Our 2022 community survey is intended to help us better understand the views of Brisbane residents, and to see whether the availability of data regarding public sentiment about local issues has a noticeable influence on the decisions of elected officials, including other city councillors.
After the survey closes, summary results of this community survey will be published online, without the identifying details of individual participants. De-identified summaries of the survey results will also be provided directly to all elected Brisbane City Councillors. De-identified survey data will also be shared with the World Bank Group, who is assisting with analysing results.
Personal user account information – such as names, emails and phone numbers – is not shared with Brisbane City Council or with other external entities such as political parties, and is stored on a separate database controlled by Jonathan Sri and the Gabba Ward Office, maintained by Websight Creative Pty Ltd (a small business based on the Gold Coast). User account information is not shared with political parties or other third parties. Creating an account does not mean you will be added to the Gabba Ward Office’s constituent database or regular email newsletter mailing list. (If you wish to sign up for regular emails, use this link)
Further detail and context about specific questions
The questions in this survey are based on topical issues where Councillor Jonathan Sri genuinely wants to know what residents think in order to inform how he represents the community. The list of questions is not necessarily reflective of the ‘top issues’ that Councillor Sri is most concerned about. Question order is randomised, so different survey participants may see questions in a different order.
For the question about peak-hour bus lanes along Main St and Ipswich Rd, ‘peak-hour’ refers to a window of 7am to 9am for inbound lanes and 4pm to 6pm for outbound lanes, however this is a flexible term, and if a change like this were implemented, the exact timings would likely depend on further consultation with residents and detailed advice from traffic planning experts.
For the question about bike lanes on Montague Rd and Vulture St, we have proposed dual-carriageway bike lanes along the eastern side of Montague Rd because traffic data shows that many more cars turn in and out of the side-streets on the western side of Montague Rd than the side-streets on the eastern side of Montague Rd, and because the western side of Montague Rd is also already served by alternative bikeway access along Riverside Drive. Similarly, we have proposed dual-carriageway bike lanes along the northern side of Vulture Street, because there are fewer side-streets and driveways for cyclists to cross over than on the southern side. Dual carriageway separated bike lanes are more space-efficient than having a single-direction bike lane on each side of a road. For existing examples, check out the bike lanes along Elizabeth Street in the CBD or Stanley Street in Woolloongabba.
The question about development on flood-prone sites focuses on Flood Planning Areas 2a, 2b and 3 because these are the most flood-prone sites where development is still regularly approved by Brisbane City Council (it is already quite difficult to get development approval on sites mapped in Flood Planning Area 1). Rezoning privately owned land for green space and preventing private development on it would likely contribute to a drop in the land values, which might be detrimental to investors who currently own those properties. On the other hand, this would make it more affordable for the government to buy this land for public use. Brisbane City Council has more information about its current rules for development on flood-prone sites at this link.
The question about local speed limits refers to different road classifications, which are explained at this link.
Plans for the 2032 Brisbane Olympics include the Gabba Stadium as the main athletics venue and the venue for the opening and closing ceremonies. To meet the field size requirements for an Olympics venue, this would require an almost complete reconstruction of the Gabba Stadium, as well as construction of a warm-up track and associated facilities at Raymond Park in Kangaroo Point. The current proposal is for the Federal Government and Queensland Government to each contribute $500 million towards the $1 billion cost of demolishing and rebuilding the stadium. It’s possible the total cost could ultimately be a lot higher.
The question about residential property values refers to house and apartment prices within the City of Brisbane, and is intended to gauge whether respondents would support quite substantial property value decreases within a relatively short time-frame. For context, the median house price in a suburb like Highgate Hill is estimated at around $1.7 million as of early 2022. A decrease of 30% would see median house prices in Highgate Hill fall to around $1.2 million, which is roughly where they were at the end of 2019. The median house price in Chermside is currently just under $790 000. A decrease of 30% would see median values drop to $550 000, which is more in line with where prices were in 2015 or 2016.
If you'd like more clarification on any of the questions posed in this survey, feel free to email [email protected] and we'll add more information to this page.