Surge in high life to trigger rise in night life in Queensland capital
BRISBANE’S high-rise apartment surge will finally kill off the city’s ‘dead after dark’ tag, turning the Queensland capital into a “seven-day city”.
That’s the upside of the city’s historic surge in apartment construction within 5km of the CBD, according to National Property Research managing director Matthew Gross.
He told a meeting of the Urban Development Institute of Australia (QLD) that over the next two to three years, the city’s night time economy would pick up speed significantly.
“A major benefit to Brisbane CBD and near city suburbs is that the quality of retailing, cafes, restaurants and night life will increase substantially. Brisbane will start to become a seven-day city.”
He said the city would become “very vibrant” with apartments developments all through the inner city triggering better services.
“A lot of people go to Sydney and Melbourne and think wow this is fantastic. I think the key infrastructure we see coming in terms of Queens Wharf and all the projects happening across South Brisbane, West End (and the like) are really going to bring the city to life and it’s actually going to join the city together.”
He said at the moment the city was split into various zones.
“What we will see over the next five years is Brisbane transformed dramatically and it will become very much a seven day lifestyle city – and that’s even without Queens Wharf going ahead because we will have the volume of residents coming through that will support restaurants, cafes, lifestyle, and street life.”
UDIA (Qld) chief executive Marina Vit stressed the need for the Queensland Government to release the Southeast Queensland Regional Plan.
“A Southeast Queensland Regional Plan that significantly expands the urban footprint and ensures that land within the footprint is reflected in a timely way in local planning schemes is key,” she said.
Construction Skills Queensland chief executive Brett Schimming said that the housing and construction industry was one of the state’s most important economic drivers.