Quirk sworn in as Lord Mayor of Brisbane
Brisbane’s new Lord Mayor, Graham Quirk, was sworn in at the Brisbane City Council Chambers today.
Cr Quirk has been deputy for the past three years to former mayor Campbell Newman, who resigned last week to enter state politics.
He said although existing plans for Brisbane would continue, there would be some changes in emphasis under his management.
He promises to rollout plans to ensure improvement of traffic congestion and Brisbane’s flood recovery.
Under a new motto for Brisbane city he wants it to be the “cleanest and greenest city” in Australia.
Cr Quirk said his primary focus was for Brisbane to become recognised as an environmentally friendly city.
“We are the only state in Australia to implement 100 percent green power,” he said.
He will continue to develop Campbell Newman’s policies on transport infrastructure to reduce traffic congestion.
Focus on improved public transport and widespread awareness of cultures with the community’s involvement is also on the list.
Cr Quirk thanked and acknowledged Queenslanders for their admirable mateship and volunteerism during the floods.
“If we work as one, we can create a city,” he said.