Councillor Peter MATIC, Chairman of the Public and Active Transport Committee, moved, seconded by Councillor Steven HUANG that the report of that Committee held on 11 March 2014, be adopted.
Deputy Chairman: Councillor MATIC.
Councillor MATIC: Thank you, Madam Deputy Chairman; I would like to speak to the Committee presentation which dealt with a number of special events that Brisbane Transport (BT) actually conducts in areas such as Suncorp Stadium and at the Gabba. There was a most informative presentation by officers who gave us a very good insight into the complexities of being able to transport that many people from a venue, for example, with games at Suncorp Stadium and with concerts. It averaged between 34,000 and 47,000 people. To be able to move that many people out of a stadium in under an hour is an amazing task, and is certainly something that BT quite clearly showed in their presentation do exceptionally well.
I just want to acknowledge BT for the work they do for special events like this, and minimising the impacts of stadium events at places like Suncorp within my own ward, and certainly thank the officers for a most informative presentation.
Deputy Chairman: Further debate; I will now put the report.
Upon being submitted to the Chamber, the motion for the adoption of the report of the Public and Active Transport Committee was declared carried on the voices.
The report read as follows
ATTENDANCE: Councillor Peter Matic (Chairman), Councillor Steven Huang (Deputy Chairman), and Councillors Steve Griffiths, Nicole Johnston, Kim Marx and Ryan Murphy.
A COMMITTEE PRESENTATION – SPECIAL EVENTS
1. Greg Spelman, Manager Strategy and Network Services, Brisbane Transport Division, attended the meeting to provide an update on the use of Council buses for special events across the city. Mr Spelman provided the information below.
2. The types of events where Council’s bus fleet provide service were outlined. These include sporting events and general or public events that are held at venues such as Suncorp Stadium, The Gabba, South Bank, the RNA Showgrounds and the Doomben and Eagle Farm racecourses.
3. There are 80 to 100 events scheduled each year attracting crowds of 2,000 to 400,000 people. The required number of buses range from between five and 250 vehicles depending on the size of the crowd and the venue.
4. A number of slides, displaying statistics on venue, event type, bus numbers, crowd size and venue clearance times, were shown.
5. Other events that involve Council buses includes the Anzac Day Dawn Service, Bridge to Brisbane, Riverfire, New Year’s Eve, the Brisbane Ekka and the 4KQ Christmas Lights tours.
6. The presenter provided detailed information on the requirements for Suncorp Stadium. Suncorp Stadium hosts on average 40 events per year and has capacity for 52,500 people. Eighty per cent of attendees to events at the stadium will use public transport, of which forty per cent will use Council buses.
7. Council provides special shuttle bus services to and from the stadium to the city, Carindale, Eight Mile Plains, Chermside and The Gap, as part of the Transport Service Plan for Suncorp Stadium. A slide showing the distribution of resources was displayed.
8. A graph, showing the service level requirement for buses used pre-event and post-event at Suncorp Stadium was displayed. The presenter highlighted that more buses are required after an event because attendees typically find alternative means of travel to the venue before a scheduled event.
9. Council’s Brisbane Transport Division works in conjunction with the Queensland Police Service (QPS) and TransLink to provide an effective traffic management plan for Suncorp Stadium.
10. A dedicated bus station platform has been incorporated into the Suncorp Stadium infrastructure. The platform includes allocated bays for the shuttle buses. Images of the bus station platform at Suncorp Stadium, on the day of an event, were displayed.
11. The presenter noted that the key elements for the successful management of special events included a co-ordinated approach with all agencies (QPS, TransLink, venue staff and Council), open and honest communications, good client relationships, adequate and suitable infrastructure, integrated ticketing, traffic management plans, support staff, appropriate documentation and reporting procedures and effective planning and review of plans.
12. Following a number of questions from the Committee, the Chairman thanked Mr Spelman for his informative presentation.
13. RECOMMENDATION: THAT COUNCIL NOTE THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THE ABOVE REPORT.
NEIGHBOURHOOD PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE
Councillor Amanda COOPER, Chairman of the Neighbourhood Planning and Development Assessment Committee, moved, seconded by Councillor Vicki HOWARD, that the report of the meeting of that Committee held on 11 March 2014, be adopted.
Deputy Chairman: Councillor COOPER.
Councillor COOPER: Thank you, Madam Deputy Chair. It is that time of the year again when we celebrate and congratulate those artists in our community for their contribution to making our city a colourful and creative place. This year's Artforce Awards were held on 3 March and we had three winners who accepted accolades for their artwork. We also had a number of runners-up, because it was so very, very difficult to actually select the best piece of art, because there were so many great entries.
We actually had three categories, with 64 entries. We had the Best 12 and Under; the Best 18 and Under; and the overall winner. The actual criteria that we used to select the winners are originality and creativity; the use of space, in particular of course this is potentially a double-sided space, even four-sided if you take those narrow sides into consideration, so important to think about that space that you are designing your piece of artwork on; and the execution of artwork.
Of course, we want to take into consideration whether it is making it a really good target for graffiti. So trying to get a design that keeps that box as filled as possible with content and less sort of light coloured empty spaces certainly does help serve that purpose.
We had Matt Hodder who won the Best 12 and Under category, with his work titled Roles Hill Water Towers, and this is a really interesting one, so it focuses on those prominent water towers in the area, but he added something a little bit interesting and different, with UFOs actually visiting one of the towers. So that was something that really I thought was a fun, entertaining element that he brought to that particular one, and it really was a very attractive looking design that he came up with.
Christopher Chan got Best 18 and Under category. His piece was called Market Square—The Food Centre. This is a design, so it was a two-sided one—one was a young boy and the other was a young girl, and both were dreaming about food from different nationalities. It was very, very well executed; it looked fantastic, and made the judges very, very hungry also.
Peppa Piacun's design Humble Beginnings won the best overall winner out of 56 entries, so it was a tough gig, but that was a particularly interesting one. It was focusing on the humble Ginger plant. That was a tribute to James Stone, the local resident who operated that Ginger Beer Shop on the corner of Logan and Old Cleveland Road, now more popularly known as Stones Corner. So congratulations to all our winners. It was great to see the number of families that came along. We had lots of young people who were excited about decorating the streets of our city. We very much appreciate the time and creativity that they give to our city every single year.
I would also particularly like to thank the judging panel—Bianca Beetson from Griffith University's Queensland College of Art and Percolator Gallery Director Helena Lloyd—worked with me to make those tough decisions, and I really do appreciate their input. Of course, to remind everyone, the awards will be now opening for this year, so we invite all Brisbane residents to apply to participate. This program, which commenced in 1999, was a way to try and reduce the amount of graffiti that we experience on the traffic signal boxes. Since then we have had over 3,000 people get involved, and we have had about 1,767 traffic signal boxes that have been painted.
So this is something I think that really does transform our city. It is a great opportunity for young and old, budding and experienced artists to find a new canvas on the streets of our city. Not only do we get residents excited about that opportunity to showcase their artwork, but the community themselves really have embraced this. The artists themselves talk about how the community come along, buy them coffees, give them commentary and feedback on the process, and certainly I think really brighten up those local suburbs. So congratulations to the participants; congratulations to everyone involved. It is a great program, and it really does make a tremendous difference to the streets of Brisbane. Thank you very much.
Deputy Chairman: Further debate; Councillor McKENZIE.
Councillor McKENZIE: Thanks, Madam Chairman. I would like to make comment on these art awards that occurred on 3 March, hosted by Councillor COOPER. I attended this function, and I was quite amazed and surprised and pleased at the range of people who actually did these artistic works. I sort of thought they were all young people, but that is totally incorrect. They were of all ages and types, and I was quite impressed to meet some of them that did them in my area. I am fairly boastful here, because the Peppa Piacun won the first prize at Stones Corner, which is part of Holland Park Ward.
As Councillor COOPER mentioned, it is about the Stones Corner Hotel, the history of that is briefly outlined. Mr Stones could not get a licence to sell alcohol, so he made ginger beer there. That has been a feature of Stones Corner for many, many years.
There are some wonderful works that have been around. The awards recognise the artists and the time they put into these works, and as noted, there are 68 new artworks on traffic boxes. I also have to make note of Charlotte Pettigrew who was in the 12 years and under category and received a highly commended award. This was also in the Holland Park Ward. This is outside the bowling alley at the corner of Chatsworth and Logan Roads, Holland Park.
I would just like to finish and say it is a wonderful community activity. It is not often you see people from such varying backgrounds and ages all brought together to present these artworks which no doubt have a great contribution to the city. Congratulations to all these artists who brighten up our streets. Thank you very much.
Deputy Chairman: Further debate; Councillor HUANG.
Councillor HUANG: Thank you, Madam Acting Chairman; I rise to speak briefly on the 15th annual Artforce awards that was presented on 3 March at Brisbane Square, and to use this opportunity to congratulate Christopher Chan from Runcorn in winning the 18-and-under category of the Artforce awards for his traffic signal box painting in Sunnybank.
Christopher's work, entitled Market Square—The Food Centre, pictures a boy and a girl dreaming about various international foods, including sushi, kebabs, tacos, ramen and Peking Duck that reflects the wide-ranging and diverse dining choices in Sunnybank. Christopher's traffic signal box painting ties in very well with the surrounds at the McCullough Street and Market Square shops in Sunnybank, and the rich multiculturalism of the area.
The Artforce awards recognise the creativity of local artists who donate their time to brighten up Brisbane's suburbs. These awards are about recognising the artists behind the well-known traffic signal boxes and thanking them for the time, effort and the talent that they put into creating original works of art across our city.
I would like to thank and congratulate all the participants of the Artforce awards for contributing their creativity and efforts to the beautification of our city. I would also like to thank Councillor COOPER and her officers in planning, implementing and judging these awards. I understand it is not an easy job to pick the winner out of so many outstanding works, and I commend you for your effort.
Deputy Chairman: Further debate; Councillor COOPER. Nothing further. I will now put the report.
Upon being submitted to the Chamber by the Chairman, the motion for the adoption of the report of the Neighbourhood Planning and Development Assessment Committee was declared carried on the voices.
The report as follows
ATTENDANCE: Councillor Amanda Cooper (Chairman), Councillor Vicki Howard (Deputy Chairman), and Councillors Helen Abrahams, Geraldine Knapp, Shayne Sutton and Andrew Wines.
A COMMITTEE PRESENTATION – ARTFORCE AWARDS
1. Scott Chaseling, Senior Urban Designer, Infrastructure Coordination and Urban Design, City Planning and Economic Development Branch, City Planning and Sustainability Division, delivered a presentation on the recently held Artforce Awards. He explained that the awards recognise the artists who create artworks on the city’s traffic signal boxes (TSBs). He went on to provide the information below.
2. The Artforce Awards for 2013 were held on Monday 3 March 2014. The Artforce program commenced in 1999 and was designed to deliver cost saving through graffiti reduction on signals boxes. It is volunteer based and features involvement from a wide range of community members and local artists. There have been over 3000 participants in Artforce, with artworks completed on 1767 traffic signal boxes since 1999. The program is promoted through Council’s website and social media pages, and the artworks generally last between six months and four years.
3. The Artforce Awards are held annually and this year there were 64 entries. The awards recognise the best painted TSBs across the following categories:
- Best work by an artist of 12 years and under (seven entries received)
- Best work by an artist of 18 years and under (12 entries received, with seven shortlisted)
- Best overall artwork (56 entries, with 20 shortlisted).
The judging panel consisted of Councillor Amanda Cooper; Bianca Beetson, Convenor of Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University; and Helena Lloyd, Director of Percolator Gallery, Paddington. The judging criteria included originality/creativity, the effective use of space and the execution of the artwork.
4. Photographs of all the winning and shortlisted artworks were displayed.
5. The award for Best 12 and Under artwork went to Max Hodder, for his work ‘Roles Hill Water Towers’, which is an imaginative take on the prominent water towers at Manly. The Best 18 and Under award was won by Christopher Chan for his work ‘Market Square – the Food Centre’, a depiction of a boy and girl dreaming about food from various nationalities. The overall category winner was Peppa Piacun, for ‘Humble Beginnings’, a tribute to James Stone, the founder of Stones Corner.
6. The Artforce program provides benefits that reach far beyond graffiti reduction. It gives support and exposure for artists of all ages and all levels of experience. The works often reference local history, landmarks and stories—encouraging further investigation. Artists benefit from and enjoy the process of creating their works, giving them a chance to engage with members of the community. The painting of the TSBs also contributes to beautification of local areas and provides entertainment for passers-by.
7. The Committee asked a number of questions and the Chairman thanked the presenter for his informative presentation.
8. RECOMMENDATION: THAT COUNCIL NOTE THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THE ABOVE REPORT.
ENVIRONMENT, PARKS AND SUSTAINABILITY COMMITTEE
Councillor Matthew BOURKE, Chairman of the Environment, Parks and Sustainability Committee, moved, seconded by Councillor Fiona KING, that the report of the meeting of that Committee held on 11 March 2014, be adopted.
Deputy Chairman: Councillor BOURKE.
Councillor BOURKE: Thanks very much, Madam Deputy Chairman. Just very quickly to the Committee report, continuing our riparian theme of the last few weeks, we had a Committee presentation around the creek filtration device trial that this Administration is undertaking. The LORD MAYOR, at the election in 2012, announced a creek filtration device trial across four creek systems in Brisbane, being Kedron Brook, Norman Creek, Oxley Creek and Toowong Creek.
This particular topic was actually raised at the preceding Committee meeting where we were talking about wetlands, where to some shock and amazement, the Councillors opposite found out that we were doing creek filtration trials. Councillor CUMMING requested a presentation on them, so I was more than happy to bring back the Committee presentation that we had received only in December, and have the officers present the Committee presentation again for those opposite, for their benefit.
The officers went through the benefits of this particular style of treatment that we were looking at. These being vegetated swales, constructed wetlands, biological filtration devices or potentially floating wetlands to cleanse the water. There is a great depth of knowledge and talent in our Council officers around these particular devices, and it is great that we are actually putting that knowledge into practice and into work across the city. I look forward very keenly to see the results from the future rollout of these devices into the other systems across the city.
Deputy Chairman: Further debate; nothing further, Councillor BOURKE? I will now put the report.
Upon being submitted to the Chamber by the Chairman, the motion for the adoption of the report of the Environment, Parks and Sustainability Committee was declared carried on the voices.
The report as follows
ATTENDANCE: Councillor Matthew Bourke (Chairman), Councillor Fiona King (Deputy Chairman), and Councillors Peter Cumming, Kim Flesser, Geraldine Knapp and Ryan Murphy.
A COMMITTEE PRESENTATION – CREEK FILTRATION SYSTEM TRIALS
1. Pat Bourke, Outcome Manager, Natural Resource Management Integration, Natural Environment, Water and Sustainability Branch, City Planning and Sustainability Division, attended the meeting to provide an update on Council’s creek filtration system trials. He provided the information below.
2. Creek filtration systems protect and enhance Brisbane’s creeks by: improving water quality, reducing peak flows and integrating stormwater treatment seamlessly into the landscape. The Lord Mayor announced four catchments for installation of filtration systems: Kedron Brook (North), Norman Creek (East), Oxley Creek (South) and Toowong Creek (West). Council will carry out its creek filtration trials over four years; it is currently in year two.
3. The creek filtration systems are measured for success on various criteria including: low maintenance, easy establishment, and improvements in waterway health and social amenity of creeks.
4. There are four types of systems (photographs of each were displayed):
- vegetated swales, where water is cleaned simply by flowing through vegetation
- constructed wetlands, where water is cleaned by flowing through vegetation as well as by biological processes
- bioretention swales and basins, in which water is cleaned by flowing through soil and vegetation
- floating wetlands, which cleans water through the uptake of nutrients into the vegetation.
5. Two sites in the Norman Creek catchment have been identified for trials of vegetated swales at Greenslopes Busway at Barnsdale Place and Glindermann Park, Holland Park. Filtration systems are installed in the upper parts of catchments to clean the water prior to it reaching further downstream.
6. In the Kedron Brook catchment a vegetated swale with riparian plantings has been constructed at Kirralee Crescent, Ferny Grove. A series of maps and plans were shown illustrating the design of the facility. Photographs detailing the area both before and after implementation of the design were also displayed.
7. The Committee asked a number of questions and the Chairman thanked Mr Bourke for his informative update.
8. RECOMMENDATION: THAT COUNCIL NOTE THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THE ABOVE REPORT.
FIELD SERVICES COMMITTEE
Councillor David McLACHLAN, Chairman of the Field Services Committee, moved, seconded by Councillor Norm WYNDHAM, that the report of that Committee held on 11 March 2014, be adopted.
Deputy Chairman: Councillor McLACHLAN.
Councillor McLACHLAN: Thank you, Madam Deputy Chair. Councillor BOURKE's presentation last week was about devices. Well, so it was in Field Services Committee, devices of a different sort, the CCTV inspections of our enclosed drainage. It is a pity we don't have the capacity to show the video footage that is gained from these devices that was shown to the Committee last week. It was very interesting it is.
We've got a variety of drains, of course, and some are of an incredible age. Some drains are up around 150 years in age. These techniques are used to go down and inspect them to make sure that they're still functioning properly. They are capable of providing very high resolution footage and inspecting stormwater lines with diameters between 225 millimetres and two metres. It certainly eliminates the risk associated with manual entry. Although there is still a requirement of the team that they need to not be claustrophobic to work in this unit. But wherever possible, they do these inspections by a variety of different CCTV techniques.
The committee was shown the various types of equipment that are used and the monitoring that takes place back in the van where the material is being received and decisions made about what work, if any, is required in that particular drain.
This is one of the essential, if not terribly well known, elements of the work undertaken by our Field Services staff. It is crucial to the function of the city, and I recommend the report to the Chamber.
Deputy Chairman: Further debate; nothing further, Councillor McLACHLAN? I will now put the report.
Upon being submitted to the Chamber, the motion for the adoption of the report of the Field Services Committee was declared carried on the voices.
The report read as follows
ATTENDANCE: Councillor David McLachlan (Chairman), Councillor Norm Wyndham (Deputy Chairman), and Councillors Peter Cumming, Nicole Johnston, Kim Marx and Ian McKenzie.
A COMMITTEE PRESENTATION – STORMWATER PIPE SURVEY TECHNIQUES
1. Tim Wright, Manager Asset Services, Field Services Group, Brisbane Infrastructure Division, attended the meeting to provide information on the techniques used in the activities conducted by the Asset Services CCTV (closed circuit TV) Pipe Survey Unit. Mr Wright provided the information below.
2. The unit surveys approximately 100 kilometres of enclosed stormwater drainage each year. On average, 250 pipes require intervention to function correctly. This intervention varies from close monitoring of the pipe to rehabilitation or replacement. The unit may also carry out surveys as part of ‘Build Over or Near Stormwater’ applications for the general public. In addition to these survey activities, the unit investigates causes of subsidence, flooding and the location of drainage not previously mapped. The CCTV footage captured during an inspection is archived and kept in a central database.
3. Images were shown of the four methods used by the CCTV Pipe Survey Unit’s technicians. The methods outlined include: CCTV Pan and Tilt camera, manual entry, Push Rod camera and the Quickview System. A short video demonstrating the operation of the CCTV Pan and Tilt camera was shown.
4. The CCTV Pan and Tilt camera is the primary method used by the unit for inspecting enclosed drainage. The high resolution camera is capable of inspecting stormwater lines with diameters of 225 millimetres up to two metres. Use of this type of camera eliminates the associated risks of manual entry into a stormwater drain, and depending on the condition of the stormwater line, can survey up to 350 metres from the entry point. A short video, demonstrating the additional features of the camera was shown.
5. Manual entry into a stormwater line is conducted when CCTV is not feasible due to the invert of the conduit being rough or slippery, or the diameter of the pipe exceeds two metres. This method of survey is only conducted when Council’s Standard Operating Procedure dictates that it is required. Officers entering the stormwater network are required to have specialised qualifications to operate in confined spaces. A video showing a manual entry survey being conducted was shown.
6. The Quickview System is a cost-effective way of rapidly checking if a stormwater network is clear of debris and/or collapse. This system is able to check 300 metres of stormwater lines in 1.5 hours, including the establishment of work sites at multiple maintenance holes. A short video was shown of the Quickview System checking 30 metres of pipe in approximately two minutes. The presenter noted that the Quickview System proved to be extremely effective in the CCTV and education programmes following the January 2011 flood and the Australia Day 2013 storm event.
7. The presenter advised that the Push Rod cameras are manually operated by the technicians and are useful for checking smaller pipes in the stormwater network. The Push Rod cameras have a radio transmitter, similar to the devices that are fitted to the CCTV Pan and Tilt cameras, so that the technician is able to inspect a stormwater drain and record the relevant location information.
8. Following a number of questions from the Committee, the Chairman thanked Mr Wright for his informative presentation.
9. RECOMMENDATION: THAT COUNCIL NOTE THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THE ABOVE REPORT.
BRISBANE LIFESTYLE COMMITTEE
Councillor Krista ADAMS, Chairman of the Brisbane Lifestyle Committee, moved, seconded by Councillor Andrew WINES, that the report of that Committee held on 11 March 2014, be adopted.
Deputy Chairman: Councillor ADAMS.
Councillor ADAMS: Thank you. Last week we spoke about Council's partnership with CrimeStoppers in Brisbane Lifestyle Committee. We have been working with CrimeStoppers since 2008 and it is a joint enforcement that we do with the QPS (Queensland Police Service) and our compliance officers.
We are continuing to sponsor the CrimeStoppers in a new memorandum over the next three years, in particular, looking through a new program called the ‘Cost of Crime’. It is part of our broader graffiti management plan, and it comes hot on the heels of our success that we have had with TAG (Taskforce Against Graffiti) and Tag Them Back campaigns. We are looking at a new approach to make sure that we advertise the cost of graffiti in the first year at least to the people of Brisbane.
So it is a call to action for the community to report graffiti-related crimes through awareness-raising of the costs of graffiti to the ratepayers. Council's support to the CrimeStoppers campaign shows our Administration's commitment obviously to continuing to reduce the graffiti and strengthen our partnership with CrimeStoppers, of course, as well.
It was launched on 4 March 2014 at New Farm Park which I am glad to say is a very lovely place for a media release, not necessarily a place that we have troubles with graffiti anymore—I just say that for Councillor HOWARD. But the launch was very well received and we had fantastic media coverage. We had high pedestrian traffic, too, as they walked up from the CityCat through the morning and saw the pop-up concept; which are really highly-visible tags that are there to show people the cost of cleaning graffiti off particular infrastructure and get people starting to talk about and engage around what it means to have to clean graffiti off all the time, and what they can do in a call to action about reducing this.
As we said, if you see it, you can report it, and we can stop it, so it is a partnership of ringing CrimeStoppers—you call also ring the call centre obviously or your ward offices as well. On the day, 4 March, we had some huge tags there, yellow coloured tags, placed around the vicinity in New Farm Park at the different infrastructure.
A little bit more about the program we will be rolling out over the three years. We are going to be heading into a focus around vandalism and then, more broadly, on crime itself within Brisbane. So I think this is a great segue from our work on graffiti to keep working with CrimeStoppers as well. It is about a multifaceted program across the city.
Our TAG program has been going from strength-to-strength. We have charged 494 offenders since 2008, 18,000-plus charges to the end of January 2014, and we are also working with the Department of Justice and the Attorney-General to make sure our young people, or maybe not so young people, that are caught offending can go out and clean up their own area that they actually graffitied. So there are a lot of community service orders that we are working with as well.
I will leave it at that, Madam Chair. I have to say that we are very, very proud of our graffiti stop program and how it is working right across the city to raise the awareness of what people can do to reduce graffiti on our infrastructure.
Deputy Chairman: Further debate; Councillor WINES.
At that time, 3.43pm, the Chairman, Councillor Margaret de WIT, resumed the Chair.
Councillor WINES: Thank you, Madam Chairman; I rise to speak in support of item A, and the ongoing commitment of this Administration to dealing with graffiti is represented here in the efforts of this partnership with the CrimeStoppers organisation. The figures are startling. When you think about it, in this city, since the beginning of this program, 494 offenders have been charged with 18,117 offences. That is approximately—my back of the envelope maths—about 36.6 offences per person. Once you get to this point, the penalties become quite significant to the people who are perpetrating these crimes.
It is important to remember that they are crimes, and that these crimes come with a cost. That is what is really clever, I suppose, and interesting about this new technique, where a tag, like you would find on clothes—the stylised tag, isn’t put on to public infrastructure so that you can see the value, or the cost to Council and therefore the public, of what this vandalism and what this damage and graffiti does to our local assets.
So what it shows—and they are large tags; to demonstrate, they would be as big as a person, so that you can get some scale about them, and people understand the cost. When you think about it, 125,000 square metres each year of graffiti is removed in our city, which is a huge amount, and a cost that keeps recurring. We have seen through previous presentations that the TAG program has been effective in dealing with reducing the incidences of this, but people still insist on committing these crimes. That is why it is important to engage with the community to determine what the damage is that has been occurring.
I also wanted to talk about—and it was also in the presentation—a wonderful program called Walls and Colours. Now, Walls and Colours is a program where, in partnership with the Federal Government, the Council engages a local artist and local community groups to paint I suppose murals or public art to protect—
Councillor WINES: —the places that attract graffiti art in great volumes. Keperra has been recipient of one of these, and it is a very, very attractive piece in that suburb. Ferny Grove has recently received treatment in this area, and it also has been an excellent piece of work. I understand that program is ongoing.
To those councillors who have an opportunity to receive this public art, take it, enthusiastically, it is a fantastic local asset. It turns what was once a graffiti and vandalism attraction to an attractive piece of public art. I encourage all councillors to continue supporting our battle against graffiti, and our ongoing commitment to making our city look good, and be proud of the city we have.
Chairman: Further debate on the Lifestyle Committee; Councillor ADAMS? I will put the motion.
Upon being submitted to the Chamber by the Chairman, the motion for the adoption of the report of the Brisbane Lifestyle Committee was declared carried on the voices.
The report read as follows
ATTENDANCE: Councillor Krista Adams (Chairman), Councillor Andrew Wines (Deputy Chairman), and Councillors Steve Griffiths, Vicki Howard, Steven Huang, and Victoria Newton.
A COMMITTEE PRESENTATION – BRISBANE CITY COUNCIL AND CRIME STOPPERS PARTNERSHIP: “THE COST OF CRIME”
1. Sean Hodgson, Branch Manager, Compliance and Regulatory Services Branch, Brisbane Lifestyle Division, attended the meeting to provide a presentation on the partnership between Council and Crime Stoppers. He provided the information below.
2. The ‘Taskforce Against Graffiti’ (TAG) was established in 2008 and is a joint enforcement taskforce between Council and the Queensland Police Service. As a result of the taskforce 494 offenders have been charged with 18,117 offences since its inception. Some of the campaign programs and outcomes are:
- school education program
- issuing of Community Service Orders
- Walls and Colours project
- Queensland Government funding through GraffitiStop
- joint involvement with Crime Stoppers.
3. Council had a three-year partnership from 2010 to 2013 with Crime Stoppers Queensland Limited (CSQL). This partnership was renewed in 2013 to continue through to 2016. Council’s involvement is through $250,000 per annum of sponsorship. The partnership has an intelligence gathering focus, with the dual aims of raising awareness and a call-to-action for the Brisbane community. It uses social media, campaign events, webpages, news media and branded items to deliver its messages.
4. Through Council and CSQL’s partnership the ‘Tag Them Back’ campaign ran from 2010 to 2013, and directly engaged with 97,709 residents through media, internet and events. An estimated one million people had access to the campaign through advertisements, as it was featured on almost 2,000 buses, trains, transport stops, Council desktops and vehicles. The campaign also had stands at Green Heart fairs and graffiti and crime prevention conferences.
5. The current partnership between Council and CSQL will run from 2014 to 2016 and was launched on 4 March 2014 at New Farm Park. During this time the partnership will transition the campaign from ‘Tag Them Back’ to ‘Cost of Crime’. The focus of the campaigns will be on direct, face-to-face engagement and events with the community, with a call-to-arms on combatting graffiti to reporting all crimes over the three years.
6. The inspiration for the ‘Cost of Crime’ campaign is a similar event raising community awareness against vandalism held in Pamplona, Spain. Images of that event were shown to the Committee and discussed.
7. The ‘Cost of Crime’ pop-up campaign uses innovative community engagement techniques. The events highlight the costs and what can be done to make Brisbane a better place to live.
8. Year one of the ‘Cost of Crime’ campaign will link back to the existing ‘Tag Them Back’ campaign, and will focus on graffiti. The pop-up events for this part of the campaign are designed to appear and disappear suddenly, with highly visible information tags to attract community attention. The call-to-action will be: See it, Report it, Stop it.
9. The second year of the ‘Cost of Crime’ campaign will transition to the ‘Cost of Vandalism’. This will focus on the cost of repair or clean-up to ratepayers and may extend onto Brisbane buses. The call-to-action will be: Be a Vandal Stopper.
10. Year three of the ‘Cost of Crime’ campaign will focus on reporting all crime, with a strategy to maintain the action currently being undertaken by the community and empower them to do more. Residents will be encouraged to report vandals, and be a ‘Brisbane Crime Stopper’.
11. Following a number of questions from the Committee, the Chairman thanked Mr Hodgson for his informative presentation.
12. RECOMMENDATION: THAT COUNCIL NOTE THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THE ABOVE REPORT.
At that time, 3.45pm, it was moved by Councillor MARX, seconded by Councillor WINES, that the meeting adjourn for a period of 15 minutes, to commence only when all councillors had vacated the chamber and the doors locked.
Upon being submitted to the meeting the motion was declared carried on the voices. Councillor JOHNSTON immediately rose and called for a division; however, no other Councillor immediately requested a division and no division was held.
Council stood adjourned at 3.46pm.
FINANCE, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND ADMINISTRATION COMMITTEE
Councillor Julian SIMMONDS, Chairman of the Finance, Economic Development and Administration Committee, moved, seconded by Councillor Angela OWEN-TAYLOR, that the report of that Committee held on 11 March 2014, be adopted.
Chairman: Is there any debate?
Councillor SIMMONDS: Thank you very much, Madam Chairman. Just to quickly again reflect on the outstanding results of the Study Brisbane program that I detailed as part of my answer to Councillor OWEN-TAYLOR's question earlier today, and to thank the Brisbane Marketing team, particularly the Study Brisbane team for the excellent events that we heard about at the committee meeting, including the Welcome Event and the Friendship Ceremony that were held earlier this month.
Councillor OWEN-TAYLOR: Thank you. Madam Chairman, I just rise to speak briefly in regards to the Student Ambassadors and their role that they play in our city. International education is certainly a very big part of what we do here in Brisbane and it is wonderful to know that we have the opportunity to engage with many of these students on a different level. The Student Ambassadors take their roles very seriously across our city and they provide a unique opportunity for the actual dissemination of information about our city through the eyes of a young person who is here studying.
For all of their work I think we really do need to say a very big thank you because it's their insights that are shared across the globe that do entice many people here to Brisbane. Certainly they give us a great opportunity to engage with them and to find out from campus to campus or international student group to international student group, if there are any ways that we can support them in making their stay a very welcome one and a very safe and happy one. I would just like to commend this report to the chamber and also the efforts of all of those Student Ambassadors. Thank you, Madam Chairman.
Chairman: Further debate? Councillor HUANG.
Councillor HUANG: Yes thank you, Madam Chair, I rise to speak on Item A of the report on Study Brisbane. Madam Chair, Study Brisbane is a major international education marketing program for our city. It provides support to current students in promoting the benefits of Brisbane's unique lifestyle and quality education to both domestic and international student markets. The Study Brisbane City Welcome Festival is held annually and is Queensland's largest international student inclusion event. This year's festival was held on 1 March near South Bank's Cultural Forecourt, and had more than 7,500 attendees, and brought in over $85,000 in commercial revenue, representing a 15 per cent increase from last year's festival.
This year's festival was opened with the LORD MAYOR's International Student Friendship Ceremony an event that has grown from strength-to-strength. Since July 2012 the LORD MAYOR has hosted 10 International Student Friendship Ceremonies that have presented over 3,500 Friendship Certificates. These International Student Friendship Ceremonies are very well received by the international students studying in South East Queensland. Many of them have told me they never expected to be so warmly welcomed by the LORD MAYOR. It will be one of their best memories in Brisbane and they will treasure our friendship forever.
Madam Chair, the international students currently studying in our city are the future business, industrial and political leaders in their home countries. Their lifelong friendship with Brisbane will bring us enormous benefits through tourism, investment and cultural influences, that is not to mention the immediate economic benefit that it is already contributing to our city's economy. In conclusion I would like to encourage all councillors to spread the message and invite students who have not yet had a chance to attend one of these ceremonies to not miss out on one of the five more ceremonies that have been scheduled for 2014 and enjoy the friendship bestowed by Brisbane.
Chairman: Further debate? Councillor SIMMONDS? No. I will put the motion.
Upon being submitted to the Chamber, the motion for the adoption of the Finance, Economic Development and Administration Committee was declared carried on the voices.
The report read as follows
ATTENDANCE: Councillor Julian Simmonds (Chairman), Councillor Angela Owen-Taylor (Deputy Chairman), and Councillors Kim Flesser, Fiona King, Ryan Murphy and Shayne Sutton.
A COMMITTEE PRESENTATION – STUDY BRISBANE 2014
1. Mr Gordon Scott, Director, Export, Brisbane Marketing, attended the meeting to provide an update on Study Brisbane 2014. He provided the information below.
2. Study Brisbane is the city’s international education marketing program, providing support to current students and promoting the benefits of a Brisbane lifestyle and education to the domestic and international student markets.
3. The Study Brisbane City Welcome Festival is held annually and is Queensland’s largest international student inclusion event. This year the festival was held on 1 March 2014 in a new venue, South Bank’s Cultural Forecourt. There were approximately 7,500 attendees (including 5,000 students), over 50 exhibitors and workshop/activity presenters, and three presenting partners: National Australia Bank, The Pad and Brisbane Airport Corporation. The event brought in over $85,000 in commercial revenue which was an increase of about 15 per cent on the 2013 festival.
4. A video clip showing coverage of the welcome festival by ABC News was shown.
5. There were some new developments for the 2014 festival. The festival was re-branded to be marketed to both domestic and international students. Exhibitor zones enhanced the flow and profiling of the event, and keep-active and workshop areas were included. The festival was also opened with the Lord Mayor’s International Student Friendship Ceremony.
6. Since July 2012, there have been 10 friendship ceremonies, with over 3,500 friendship certificates presented. Five more ceremonies have been scheduled for 2014, all to be held at City Hall.
7. The Brisbane International Student Ambassador (BISA) Program adopts students from all over the world to tell their real-life Brisbane stories to their home country networks via social media. A slide displaying a photograph of the current student ambassadors was shown.
8. Interviews for the 2014 BISA Program are currently underway, with the appointment ceremony scheduled for 3 April 2014. Student ambassador applications were open from November 2013 to February 2014 and there were 248 applications, a 40 per cent increase on the 2013 campaign. Applicants represent over 40 countries. As well as Study Brisbane’s top source countries, Sister City and G20 country applicants are being prioritised. These student ambassadors are expected to have a social media reach exceeding 25,000.
9. Following a number of questions from the Committee, the Chairman thanked Mr Scott and his team for their work.
10. RECOMMENDATION: THAT COUNCIL NOTE THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THE ABOVE REPORT.
B BANK AND INVESTMENT REPORT – JANUARY 2014
11. The Chief Financial Officer, Organisational Services Division, provided the Committee with the monthly summary of Council’s petty cash, bank account and cash investment position as at 31 January 2014.
12. During the January period, total Council funds held by banks and investment institutions (per general ledger) increased by $156.6 million to $181.2 million, excluding trusts. The net increase is mainly due to the following:
- proceeds from Go Between Bridge disposal which were not receipted in the general ledger until January 2014
- proceeds from Queensland Treasury Corporation general purpose borrowings.
13. Council funds as at 31 January 2014 held by banks and investment institutions
(per statements) totalled $189.9 million. The variance relates to timing differences between transactions recorded in the general ledger and those reflected in the bank statements.
14. Unreconciled bank receipts and payments relate to reconciliation variances at the end of the period. The majority of these transactions have since been reconciled.
15. Surplus funds are invested daily with approved counterparties.
16. The Chairman and Committee noted the report.
17. The Bank and Investment Report for January 2014 is tabled for noting by Council.