Brisbane City Council - What's Happening



Lighting of the Christmas tree

Get into the festive spirit and join me for the annual lighting of the Brisbane City Christmas tree in King George Square on Friday, 28 November from 6pm.

The whole family can enjoy carolling and dancing as well as appearances from special guests including Santa.

Brisbane will again be getting into the festival season with a four week calendar of events featuring hundreds of performances, amazing decorations and Christmas lights.

For more information, visit Council’s ‘What’s On’ calendar or call 3-4-0-3 double 8 double 8.


Live Guide

Looking for a fun, free activity to do during the month of November?

Council’s LIVE Program is on again with a new calendar of events featuring entertainment, festivals and workshops.

LIVE is a diverse program that encourages residents to get out and enjoy a new experience in venues around our city vibrant, multicultural city.

For a list of full events and locations visit Council’s ‘What’s On’ calendar or call 3-4-0-3 double 8 double 8.



The inaugural Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival will be held for around 2 weeks from 29 November to 14 December.

The festival, supported by Council, will be an international screen industry event and include the works of filmmakers from the vast Asia Pacific region.

Free public screenings and ticketed events will be held throughout the festival including themed programs, filmmaker introductions and Q&A sessions.

For more information, visit or call 3- double 0-6 6-2-double 0.


Green Gardening Guide

Do you have a green thumb?

The latest edition of Council’s Green Gardening Guide is now available online and at Council’s green events.

The guide provides residents with sustainable gardening tips including garden design and growing your own fresh produce.

Whether you have a large backyard area or just a small balcony, there is information for all budding gardeners in the guide.

To download the guide, visit


New Riverwalk now open

Brisbane’s iconic river edge walkway, Riverwalk is now open, reinstating a vital cyclist and pedestrian link between New Farm and the CBD.

The six metre wide shared walkway is expected to be popular with residents and is anticipated to be used by more than 3000 cyclists, pedestrians and runners every day.

The new Riverwalk also includes five shaded rest and viewing areas providing fantastic vantage points for picturesque river and city views.

For more information, visit


Garage Sale Trail

Brisbane City Council is joining the Garage Sale Trail again in 2014!

The Garage Sale Trail encourages you to rethink your rubbish by reusing household items instead of wasting them in landfill.

Brisbane’s tip shops, at Acacia Ridge & Geebung will be registered as the biggest garage sales in the city, selling quality recycled items including books, furniture, toys, sporting equipment and bric-a-brac donated via Council’s transfer stations.

For more information or to find the locations of tip shops, visit


Be Prepared for the severe weather season

Brisbane City Council is encouraging all residents to prepare their homes against the risk of severe weather and bushfires ahead of the summer season.

You can prepare by tidying the yard, clearing gutters, trimming overhanging branches and raking up twigs and dried leaves from around the house and garden.

Residents are also encouraged to prepare an emergency kit with important household items, insurance documents, emergency phone numbers and necessary items.

For more information, visit

or phone Council on 3-4-0-3 double 8 double 8.



Discounted parking offers in the CBD extended

Brisbane City Council has extended its parking offers at the King George Square and Wickham Terrace car parks.

The deals are on offer as part of the launch of Council’s new online parking hub, and have been extended until the end of 2014.

Visitors and residents travelling to the CBD, Valley and inner-city areas can now save time and money by searching for competitive parking deals at

For more information, visit


Controlled burns

Brisbane City Council has begun its annual hazard-reduction burn program.

Planned burns help maintain the health of forests by greatly reducing the amount of fire fuel, such as dry grass, leaves and deadwood and reduce the impact of wild fire across the city.

This year Council has invested $2.4 million to carry out burns across 660 hectares of land across the city.

Residents are encouraged to prepare for the bushfire season by cutting away overhanging branches and cleaning up foliage in and around the garden. 

For more information visit


Multicultural Festivals

Council supports many multicultural festivals which celebrate Brisbane's diverse culture.

Popular festivals that will be supported by Council in the new financial year include Africa Day Festival, Buddha's Birthday, Diwali Festival of Lights, Italian Week, Paniyiri, Taiwanese Festival and many more.

Multicultural festivals give voice to our diverse communities that comprise our city while offering the opportunity for local residents to experience other cultures.  

For more information visit


New City Plan

Brisbane City Council is guiding future development in Brisbane with City Plan coming into effect on 1 July.

The new City Plan will give Brisbane a strategic framework to guide future development and provide a long term vision for our city to manage investment and growth to 2031 and beyond.

The development of the plan was a collaborative effort between Council, residents and industry bodies over the last three years.

A copy of the new City Plan, which includes interactive mapping, can be viewed on Council’s website.

For more information, visit


60,000 Green Waste Bins adopted

Help contribute to a cleaner and greener city by joining more than 60,000 Brisbane households who have adopted green waste recycling bins.

Council has collected more than 11,000 tonnes of green waste through the program so far this financial year.

The recycling is commercially processed into garden products including compost and mulch.

The bins cost just $30 to adopt and $17.64 to service, with kerbside pick-up occurring every fortnight.

It’s a fantastic way to keep yards neat!

For more information visit  or call 3403 8888


Dark Universe at the Planetarium

Step into a world of dark matter and energy at the Planetarium’s new show called “Dark Universe”.

Dark Universe explores recent dramatic advances in our knowledge of the universe and the future of cosmology.

The Planetarium is a popular Brisbane location in Mt Coot-tha with shows on black holes and the search for life currently screening in addition to Dark Universe

For bookings call 3403 2578.

For more information, visit


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