Brisbane is embarking on the most pivotal period of its time. With a skyline of cranes to the transport infrastructure burrowing beneath the city, you don’t need to look hard to see transformative work underway.

Beautiful may be hard to conceive given the global impact of COVID-19, but Brisbane’s growth landscape is changing, we are leading the way compared to other capital cities and our unmatched lifestyle is attracting more people who want to call this great city home.

With a population projected to grow by more than one million over the next two decades, and increased migration, the local talent market is expected to grow significantly in comparison to previous years.

Brisbane’s geographical positioning also provides growth and expansion opportunity for industries. Small Brisbane businesses are scaling, and larger businesses are going global, particularly in key industry growth and trade sectors such as construction, advanced manufacturing, logistics, food, tourism, and health. These industries are expected to increase significantly, with the boom flowing through to emerging sectors such as METS
(mining, equipment, technology, and services). Therefore, it’s vital the city secures job-creating investment to develop and grow priority industries and precincts.

We need to support more initiatives like Brisbane Economic Development Agency’s Future Food and PropTech programs, specifically designed to create, retain, and expand local jobs, as well as programs like Brisbane Business Hub, that support small businesses to thrive and prosper.

With a rapid economic shift from recovery to rebuild, Brisbane moves beyond the pandemic and looks towards hosting the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The $15 billion pipeline of infrastructure plays one part in preparing to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with iconic Olympic cities like Tokyo, London and Paris, so as monumental opportunity lies ahead, it’s crucial the city grasps economic opportunities on our doorstep.

Brisbane is fast becoming the sporting and major events capital of Australia, with an impressive economy-boosting international calendar that will accelerate flow-on economic activity for the city now and into the future as international interest in Brisbane increases ahead of the Games.

With all this activity, we’re going to see major change, and the only certainty is that Brisbane will continue to forge its own path as an instantly recognisable global city.

There is an air of optimism in Brisbane with business confidence returning to the city, making it the right time for the city to take its rightful place on the world stage.