For the last few days, eyes have been centred on one destination, as the 9th meeting of global heads of government ascended for the annual G20 summit in Brisbane, Australia. This gathering of political and business leaders has been one of the largest peacetime police operation in Australia and one of the largest hosting events this metropolitan city has witnessed.
The G20 Summit in Brisbane saw 4,000 delegates and over 2,500 journalists engulf in the sunny river bound city, with the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition centre the central hub of all global talks and assemblies. This is one of numerous times Brisbane has seen a global political spotlight, it was the South West Pacific headquarters in WW2, has hosted a commonwealth games, a world Expo and a goodwill games.
As the capital and 3rd most popular city of Queensland, Brisbane has developed into a culturally and environmentally thriving city. Spreading from Moreton Bay to the floodplains of the South Bank river, Brisbane was named one of the world’s most liveable cities, by the Monocle Magazine Index 2014. Since 2006, Monocle lifestyle magazine has produced an annual index of liveable cities, based on the top 25 locations worldwide for quality of life.
With a beach on the doorstep of the central business district, Brisbane is a hilly sub-tropical climate city that houses variety and diversity to its cuisine, entertainment and culture. Peppered with mountains and inclines, Brisbane takes full advantage of the Brisbane river and Moreton Bay it resides upon, with an array of marine activity, fishing, surfing and boating all popular pastimes of both residents and tourists.
Notorious for its active and ever expanding cultural precinct, Brisbane’s art and urbanity are sourced in sites such as; the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), the Queensland Art Gallery and the Valley fiesta, an annual cultural event to promote fortitude valley, the centre of art and youth culture. Most of these intellectually stimulating sources are found in South Bank, the entertainment and culture faction of Brisbane, nestled in the South Banks of the Brisbane River.
An established theatre programme has ensured an array of musical and operatic venues and shows throughout the city including; the Queensland Performing Arts centre, the Brisbane Powerhouse and the Judith Wright Centre for Contemporary Arts. Hosting so many sporting events throughout the generations has allowed for the creation of numerous sporting venues such as the Gabba and Suncorp stadium.
Brisbane is also home to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, the first of its kind within Australia, as well as Australia Zoo, made famous by Steve Irwin and family. The Brisbane forest park and the Roma Street parklands are prime examples of the beautiful natural landscape and the conscious effort to preserve and expand on the natural benefits Brisbane receives from cultivating balance between the city’s expansion and its environment. This tradition has long since established itself, with River festival occurring every September, a week-long celebration with an impressive firework display to celebrate the Brisbane River.
The Sunshine city may officially rub shoulders with the likes of Melbourne, Copenhagen and Tokyo as one of the top 25 cities in the world to visit or live in. whether it’s the great weather, cultural decadence or healthy lifestyle, Brisbane is steadily being recognised as a global city of economic and environmental strength. A recognition that was solidified by the successful completion of the hosting the G20 Summit, an honour of both important responsibility and new possibilities.
What makes a place considered one of the most liveable cities in the world?