For those interested in attending a meeting of the Public and Active Transport Committee, these are held every Tuesday from 9:00 to 9:30am, in City Hall Meeting Room 2, except when Council is in recess. The first meeting for 2017 will be Tuesday 7 February.
Public access is from Level 2, 64 Adelaide Street, Brisbane. It is easiest to enter via the Adelaide St entrance, and take the lift (ahead on your right) to the 2nd floor where you must sign in and proceed through security. Visitors are required to agree to the conditions of entry, obtain a visitor’s pass, and then proceed to the security screening. Please make sure you arrive with sufficient time for this – at least 10 minutes early is recommended.
You are not allowed to interrupt the meeting; talk, even in whispers; enter or leave the committee room after the meeting has started; or argue with the Chairman if they ask you to leave for any reason. Full Conditions of entry are available here, and reproduced below.
The usual order of business for Standing Committee meetings is:
- confirmation of minutes of previous meeting
- presentation from a Council Officer on a topic selected by the Committee Chairman
- responses to petitions: the committee votes on the recommendation prepared by council offices on behalf of the Chairman. If passed, this is then put forward as a recommendation to the next week’s ordinary council meeting.
- general business (if time permits)
Members of the Public and Active Transport Committee are:
- Councillor Adrian Schrinner (LNP, Chandler Ward) – Chairman
- Councillor Andrew Wines (LNP, Enoggera Ward) – Deputy Chairman
- Councillor Ian McKenzie (LNP, Coorparoo Ward)
- Councillor Kate Richards (LNP, Pullenvale Ward)
- Councillor Jared Cassidy (ALP, Deagon Ward)
- Councillor Peter Cumming (ALP, Wynnum Manly Ward)
The stated responsibilities of the Public and Active Transport Committee are to plan for integrated public and active transport services across Brisbane and:
- ensure the effective and efficient operation of Brisbane’s public transport business
- collaborate with state authorities to deliver integrated transport plans and services for Brisbane
- ensure Brisbane is a leading city in the use of green and active transport
- oversee the implementation of Brisbane City Council’s transport plans
- ensure that the travelling public is satisfied with Brisbane’s bus and ferry services
- plan for the necessary growth in Brisbane’s public transport services to meet population growth and public expectations.
Some issues relevant to active transport – particularly facilities for pedestrians – are also often dealt with in the Infrastructure Committee (which meets at the same time as Public and Active Transport), or by the City Planning Committee. Further information about the make-up and role of Council’s various Standing Committees is available on their website.