With stunning natural assets, clear blue skies and a subtropical lifestyle, Brisbane embodies the best of Australia. The city is renowned for its clean air, rich biodiversity, natural habitat, generous green spaces, and a commitment to sustainability that has twice earned it the accolade of Australia’s Most Sustainable City. Initiatives that contributed to this success included: investment in public transport, a low emissions bus fleet, and fast-tracking the acquisition of 750 hectares of at-risk bushland with the goal of 40 per cent bushland cover by 2031. Demonstrating leadership in sustainability, Brisbane City Council is certified carbon neutral against the Australian Government’s National Carbon Offset Standard, making it Australia’s largest 100 per cent carbon neutral organisation. The city’s commitment to sustainability continues with Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner recently announcing a plan to build five new pedestrian bridges to ease traffic congestion and build a cleaner, greener and more active city.
The municipality of Brisbane has a focus on environmental sustainability and aims to continuously build on its achievements. The city has performed well in a number of areas such clear air, with fine particle matter per annum sitting very low (PM2.5 = 7ug/m3 & PM10 = 15ug/m3). None of the city's solid waste is disposed of in an incinerator and 100 per cent of the city’s water receives wastewater centralised treatment. Soft mobility transport is easily accessible and there has been a greater focus on providing accessible electric vehicle charging stations. The municipality has 4316ha of green area and is on its way to becoming a global leader in sustainability with a strong focus on preserving and activating parklands and outdoor facilities to maintain its reputation as a sub-tropical lifestyle city.
Brisbane is one of the fastest-growing cities in Australia and is known for its vibrant urban precincts, outdoor lifestyle and welcoming locals. Brisbane has a reputation for hosting successful meetings facilitated by the city's world-class venues, unique experiences, and new and refurbished accommodation options. Sustainability is a priority for the destination, with the city and its suppliers willing to work with event planners to tailor meeting that meets sustainable expectations. Brisbane’s venues and suppliers are passionate about sustainability. For example, The Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre are committed to operating one of the most environmentally responsible venues in Australia and is aligned to AEG’s global sustainability program. There are a number of key hotels in the destination focusing on sustainability with third party or in house sustainability certifications. Brisbane has highly experienced event managers and PCO’s that are dedicated to ensuring events meet sustainable expectations.
Brisbane is an enviable place to live, work and play with a relaxed lifestyle, an inspiring collection of places to explore and a friendly, welcoming population. Brisbane placed second in ECA International’s 2018 Location Rankings –a global list of the most liveable cities in the world for Asian expatriates. Brisbane’s lifestyle and low cost of living has resulted in strong national and international migration. International student enrolments have increased by 12% per annum from over 160 countries, giving Brisbane one of the most diverse international student populations in Australia. Education is highly valued, with 1.5 million Brisbane residents (61%) holding post-school qualifications, while close to 5% of residents hold a postgraduate degree. As a result, around 16.1% of the workforce are employed in knowledge intensive industry, in addition to Brisbane being home to Australia’s 2nd largest start-up community. With over 100 different religions, Brisbane is a community that celebrates differences.