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Rebound of Brisbane’s CBD gives heart to Sydney and Melbourne

The number of pedestrians in Brisbane’s CBD has more than doubled in the fortnight since the most recent COVID-19 lockdown was lifted, giving hope to Sydney and Melbourne that they too will quickly rebound once restrictions are lifted, new research shows.

Market analyst Roy Morgan said the number of pedestrians in Brisbane’s CBD had now risen to 54 per cent of pre-pandemic levels – up from 23 per cent during the early-August lockdown.

Roy Morgan research shows pedestrians slowly beginning to return to city centres, except in Sydney and Melbourne, which remain in lockdown.

Roy Morgan research shows pedestrians slowly beginning to return to city centres, except in Sydney and Melbourne, which remain in lockdown.Credit:Roy Morgan

The study reviewed pedestrian movements in CBDs across the country and found activity in Brisbane’s city centre had increased substantially since the last lockdown lifted just a fortnight ago.

Brisbane had an eight-day lockdown in early August and a four-day lockdown in late June and early July.

“The average seven-day movement level in Brisbane’s CBD was at 54 per cent of pre-pandemic levels in late August, up from a low of only 23 per cent in early August,” the research shows. “That is its highest for nearly three months, since late May.”

Pedestrian activity has returned to 54 per cent of pre-pandemic levels in Brisbane’s CBD.

Pedestrian activity has returned to 54 per cent of pre-pandemic levels in Brisbane’s CBD.Credit:Tony Moore

The CBDs of Adelaide, Perth and Hobart were also slowly returning to pre-COVID levels. However, foot traffic in the heart of Australia’s two largest cities, Sydney and Melbourne, were still a fraction of pre-pandemic levels in late August because both remained in lockdown.

In Sydney, pedestrian movement was at 12 per cent of pre-pandemic levels, while in Melbourne, it stood at 13 per cent.

Roy Morgan chief executive Michele Levine said Brisbane’s swift recovery showed other CBDs would bounce back.

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