Following his appointment as Lord Mayor of Brisbane in April 2011,
Graham Quirk was elected in 2012 and was returned as Lord Mayor in the 2016 Brisbane City Council election.
Graham has a long record of service to Brisbane and the local community, celebrating 30 years with Council in 2015. As a member of Civic Cabinet for over a decade, he has overseen key portfolios of infrastructure, major projects and finance, as well as serving as Deputy Mayor from 2008 to 2011.
Since becoming Lord Mayor, Graham has outlined a strong economic development plan for the city that focuses on leveraging long term and sustainable economic growth by attracting investment and major events to the city. Under his leadership, Brisbane City Council has:
➔ strongly positioned Brisbane as a dynamic economic and cultural powerhouse in the Asia Pacific region by becoming the permanent home of the Asia Pacific Screen Awards, the premier film awards in the region and driving economic outcomes for the city through Brisbane’s Sister City program and the Asia Pacific Cities Summit
➔ repositioned itself as a hub for global resource sector investment with more than 175 resource industry companies based in Brisbane
➔ launched a hotel development strategy that has seen hundreds of new 4-5 star hotel rooms and serviced apartments delivered
➔ launched a student accommodation strategy to provide incentives for new purpose-built high quality student accommodation, that is resulting in hundreds of new student beds
➔ introduced a city-wide Digital Strategy to help local businesses capitalise on the rapidly growing digital economy, currently valued at around $US20 trillion
➔ led a number of Business Missions to key regional markets that have generated in excess of $265 million in confirmed economic outcomes.
As Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Graham Quirk is committed to delivering for the residents of Brisbane and making the city a better place to live, work, do business and invest in.