Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has officially announced that he is leaving the top job – exactly eight years to the day of when he started in the role.
“Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has announced he won’t contest next year’s Council elections and will step down from the role on 7 April, exactly eight years from the day he became Lord Mayor,” a statement from Brisbane City Council states.
Brisbane’s new Lord Mayor will be announced on Sunday after an LNP meeting, and they will be sworn in the following week at a special supplementary meeting.
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has announced he won’t contest the 2020 #Brisbane City Council election and will step down from the role on 7 April, exactly eight years from the day he became Lord Mayor. Full statement: https://t.co/sFVhioOZHa #bnepol pic.twitter.com/VOPJBljCjw
— Team Quirk (@Team_Quirk) March 28, 2019
“As Lord Mayor, I’ve strived to make Brisbane an even better place to live and work and I hope most people agree that has occurred over the past eight years,” he said.
“I’ve continued to invest in infrastructure to tackle traffic congestion with projects like the Brisbane Metro to get people home quicker and safer. We have delivered more than $4 billion in road upgrades and improvements over the last eight years.
“I have worked to develop a real Team Brisbane approach around our city and suburbs that’s about getting business and educational institutions, the not-for-profit sector and city government working closer together to deliver improved outcomes and create more jobs for the people of Brisbane.”
Quirk cited family as his main motivator for hanging up the boots.
“There are significant demands on one’s family in these roles and upon reflection I have decided that now is the time to go,” he said.
“I’m extremely proud of what my team has achieved and confident that a vibrant and renewed LNP Council team will have new and exciting plans to keep Brisbane heading in the right direction.”