Creating liveable cities in Australia: a scorecard and priority recommendations for Brisbane

Cities and towns Urban planning Liveability Brisbane
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Making Brisbane ‘liveable’ is a policy objective of the Queensland government. In some domains of liveability, Brisbane performs well in comparison to other Australian cities in its policy ambition and performance. However, to achieve its liveability aspirations, greater ambition is required in some of its policy targets.

Brisbane is doing well in:

  • creating walkable neighbourhoods in the inner-city
  • setting an urban density target of 30 dwellings per hectare, which is high enough to achieve walkable neighbourhoods
  • achieving its target for access to large parks within the City of Brisbane

However, Brisbane is not doing as well in:

  • providing access to public transport and walkable communities in outer suburban areas
  • setting its suburban density target at 15 dwellings per hectare, which is too low to achieve walkable neighbourhoods
  • setting measurable spatial policies for access to destinations, food and alcohol environments and for local employment

61% of residences in Brisbane are within 400 m of a public transport stop, which is below the ambitious 90% policy target. However, the current policy does not include frequency of service. Only 12% of Brisbane residences have access to a nearby stop with a service at least every half hour. This is lower than other capital cities.

Residences within the City of Brisbane have good access to larger public open spaces. 99% meet the policy target of being within 2.5 km of a public open space larger than 5 hectares. However, only 65% of residences are within 400 m of a park larger than 0.5 hectares, which is below the 90% target.

37% of lower-income households in Brisbane are experiencing housing affordability stress, which is more than five years ago.

To travel to work only 14% of employed people use public transport, and only 5% walk or cycle.

With 27% of Brisbane’s working population living and working in their broader local area, there is an opportunity for policies that encourage active transport for work commutes.

Only 37% of residences in Brisbane are within 1 km of a supermarket

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