Council money saving initiatives


Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner is encouraging residents to take advantage of free Brisbane City Council initiatives that help them spend less and get more. 


Cr Schrinner said making small lifestyle changes, such as taking up a free Council yoga, boxing or pilates class or signing up for a free library membership, could save residents money in the long run.


“Every household is facing pressure with rising costs of living and we’re reminding residents of the free initiatives we have on offer that will help make small savings across the board,” he said.


“Brisbane seniors can take advantage of some serious savings, with full pensioners able to claim a 40 per cent rates rebate of up to $1161 per year and seniors eligible for free off-peak travel on buses, CityCats and ferries.


“All residents will also soon receive their next pack of free waste vouchers for use at our resource recovery centres as well as no charge to make the change to a larger yellow-top recycling bin or sign up to our green waste recycling service.


“Residents can visit their local ward offices to get a free kitchen caddy, two free native plants and up to $70 back when purchasing a compost or worm farm.


“Council also delivers free or low-cost activities seven days a week in suburbs right across Brisbane as part of our Active and Healthy Program including cardio sessions, HIIT and strength classes, yoga and pilates and exercise classes at Council pools.


“With a free Council library membership, residents have 24/7 access to more than 70,000 e-book and eAudiobooks, as well as eMagazines, music and film streaming services.


“Carindale Library is also home to a multi-purpose makerspace where residents can book in to use sewing machines, overlockers, a laser cutter, scan and cut machines to design, mend or make their own clothes.


“There’s so much for us to see and do in our own backyard that doesn’t cost a lot and I encourage everyone to download the free Brisbane App to find their next free adventure including exploring our Outdoor Gallery, visiting amazing playgrounds or enjoying walking trails.”


Top eight free Council initiatives:

1. Seniors can enjoy free off-peak travel on buses, CityCats and ferries

2. Rebate of up to 40 per cent on rates for pensioners

3. Free waste vouchers for all residents including renters

4. Up to $70 rebate when purchasing a compost or worm farm

5. Hundreds of free Active and Healthy Classes including yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi

5. Two free native plants

6. Access to audiobooks and streaming services, media conversion station, makerspace sewing machine areas, free podcasting production through a Council library membership

7. Free kitchen caddy for composting

8. Free use of creative equipment including DSLR cameras, studio lighting kits, audio equipment for under 25s at Visible Ink Youth Hub


For more information on our Council money saving initiatives visit or call Council on 3403 8888. To download the Brisbane App, head to your local app store.

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