Bee Day Through you, Mr Chair, I know Councillor MACKAY is particularly passionate about bees and he actively supports them, the establishment of native beehives, in his ward, so keep up the great work, Councillor MACKAY There are more than 1,700 species of native bees in Australia and, as we know, bees pollinate native forests, trees and plants and support biodiversity European honeybees pollinate commercial crops, including cereal, fruit, nut and vegetable crops and it’s estimated the value of pollination services is $19 billion So, Council’s efforts to support native bees include installing native bee hotels and encouraging residents to install a hive or bee hotel in their backyard Council officers grants to—offers grants to support community groups to improve homes and opportunities for native bees to colonise in new areas across our city We help save bees by finding new owners and homes for swarming honeybees, while removing some wild swarms in some inappropriate places We’re also currently trialling native bee hotels in Council parks in partnership with B4C So, in the committee last week, we had a petition also requesting a skate park in Windsor Park The petition was signed by nine people asking that a skate facility be added to Windsor Park, with the majority of Windsor Park dedicated to providing small sporting and community facility uses—sorry—I’m a bit tired tonight, Mr Chair—there’s only a small section of the park that is allocated for general recreation

So, Council officers have determined that there’s insufficient space in Windsor Park to construct a skate facility that would adequately be separated enough from adjoining residents to mitigate the potential noise and amenity impacts The second petition, as Councillor GRIFFITHS has identified, was a request to declare a climate emergency Calls for Council to declare a climate emergency were debated in this Chamber last year The truth is, our administration has done more to recognise and address climate change than many other local governments across Australia We are recognised as a leader in this space Making a declaration won’t change the outcome Our action in reducing our carbon emissions speak louder than words than this—certainly speak louder than a symbolic gesture, so I will leave the rest to the Chamber Thank you Chair: Further speakers? Councillor GRIFFITHS Councillor GRIFFITHS: Yes Unmuted Thanks Thanks, Mr Chair Look, I just really want to speak about the climate emergency declaration Obviously, we spent a lot of time last talking about that and talking about the importance of that for Brisbane City Council We are the biggest Council in Australia Potentially, we’ve got the ability to lead and to demonstrate the importance of what can happen in terms of supporting this declaration It’s disappointing that the LNP didn’t support this declaration, that this LNP Council didn’t support this declaration Sometimes acts and having declarations are just as important or go alongside having actions We saw that earlier tonight with the DV document that was brought through the Chamber You have the action plan or the broad belief that goes with what you’re actually doing Similarly, we believe with the—with climate change and calling for emergency declaration of the climate that this would reinforce our role as a leader in the country It’s interesting to note that with coronavirus I’ve been reading National Geographic and other organisations are reporting that the drop in carbon This has actually been the most useful way of getting a drop in carbon across the planet They’ve reported that the drop in China of their carbon production is down 25% and across the planet the drop in carbon is down significantly too We remain committed to calling for a climate emergency Thank you, Mr Chair Chair: Further speakers? I see Councillor SRI Councillor SRI: Thanks, Chair Also just want to again share my disappointment that the administration is not supporting the petition calling for a climate emergency declaration This debate has been had at length in the Chamber previously, so I won’t rehash the entire thing now, but, yes, it’s quite disappointing and I think—I guess I’d hoped that—I mean, we’ve just had a Council election where almost one in five Brisbane residents voted for the Greens Maybe that would send some signal to the administration that they need to take issues like climate change a little bit more seriously It’s a bit disappointing that that doesn’t seem to have happened and there hasn’t been a big shift in that respect But I just thought it might be interesting the Councillor GRIFFITHS point, that also the recent COVID shutdown has seen a dramatic drop in fossil fuels and energy consumption, a lot—I think it also has demonstrated that individual reductions in consumption, such as people flying less and driving less, et cetera, are not in and of themselves enough to address climate change Because those significant drops that we’ve seen in fossil fuel emissions while in some sense is positive, don’t actually go far enough to address the climate crisis we’re all facing So, I think it highlights the importance of systematic structural change and, in particular, the importance of holding big industries to account So, when you think about it, we’ve just had a massive reduction in fossil fuel emissions because of a global shutdown and that still hasn’t been enough to drop carbon emissions down to where they need to be going forward, which I think really highlights the need for particularly broad systematic foundational change That’s why people are calling for these climate emergency declarations, because the pace of change that we need and the kinds of changes we need are dramatic and sometimes difficult to comprehend if you haven’t turned your mind to it closely

So, yes, I don’t want to labour the point too much, but, just again really disappointed that the LNP isn’t supporting this idea of a climate emergency declaration I should flag that I’m sure there’ll be further motions along this topic in the future I think it will be interesting to see how and to what extent the administration shifts its position over time, but to the people who—I don’t know the people who put this petition together, but I’m sorry that the administration hasn’t listened to you In the grand scheme of things, it would have been a pretty small gesture It wouldn’t have actually cost Council very much to declare a climate emergency It’s not like a particularly large budget impact to acknowledge that we’re at last facing a crisis It would have been quite an easy thing for the Council to do, in fact, and yet still no action So, yes, a bit disappointing and I’d hoped for better Chair: Further speakers? Councillor CUNNINGHAM Councillor CUNNINGHAM: Thanks, Chair So, this so-called emergency declaration is an issue that Council has been working on for 20 years So, look, a large achievement that I think is sometimes overlooked is that in early 2017, Council achieved carbon neutrality Councillor GRIFFITHS talked about reducing carbon Council is the largest certified carbon-neutral organisation in Australia and this includes our contractors’ emissions, something that he would well know If you contrast this to the Labor State Government for just a second, they can’t even get one department of their government to be carbon neutral and our entire Council is carbon neutral So, Councillor SRI, to your point, for more than half my life, Council has been working on practical ways to reduce waste and implement activities that deal with climate change So, I just reject that your statement that Council doesn’t take it seriously enough This is something that we have been working on for a long time, so I will commend the report to the Chamber I think we’ve covered all the points previously Chair: I will now put the resolution for Items A and B On Items A and B, all those in favour say aye and raise your hands Councillors say aye Chair: Thank you Please lower them Those against, no, and raise your hands The ayes have it On Item C All those in favour please say aye and raise your hands Councillors say aye Chair: Thank you Please lower them On Item C those against please say no and raise your hands Councillors say no Chair: The ayes have it All right there appears to be no division I will move to the next report City Standards, Community Health and Safety please Councillor MARX: Yes, thank you, Mr Chair I move that the report of the City Standards, Community Health and Safety Committee meeting held on Tuesday 19 May 2020 be adopted Chair: It has been moved by Councillor MARX, seconded by Councillor TOOMEY that the report of the City Standards, Community Health and Safety Committee meeting dated Tuesday 19 May 2020 be adopted Is there any debate? Councillor MARX Councillor MARX: Yes, thank you, Mr Chair Councillor STRUNK: Point of order, Mr Chair Chair: Point of order to you I think it’s Councillor STRUNK Yes, Councillor STRUNK Councillor STRUNK: Yes, thank you, Chair Listen can I move that the Item B be taken in seriatim for voting purposes please? Chair: Item B, voting, seriatim—seriatim for voting, Item B. Councillor MARX Councillor MARX: Yes, thank you, Mr Chair Look, there are a couple of questions from last week’s Committee that we unfortunately didn’t get time to answer this morning, in this morning’s Committee So, I’m happy to take a minute to do that now So, one of the questions we had last week was from Councillor CUMMING regarding the two park projects in Heathwood You requested details on what was included in these projects and the budget that was allocated They are probably questions better suited to the Environment, Parks and Sustainability Committee but there is some overlap in portfolios Since you’ve asked the questions here I’m more than happy to address them In total expenditure on the Heathwood Park project was $1.3 million across a number of different funding sources Work was undertaken between 2018 and 2019 It involved park safety lighting, sports field lighting, concord net replacement, park cricket facilities, a shelter for fitness equipment and a banner pole installation The second Rotary Park project in Heathwood had a budget of $280,000 and was funded through the ward footpath and parks trust fund in two parts The EP&S Committee approved expenditure in December 2017 and June 2018 Stage 1 involved the building of a new playground, creation of a fenced DOLA, installation of a new picnic shelter, taps and bubblers Stage 2 involved establishing a multi-level sandstone wall and landscaping

So, it sounds like a pretty nice park upgrade So maybe given your keen level of interest in this particular upgrade I maybe suggest you take a drive out there to Heathwood I’m sure Councillor OWEN would be more than happy to show you around one of her parks that she’s upgraded The next question we’ve also had was from Councillor JOHNSTON about the crash history on which the Committee presentation was at Beenleigh Road and Nursery Avenue intersection in Runcorn As I mentioned at the time there was definitely a fatality So, the official accident data is there were eight reported crashes between January 2013 and December 2018 resulting in one fatality, two hospitalisations and five incidents requiring medical treatment The crash data was collected by the Department of Transport and Mains Road, road safety and management division based on reports generated by the QPS As I also mentioned at the time Beenleigh Road is one of the busiest roads through my area and it has approximately 21,000 vehicles per day Which leads us on to what the Committee presentation was about which was Beenleigh Road and Nursery Avenue, Runcorn I did mention in my report last week in Committee that I wanted to pass on my thanks to the council officers and everyone that was involved in this particular project It was one that finished in a very timely manner It certainly came in on budget There was very, very little disruption to the local community So, I’m very pleased that they did such a great job So, on a more public note I want to pass on my congratulations to everyone involved in that presentation and that project There were three petitions which were brought to Committee I’m happy to leave them for debate Chair: Further speakers? Councillor STRUNK Councillor STRUNK: Thank you, Chair Listen I want to speak on Item or Clause B, the petition that was actually lodged with Council I believe about 18 months ago So, thank you to the new chair, Councillor MARX, for rescuing this petition So I was—the comments I made—I didn’t support the recommendation because whilst the issue was something that I have a great deal of sympathy for, it was the fact that the recommendation that I put in was—to vote against the recommendation—was because the Council hadn’t really achieved the two items; the feeding of birds and also the transport depot being operated from this particular address They actually hadn’t stopped that happening Now the recommendation said that they had curtailed the transport depot and they couldn’t find that birds were being fed But after that came through I checked it out with the complainant and—or the head petitioner—and found that it was still continuing So that’s why I didn’t approve or wouldn’t endorse the recommendation Now a bit of good news We’ve checked in recent times—I think it was just before or just after the election—there was some mediation that went on between the head petitioner and the person or the property—the owner of the property that they were complaining against The outcome of that mediation was that the transport depot or the amount of trucks that were actually intersecting or interacting in that particular street was greatly reduced Also, the birds—that they stopped feeding the birds as well So, I was just quite astounded that it took 18 months for the petition to actually come to this Chamber I don’t know what happened Maybe the new chair can answer that question But I just find that quite outstanding or unbelievable Anyway, thank you, Chair Chair: Further speakers? Councillor CUMMING Councillor CUMMING: Thank you, Mr Chair Mr Chair, I refer to Item D—clause D and ask also that it be taken seriatim for voting purposes Chair: Item D seriatim for voting Please continue Councillor CUMMING: Item D is a petition which requests Council take action to remove two shipping containers located in a property at 85 Walnut Street, Wynnum I have presented petitions containing 186 signatures on 27 August and 3 September last

year which is nine months ago So, it’s taken a long time for the administration to deal with the petition Local residents are most unimpressed with this building going on in their area The two containers were dumped one on top of each other along the side boundary of their property The containers are placed close to the side boundary and affect the views of the bay of neighbours in Walnut Street and the street at the back, Cedar Street and are most concerned about this type of development, if you could call it that, occurring in the Wynnum Manly area We’ve already put up with duplexes being built in the Wynnum Manly area, some 75 of them approved as granny flats and the builders had no intention of having any related persons living in the premises They were advertised as dual income properties Then we’ve had many boarding houses built in the area which have five units but only two off-street car parking spaces required So, I’m just interested to know what will be next with these containers I think the next thing will be having an Airbnb establishment using the containers The other insult though is the response from Council I’ll refer you to paragraph 44 It points out the property is in the character zone precinct and covered by the traditional building character overlay in the Brisbane City Plan 2014 I’m quoting from paragraph 44 In the traditional building character overlay houses built in or before 1946 to be retained and any extensions or alterations are to complement the traditional building style So, two containers dumped on top of each other are extensions or alterations which complement the traditional building style That’s a farce, Mr Chair Containers complement an old Queenslander What rubbish So, anything goes in the City of Brisbane under the laissez faire Liberals Chair: Further speakers? No? Councillor MARX Councillor MARX: Yes, thank you, Mr Chair Yes, I just want to address Councillor STRUNK through you, Mr Chair, regarding his petition Just let you know Councillor STRUNK through you, Chair, that Councillor CUMMING did speak up on your behalf at that Committee meeting about that particular petition that you had put forward I did mention that if the information was still not relevant to certainly bring it forward again to us So, it’s very pleasing to hear that the mediation between the parties has worked I’m delighted to hear it I think sometimes that’s the best way, is people kind of potentially work stuff out themselves without coming through us But that was a really good outcome so I’m pleased to hear it As far as Councillor CUMMING’s concern with his petition, what he was talking about, my understanding is this was done through a private certifier so there is nothing more I can add to that comment other than, that’s the way it was done That’s all I have so thank you, Mr Chair Chair: I will now put the resolution up for Items A and C Items A and C all those in favour say aye and raise your hands Councillors say aye Chair: Those against—please lower your hands—those against please say no and raise your hands They ayes have it On Item B All those in favour please say aye and raise your hands Councillors say aye Chair: Please lower them All those against please say no and raise your hands Councillors say no Chair: The ayes have it On Item D All those in favour say aye and raise your hands Councillors say aye: Chair: Thank you Please lower them Those against Item D please raise your hands and say no Councillors say no Chair: The ayes have it Thank you Councillors The Community, Arts and Nighttime Economy Committee please Councillor HOWARD: Thank you, Mr Chair I move that the report of the Community, Arts and Nighttime Economy Committee meeting held on Tuesday 19 May 2020 be adopted Councillor LANDERS: Seconded Chair: It has been moved by Councillor HOWARD and seconded by Councillor LANDERS that the report of the Community, Arts and Nighttime Economy Committee meeting dated Tuesday 19 May 2020 be adopted Is there any debate? Councillor HOWARD Councillor HOWARD: Thank you, Mr Chair I will be very quick Last week we had a presentation from Council’s manager of customer services on the work that our business hotline does to support businesses in Brisbane We heard also that the business hotline manages the lighting of our Council assets and also filming applications which was quite interesting for the Committee to hear some of those I’d certainly like to take this opportunity as always to thank our fantastic teams and the incredible work they do Mr Chair, the other item that we had was a petition requesting Council keep and protect the Sunnybank Bowls Club as a community space I will leave the debate to the Chamber

Chair: Further speakers? Councillor MARX Councillor MARX: Yes, thank you, Mr Chair I just rise to speak very briefly on Item B, the petition about requesting Council keep and protect the Sunnybank Bowls Club as a community space Look I just want to say for the record that this was a silly political stunt by the ALP candidate I spoke to a number of the residents who approached me about the signing of the petition They were led to believe that the building was going to be turned into townhouses on that site That was never, ever going to be the case Everybody knew that It was just silly nonsense games The only way that that could ever be changed into townhouses was if the State Government rezoned that site That site is zoned for sport and rec, always has been, always will be In fact, I just met up with officers today who were able to give me the briefing that the outdoor sporting multi-use court is now available for use It’s on the website Obviously unfortunately because of the COVID then no one can actually use it at the moment So hopefully by the time summer rolls around people will be able to go onto the website, log on and book those courts for use As part of the upgrade there we’re looking at doing some new toilets, canteen, change sheds as well The stage two is some of the inside—interior—that needed refurbishing That was all undertaken by Council They did the installation of accessible entry ramps, they did electrical repairs Upgrades had to be undertaken because it was completely non-compliant Lighting repairs and upgrades, plumbing repairs and upgrades, air conditioning repairs and upgrades, installation of smoke detectors and fire equipment and internal ceiling repairs—all of that work has already been undertaken Half of that community space has been used and let out to many different community groups for the past year and half since the bowling club ceased their leasing So, to suggest that we would spend that sort of money and then allow it to be knocked down, that was just an absolute nonsense I’m looking forward to being out there on the day when the COVID restrictions are lifted and the LORD MAYOR comes along and we can officially open the multi-use court out there at Sunnybank Community Centre Thank you Chair: Further speakers? Councillor GRIFFITHS Councillor GRIFFITHS: Yes, thanks, Mr Chair I wasn’t going to speak but I couldn’t help but have to chime in after hearing that little speech It was interesting that yes the candidate out there, John Prescott, who did a great job certainly works very hard in his local community and was very popular, did take this petition or did help support this petition The track record of this LNP Council is appalling when it comes to bowls clubs All we need to do is look no further than Wellers Hill Bowls Club or Tarragindi Bowls Club where Council has allowed that land to be developed and not just into townhouses, but a high rise development There’s been no saving of that land There’s been—I was just astounded to hear how much is being spent on that bowls club in Councillor MARX’s ward There’s been no money invested in the bowls club It has just been that Council—Council, not the State, has allowed that land to be used for a private development They’ve allowed that facility to be lost to the City Chair: Councillor GRIFFITHS, I appreciate the point you’re trying to make but this is a petition about Sunnybank I know you’re— Councillor GRIFFITHS: I agree and I’m coming back to the point, Mr Chair Chair: —but can I bring you back to Sunnybank please Councillor GRIFFITHS: Yeah, I come back to the point about the amount of money spent at Sunnybank and the fact that we have the Chair of City Standards telling us the standard she received in her ward Well I hope that standard is going to be delivered in every other ward to every other community facility like she has received Thank you, Mr Chair Councillor interjecting Chair: Further speakers? Councillor COOK Councillor COOK: Thank you, Mr Chair I just want to speak briefly as well on this Item B, the petition requesting Council keep and protect the Sunnybank Bowls Club As I was sitting in this Committee last week, Mr Chair, I was actually quite—you know, pleasantly surprised about the level of investment in this particular bowls club It reminded me a lot of the situation at Cannon Hill Bowls Club which is now in Councillor ATWOOD’s ward but last year was in my ward Very similar circumstances there where the lease was surrendered Extensive work was required to be done I had a number of conversations with Council officers about the opportunity to turn these bowls clubs into community centres, exactly what has been done here at Sunnybank Hills I think that this demonstrates exactly what Council can do when there is a willingness and a capital expenditure to match, let alone I have no idea how much—I’d be interested

to know—all of these extensive upgrades that were undertaken, what the cost of that was We did find out in the Committee meeting today that the synthetic field alone was a $1 million investment from Council in addition to all of these other works which we have heard about—installation of accessible entry ramps, electrical repairs and upgrades, lighting repairs, plumbing repairs, air conditioning repairs, smoke detectors, internal ceiling repairs In the case of Cannon Hill there was some upgrades undertaken but then it was put out to lease which meant that many smaller community organisations in my community lost the opportunity to have a space where they could go to and utilise as effectively what is a Council managed facility I think this is a really good use of Council facilities I think that it enables a lot of the smaller groups to have the opportunity to, as I said, have somewhere to go I think that this would be an excellent example to roll out to other parts of the city I’d love to see Council putting up the capital investment to do that I’d love to see more bowling greens where possible turned into synthetic surfaces to save these clubs money as well as the use for other sports like badminton, soccer and for practicing ball skills There’s just so much opportunity here So, look I support the outcome of the petition and I think that it could, as Councillor GRIFFITHS has said, have gone a very different way But here we will see in the upcoming budget whether or not these types of commitments are rolled out in non-LNP areas, Mr Chair Thank you Chair: Further speakers? Councillor HOWARD Councillor HOWARD: Thank you, Mr Chair I would like to respond to some of the debate through you and through you, Mr Chair, to Councillor MARX to thank her for her comments In fact, we actually had a presentation in Committee this morning about the synthetic turf that is part of that upgrade Everybody was very impressed with that including Councillor COOK So, I would just like to correct the record a little bit though on the Cannon Hill Bowls Club It was put out to tender due to the community demand out that way It was something that has been worked through with the Council officers So, through you, Mr Chair, every site is different We work very closely with the Councillor to work out what it is that is required for that community need So, I see lots of laughter on the Zoom which is really good that you can see everyone But can I just say that Councillor MARX worked really, really hard for her community and the outcome is amazing and fantastic So, I look forward to working with each and every Councillor within the Chamber to make sure that all of our community clubs get the level of attention that they all deserve and which as the chair of that Committee, I am committed to achieving So, thank you, Mr Chair Councillor interjecting Chair: I will now put the resolution All those in favour say aye and raise your hands Councillors say aye Chair: Thank you All those against say no and raise your hands The ayes have it Councillors the Finance, Administration and Small Business Committee please Councillor ALLAN Councillor ALLAN: Thank you, Mr Chair I move that the report of the Finance, Administration and Small Business Committee meeting held on Tuesday 19 May 2020 be adopted Councillor HUANG: Seconded Chair: It has been moved by Councillor ALLAN and seconded by Councillor HUANG that the report of the Finance, Administration and Small Business Committee meeting dated Tuesday 19 May 2020 be adopted Is there any debate? Councillor ALLAN Councillor ALLAN: Thank you, Mr Chair In the Committee we had a presentation on the local procurement update in particular and how our local procurement works at a high level The outline was provided of the procurement policy and plan It sort of gives a high level overview of how we go about procurement There was also a section there that outlined the context and scale of Council’s procurement activities One of the headline numbers is that procurement spend is about $1.3 billion per annum, so obviously a very significant function within Council It also provided some oversight on the practices that they adopt in terms of procuring services

and products under $250,000 and over $250,000 and how there is a very heavy focus on supporting local business It also outlined a number of the successes they’d had in the procurement space and also some of the opportunities There’s a lengthy list of opportunities in the report for us today In addition to the procurement presentation we had a report on the bank and investment report from March 2020 I’ll leave further debate to the chamber Chair: Further speakers? I see no further speakers Councillor ALLAN, further comments? Councillor ALLAN: All good Chair: I’ll put the resolution All those in favour say aye and raise your hands Councillors say aye Chair: Those against, no and raise your hands The ayes have it Councillors are there any petitions? Councillor COOK Councillor COOK: Yes, thank you, Mr Chair I have a petition signed by 1,216 signatories to save our sporting and community clubs Chair: Councillor TOOMEY Councillor TOOMEY: Thank you, Chair I have a petition from 30 residents in Ashgrove requesting Council relocate a Telstra tower Chair: Any further—I can’t see any further petitions May I please have a resolution to accept those? Councillor LANDERS: Mr Chair, I move that the petitions as presented be received and referred to the committee concerned for consideration and report Councillor GRIFFITHS: Seconded Chair: It has been moved by Councillor LANDERS and seconded by Councillor GRIFFITHS that the petitions as presented be received and referred to the committee concerned for consideration and report All those in favour say aye and raise your hands Councillors say aye Chair: Thank you Those against say no and raise your hands The ayes have it Councillors are there any matters of general business? Are there any statements required as a result of the Councillor Conduct Review Panel Order? Are there any matters of general business? Councillor COOK Councillor COOK: Thank you, Mr Chair I will only speak briefly tonight But I wanted to acknowledge the passing of a long-serving Council employee, Mr John Niukkanen, who passed away on 17 March 2020 John had been battling illness in recent times but his passing has come as a surprise to many including his friends and colleagues in the East region where he was the parks co-ordinator I was only very recently made aware of John’s passing and I wanted to read a brief statement by one of his colleagues into the Council record It says, John worked at Council for 44 years and 10 months He was highly regarded by his Council colleagues and the many elected representatives he worked with during his career His knowledge of our parks was second none and I understand that people from all over the city would call John for his opinion on anything park related John’s frequent response to park related questions was well known to be first, second and third, no with the rationale always being best use and care of the park He could eventually respond with a considered yes if the work was meritorious His wealth of knowledge within the parks area at East region is incomparable and his legacy will live on for a very long time Mr Chair, I always found John to be respectful He had incredible knowledge that extended across many Council areas I enjoyed doing our Council park tours and his long running commentary about the history of many sites across my local area As a Council employee of almost 45 years I think it is appropriate and important to recognise his service tonight I ask all Councillors to keep John, his family, friends and colleagues in their thoughts Thank you Councillor interjecting Chair: Further speakers? Councillor ADAMS DEPUTY MAYOR: Thank you, Mr Chair Look I just would like to reiterate exactly what Councillor Kara COOK said It was very, very sad to hear of the passing of Mr John Niukkanen, as she mentioned has been in Council for 45 years I had a very close working relationship with him for 12 years, as he did with my mother for the 12 years that she was Councillor in the East suburbs as well There is nothing that John did not know about parks in Brisbane, let alone RSLs which was his absolute specialty He will be sorely missed They are enormous shoes to fill Vale John Niukkanen Chair: Further speakers? Councillor CASSIDY Councillor CASSIDY: Thanks, Chair I speak tonight and make a few remarks about Sorry Day—National Sorry Day—which falls today, 26 May 2020 Today we remember and reflect on the mistreatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who were forcibly removed from their families and communities to be raised in homes or adopted

or fostered out to white families Today marks 23 years since the Bringing Them Home report which was the result of a government inquiry into past policies where it was estimated over 100,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children were forcibly removed from their families and their communities These children were forced to stop learning their language and culture The first National Sorry Day was held in 1998, 12 months on from the tabling of the Bringing Them Home report in the federal parliament National Sorry Day is a day to acknowledge and reflect on the deep hurt and trauma caused by these policies and the intergenerational trauma which still impacts on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families, communities and people to this day This is an important truth-telling about Australia’s history where from the 1800s right through to as recently as 1970 the government was removing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families, taking them from their family culture and their land Here in Brisbane in 1997 the Brisbane City Council led by then Lord Mayor Jim Soorley, churches and local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities began a series of events called Kul-gun Da Lo-bol Pa—the journey home, to recognise the stolen generation Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander elders led a procession to city hall where they were formally welcomed by the Lord Mayor Cultural and historical ceremonies were conducted to mark the starting of a healing process That year Lord Mayor Jim Soorley instigated the installation of commemorative Sorry Day plaques in Brisbane parks as a mark of respect, apology and remembrance to the stolen generations These locations on or near sites where the stolen generations were removed to—Orleigh Park at West End; Pandanus Point, Wynnum Foreshore, Teralba Park at Everton Park; Kalinga Park, Nundah; the Sherwood Arboretum at Sherwood and in King George Square in Brisbane CBD Each year we gather at these locations for National Sorry Day to have special ceremonies for remembrance and reflection However, this year of course COVID-19 has presented a significant challenge We would normally gather for Sorry Day ceremonies in places like King George Square and Kalinga Park, somewhere I’ve been each and every year I’ve been a Councillor But this year is of course different but no less important Since 1998 the Noonga Reconciliation Group has hosted National Sorry Day ceremonies in Kalinga Park This year that group has created a virtual Sorry Day ceremony I certainly encourage Councillors and members of the community to join in that ceremony where you’re able to That is all available on their YouTube channel With Council support they’ve also developed educational resources called Towards a Just and Harmonious Future with local historical perspective on National Sorry Day If we are to heal the damage and hurts of the past we need to come together to listen to Australia’s first nation voices and recognise the facts and engage in a truth-telling about our history An important step for that genuine and ongoing reconciliation is for voice, treaty and truth as contained in the Uluru Statement from the Heart It was around a year ago, just under a year ago, that this Council supported this important movement which is something I’m certainly very proud of to be a Councillor of a Council that has done that The very best tribute to those who had laid such significant groundwork is to continue to push for greater progress towards genuine reconciliation Thank you Councillor interjecting Chair: Further speakers? I see no further speakers I declare the meeting closed Good night Thank you everybody