Connecting communities for a liveable future
Brisbane is Australia’s river city, the gateway to Queensland, and the country’s third most populated city. Its current population is approximately 2.4 million people, and is forecast to grow to well over 3 million by 2035.
Unlike Australia’s two largest capital cities, which have grown to encapsulate their satellite cities, Brisbane is still separated from two thriving coastal cities located less than 100 kilometres from its CBD, which provide residents an alternative, beachfront lifestyle. These two cities – the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast – are also forecast to experience higher rates of population growth over the same period.
As South East Queensland (‘SEQ’) grows to support an additional 2 million residents over the next 25 years, effective transport connectivity, the decentralisation of the central business district, and an innovative governance and planning framework will counteract inefficient urban sprawl. This will improve the liveability of our region. Additionally, these key factors will help to insulate Brisbane from a number of challenges currently being faced by other Australian capital cities, including housing affordability, traffic congestion and local job availability.
In order to provide a balanced ‘live’, ‘work’ and ‘play’ lifestyle to all of its residents in the future, SEQ must develop as a series of smart, connected and active precincts. But first we need to understand, through objective facts, what is needed to create each precinct, and where the challenges will lie. CityPulse SEQ (‘CityPulse’) gives us those facts.
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PwC’s CityPulse assesses how each area performs against each of the three 'Live, Work, Play' metrics and is based on a range of data sources; examples under the category of Live include data relating to hospital accessibility, crime rates, and housing affordability. CityPulse focuses on general access and availability and does not currently take into account the demographics or preferences of local residents. Learn more about our approach.
CityPulse has demonstrated how important accessibility to amenities, jobs, health, education and open spaces is to a liveable city. With continued population growth predicted, our planners need to ensure that the critical ingredients of a livable city are distributed throughout SEQ, reducing travel time and decreasing reliance on access to the CBD. Mixed-use precincts throughout the city will make our city more liveable for all residents and improving our quality of life. Flexible work, as well as integrated knowledge and education precincts outside of the CBD, could be the answer.
SEQ should plan ahead to meet infrastructure needs and be ready to take advantage of new technologies. By connecting precincts with sufficient capacity transport infrastructure, we increase the range of amenities and opportunities residents can access. Well-planned, ‘turn up and go’ mass transport infrastructure will reduce reliance on single vehicle travel, taking significant strain off-road and inner-city transport networks.
SEQ’s outdoor lifestyle and fantastic climate go hand in hand with access to open space in urbanisation and when developing precincts across the region. As the population grows and densification continues, it is critical that we prioritise active transport, open space and genuine ‘play’ options in precincts across SEQ so that residents can continue to enjoy the region’s natural, cultural and entertainment offerings into the future. We also need a robust understanding of the current accessibility of health services, so that we can efficiently deliver health services to communities in the face of both population growth and ageing population trends.
Managing Director, Infrastructure & Urban Renewal, PwC Australia
Tel: +61 7 3257 5458