Brisbane City Council

Council of Mayors | South East Queensland

Brisbane City Council

The origins of the present day Brisbane City Council lie in 1924 when, almost 100 years after Brisbane was founded, State Parliament passed the City of Brisbane Act, setting up a single, citywide local government for the whole of Brisbane. Before this, the area had been divided into 20 local authorities and joint boards.

Brisbane’s first Lord Mayor, William Jolly, took office on 1 October 1925 and served until 1931. Since then Brisbane has elected 15 lord mayors including the incumbent Lord Mayor Graham Quirk.

Today, Brisbane City Council is Australia’s largest local government in both population and budget. Council is dedicated to ensuring that Brisbane is a great place to live. There is a vision and capacity to continually grow and improve our city, while remaining grounded enough to hold local knowledge and preserve the parts of Brisbane that residents and visitors love.

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Lord Mayor Graham Quirk

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk

Council of Mayors (SEQ) Chairman

Graham Quirk was elected Lord Mayor of Brisbane in April 2012.  Cr Quirk is dedicated to making Brisbane a smart thinking, easy living, world-class city. His top priorities as Lord Mayor include creating jobs and boosting economic development, tackling traffic congestion, improving public transport, enhancing our environment and continuing with the city’s flood recovery process.

After three years as a Councillor, he was appointed as Finance Chairman under Lord Mayor Sallyanne Atkinson and was later appointed Works Chairman. He then served as Opposition Spokesman on Development and Planning, Opposition Spokesman on Finance and Opposition Spokesman on Transport and Traffic.

Graham has served as Deputy Opposition Leader and was Opposition Leader at the time of Campbell Newman’s election as Lord Mayor in 2004. He was elected as Deputy Liberal National Leader to Campbell Newman and was appointed to the role of Chairman of Transport and Major Projects.

Following the 2008 election, Graham took on the important roles of Deputy Mayor and the Chairman of the Infrastructure Committee.

He is a member of Lions International and is a student of thoroughbred horse breeding. Graham is patron of several organisations and has a long standing commitment to coordinating local door knock appeals for organisations such as the Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal, Blue Care and the Cancer Fund.