Council protects Brisbane’s most iconic vistas

Brisbane City Council has voted to permanently protect some of the city’s most iconic views from future development, with recently identified pre-1911 and heritage properties also preserved as part of a major amendment to Brisbane City Plan 2014, which follows recommendations from Brisbane’s Future Blueprint.

City Planning Chairman Cr Matthew Bourke said the changes to City Plan would preserve views to the city’s most well-known landmarks, including ANZAC Square, Post Office Square, the General Post Office and St Stephen’s Cathedral.

“Brisbane is a great place to live, work and relax and Council is committed to preserving our city as it continues to grow, and these amendments are the first to be made in response to Brisbane’s Future Blueprint,” Cr Bourke said.

“Views of our city’s most iconic landmarks help shape Brisbane as the New World City it is today and these changes to City Plan will help preserve Brisbane’s heritage places, as well as their landscapes and vistas.

“Great civic spaces, such as Reddacliff Place, Post Office Square and ANZAC Square are the gateways to many of our city’s public institutions and historic buildings, and represent everyday places where people can gather and take pride in our city, just as the iconic sightline between Central Station and St Stephen’s Cathedral contributes to our identity.

“These changes to City Plan will require the highest level of assessment under strict provisions for future proposals on these sites, with development limited to prevent any permanent buildings being constructed on these sites or where they would block their view.”

Cr Bourke said the amendments, which Council would now seek the community’s feedback on, would also protect close to 60 properties that had only recently been identified as pre-1911 and significant to the city’s heritage.

“Council already protects and recognises the significance of more than 400 pre-1911 buildings across the city and we will now be protecting a further 57 pre-1911 and heritage properties as part of these amendments,” he said.

“As demonstrated in the recently launched Brisbane’s Future Blueprint, Council is committed to preserving Brisbane’s heritage places, as well as their landscapes and views, and identified these sites through comprehensive research and with the help of nominations from local residents.

“Brisbane’s City Plan already recognises more than 82,500 character properties and these changes underline our commitment to ensure best practice planning that complements the character of our city, its outdoor lifestyle and rich cultural history.”

For more information on the Brisbane City Plan or to nominate properties of local significance for heritage listing, visit or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.