What time does Lord Mayor usually wake up in the morning?
I wake up before 6 am to ensure I make the most of my time with my four young children, Petra, Monash, Wolfgang and Octavia and wife Nina before I head off to work. This means making breakfast, helping to get them dressed for school and kindy as well as doing the usual chores like dishwashing and taking the bins out.
为了在上班前挤出更多时间陪伴我的四个孩子 Petra, Monash, Wolfgan和Octavia以及我的太太 Nina，我一般会在早上六点前醒来，为他们准备好美味的早餐，在孩子们去学校和幼儿园之前帮他们穿好衣服，并做一些诸如洗碗、倒垃圾之类的日常家务事。
To get myself ready for the day ahead, I make sure I read the news so I can get across the issues of the day.
What is the first thing Adrian does when he arrived in the office?
My day always begins before I arrive in the office. Every single day is different – sometimes I start the day by attending a community event or a meeting and other days I could attend a Lord Mayor’s Charitable Trust charity event with my wife Nina.
What is his favorite breakfast dish?
My favourite thing for breakfast is a cup of black coffee or a green tea.
What time do you finish work every day? Did he work overtime often?
As I’ve mentioned before, every day is different, and I don’t work the usual nine to five. The work day often ends after 10pm, with many night time events each week.
I am privileged to spend time meeting new, inspiring people who are doing their part in helping make the Brisbane of tomorrow even better than the Brisbane of tomorrow.
Do you do exercise to stay fit or healthy?
Before I began working in local government, I was in the Australian Defence Force Academy and learnt a lot of things, including the importance of keeping fit and healthy.
With four young kids, it’s hard to find the time to head to the gym so I use military style exercises, such as push-ups and sit-ups, to keep on top of my health at home. I also try to keep moving during the day by clocking-up at least 10,000 steps.
As a Lord Mayor, how do you prioritize when everything is important?
On my very first day as Lord Mayor, I made it clear that my goal was to do everything possible to make the Brisbane of tomorrow even better than the Brisbane of today.
It’s my promise to the people of the city I’ve grown-up in and loved for 42 years, and it’s also my promise to my four young children. I’m determined that the next generation will inherit an even better city.
To help me do this, I’m very privileged to be surrounded by an exceptionally talented team of Councillors. Working with them, I’m more confident than ever in delivering a better Brisbane of tomorrow.
Lord Mayer, as a ‘CEO' of Brisbane City, who are you report to? Government or residents? How to measure your KPI?
As I previously mentioned, my promise to the people of Brisbane is to do everything possible to make the Brisbane of tomorrow even better than the Brisbane of today.
If my residents agree that I’m keeping this promise, then I know I am doing my job to the best of my ability.
When you are busy or stressed at work, how do you manage your emotions?
Even if I have a stressful or difficult day at work, coming home to my wife and kids always keeps me grounded and brings me the greatest happiness.
What is the next economic growth engine in Brisbane 2020?
I am excited to have helped progress Brisbane’s bid for the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games and I believe we are in the box seat to bring the world’s most exciting event to our region.
Hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games would be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that would be the catalyst to create the infrastructure our growing region will need in coming decades.
Among the long-term infrastructure, reputational and tourism benefits, an important goal from hosting the Olympics, is the delivery of the roads and public transport that Brisbane and the South East Queensland region needs to connect our communities for decades to come.
Brisbane City Council is already moving forward on key transport projects that will get residents home quicker and safer including the turn-up-and-go Brisbane Metro, five new green bridges that will provide pedestrian and cycling cross river links and the North West Transport Corridor.
A 2032 Olympics is an exciting prospect and I look forward to working with both the Federal and State Governments as we progress our bid for the event.
What is your impression of Chinese business owner in Brisbane?
Brisbane’s ties with China continue to grow, and they are bolstered by our incredibly strong and vibrant Chinese business community. My impression of Chinese business owners is that they are very hard working and dedicated to ensuring their families have a strong future in our city.
Brisbane is home to many Chinese organizations and community groups that help promote Chinese culture in Brisbane, celebrate important events like Chinese New Year and promote opportunities for business and economic development.
Council’s International Relations and Multicultural Affairs team is dedicated to fostering Brisbane’s relationship with China, and we continue to mutually benefit from real economic outcomes with our Chinese sister cities Shenzhen and Chongqing.