On Monday 16 November 2015 the Queensland Government reached contractual close on the $3.6 billion Queen's Wharf Brisbane Integrated Resort Development, representing a key aspect of the final stage of the procurement process, successfully delivered by the Department of State Development.
Destination Brisbane Consortium – The Star Entertainment Group (formerly Echo Entertainment Group), Far East Consortium (Australia) and Chow Tai Fook Enterprises – is now the contractor responsible for delivering the world-class tourism, leisure and entertainment precinct in the heart of the Brisbane CBD.
The Queensland Government in partnership with Destination Brisbane Consortium will deliver economic growth for Queensland with the creation of more than 2000 jobs during peak construction and 8000 jobs when the Integrated Resort Development is operational in around 2022.
The revitalised precinct will provide improved facilities for everyday use and public events, showcasing Brisbane to locals, interstate and international visitors.
The Queen's Wharf Brisbane precinct marks where Brisbane started over 190 years ago. The redevelopment area will become the hub that connects the defining parts of the city – the Botanic Gardens, the Queen Street Mall, the Cultural Precinct, South Bank, the Parliamentary Precinct and the Brisbane River.
The redevelopment area is state-owned land and is generally located between the Brisbane River and George Street and between Alice and Queen Streets. The area contains significant heritage buildings, a number of under-utilised government buildings as well as neglected riverfront land under the Riverside Expressway.
Vision and objectives
A unique and vibrant new world city development that attracts visitors and investment, reconnects the activity of the Brisbane city centre to the river, preserves and celebrates Brisbane's heritage, and delivers high quality public spaces.
Queen's Wharf Brisbane will:
- become an internationally-recognised precinct with world class sustainable urban design and architecture that establishes a clear identity that is uniquely 'Brisbane' and 'Queensland'
- stimulate broad investment and economic development in the long-term future of Brisbane as a New World City, focusing on tourism and construction
- redefine public access and transport connections into, through and around the Brisbane city centre - from bridge to bridge and river to ridge
- transform and activate places and spaces that draw people to the origin of Brisbane as a city
- promote social interaction and a broad range of urban activities from the city centre down to the river's edge.
Location - Priority Development Area
The location map (PDF, 848.2KB) indicates the outline of the precinct.
The Queen's Wharf Brisbane Priority Development Area (PDA) was declared by Economic Development Queensland on 28 November 2014, to facilitate the planning and delivery of the Queen's Wharf Brisbane Integrated Resort Development and establish the necessary policy environment to support the intended development outcome for the site.
Public notification of the proposed development scheme for the Queen's Wharf Brisbane PDA was held from 7 August 2015 to 21 September 2015 (the submission period). During the submission period all interested parties including the community, residents, and business operators were invited to view Economic Development Queensland's proposed development scheme and make a written submission for consideration by the Minister for Economic Development Queensland (MEDQ).
On 28 January 2016, the Queen's Wharf Brisbane PDA development scheme was approved by the Queensland Government. The final development scheme and submissions report is now available on the Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning website.
Destination Brisbane Consortium
Queen’s Wharf Brisbane is being delivered by Destination Brisbane Consortium – a joint venture between The Star Entertainment Group (formerly Echo Entertainment Group), Far East Consortium (Australia) and Chow Tai Fook Enterprises. Destination Brisbane Consortium is the contractor responsible for delivering this world-class tourism, leisure and entertainment precinct in the heart of the Brisbane CBD.
Plan of Development (PoD)
Destination Brisbane Consortium (DBC) submitted its Plan of Development (PoD) for Queen's Wharf Brisbane to Economic Development Queensland (EDQ) on 30 May 2017.
A 30 business day public notification period was undertaken from 6 September 2017 to 19 October 2017. During the submission period, interested parties and members of the public were invited to make a written submission to EDQ in response to the PoD application.
EDQ then had 40 business days to decide the application from the conclusion of public notification.
On 21 December 2017, the PoD was formally approved with conditions attached. The decision and conditions are available for viewing on the EDQ website by searching DEV2017/846.
There have been several stages that needed to be completed by both DBC and the state as part of the PoD application. They included:
- On 15 May 2017 DBC lodged the PoD application with EDQ.
- On 30 May 2017 the PoD application was determined to be properly made by EDQ.
- Subsequent to submission of the PoD, EDQ made a formal Information Request to DBC on 27 June 2017 seeking further information on the application in several key areas. As a result, further information was provided by DBC to EDQ on 24 August 2017.
- On 1 September 2017 EDQ advised DBC that the Minister for Economic Development Queensland (MEDQ) was satisfied that the Information Request had been complied with and that notice of the Priority Development Area development application would now commence.
- From 6 September 2017 to 19 October 2017 public notification was undertaken for the development application.
- EDQ completed a review of all formal submissions received and considered the matters raised. EDQ had 40 business days to decide the application from the conclusion of public notification.
- On 21 December 2017, the decision for the PoD development application was made by the Minister for Economic Development Queensland (MEDQ) and published on the EDQ website. The decision is available for viewing on the EDQ website by searching DEV2017/846.
How can I provide a formal submission on the PoD application?
The formal submission period was undertaken for 30 business days from 6 September 2017 to 19 October 2017 and is now closed.
During the submission period, interested parties and members of the public were able to make written submissions to Economic Development Queensland (EDQ) in response to the Queen's Wharf Brisbane Plan of Development (PoD) application.
EDQ had 40 business days to decide the application from the conclusion of public notification.
On the 21 December 2017 the decision on the PoD development application was made by the MEDQ and published on the EDQ website by searching DEV2017/846.
Destination Brisbane Consortium then received a development approval from EDQ to deliver Queen’s Wharf Brisbane and meet Compliance Assessment requirements for each aspect of the development. As the project progresses, DBC will be required to submit to EDQ detailed traffic, environmental and other management plans and technical construction drawings before construction works commence on each element of the project.
Timing Description May 2012 Announcement of the Government Precinct Redevelopment (now Queen's Wharf Brisbane) January 2014 Registration of Interest process completed March 2014 Expression of Interest process completed July to October 2014 Request for Detailed Proposals process undertaken November 2014 to July 2015 Assessment and Contract Negotiation with the final two proponents July 2015 Destination Brisbane Consortium announced as the preferred proponent for Queen's Wharf Brisbane November 2015 Queensland Government and the Destination Brisbane Consortium reach contractual close January 2016 to January 2017 Preliminary site investigation works 2017 Access to site, demolition of non-heritage buildings, underground works 2018 Excavation works begin
Commencement of Waterline Park and Mangrove Walk
2019 Waterline Park and Mangrove Walk open, marine works commence along river edge and excavation works complete 2020 Neville Bonner Bridge commences construction and core development area structures take shape 2021 Building structures well underway and building forms take shape and works on Heritage building underway 2022 Expected opening of Integrated Resort Development 2024 Expected completion of Treasury Building retail conversion
Timings are subject to weather and construction conditions
The Queensland Government's extensive public consultation on Queen's Wharf Brisbane began as far back as May 2013 when a comprehensive community engagement process commenced. This included:
- online surveys
- community reference groups
- formal public consultations
- industry engagement with peak property, heritage and development bodies
- interactive workshops
- regional showcase
- social media
- monthly newsletters
- print and online advertisements
- a dedicated project shop front open weekdays to the community
- engagement with the Indigenous community
- a number of Statutory submissions
In 2015 Economic Development Queensland (EDQ) commenced public notification of the proposed development scheme for the Queen's Wharf Brisbane Priority Development Area (PDA) . During the submission period all interested parties were invited to view the proposed development scheme and make a written submission for consideration by the Minister for Economic Development Queensland. As part of this process, EDQ also held three information displays open to the public for direct face-to-face contact with the EDQ team.
The Queensland Government called for submissions on the Queen's Wharf Brisbane Bill 2015 and on the Brisbane Casino Agreement Amendment Bill 2016.
From 6 September 2017 to 19 October 2017 a 30 business day public notification period was undertaken for the Plan of Development (PoD) application. During this period interested parties and members of the public were invited to make written submissions to EDQ in response to the PoD application.
Read more about Queen’s Wharf Brisbane community consultation, key dates, actions and engagement activities from 2012 until the present day.
A Probity Code of Practice has been established for Queen's Wharf Brisbane and independent probity advisers have been appointed to oversee the project.
Queen's Wharf Brisbane presents an opportunity to preserve, repurpose and celebrate Brisbane's heritage eleven heritage buildings and places located in the precinct.
The Integrated Resort Development will go through an independent development assessment process managed by the Economic Development Queensland (EDQ), as the development sits within the Queen's Wharf Brisbane Priority Development Area (PDA).
EDQ will assess Destination Brisbane Consortium's development application against the adopted PDA development scheme and consult with the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection and the Queensland Heritage Council on all significant heritage matters through the process.
Queen's Wharf Brisbane will deliver more than 12 football fields of enhanced public space, streetscapes and a new pedestrian bridge to South Bank. This includes improved access to the eleven heritage buildings and places located in the precinct, new parks, waterfront spaces and plazas as well as connect with existing city assets including the Botanic Gardens, South Bank, the Cultural Precinct and the Queen Street Mall.
The operators of the existing Treasury Hotel and Casino, The Star Entertainment Group, form part of the Consortium that won the Queen's Wharf Brisbane project. The existing Treasury Casino in the Brisbane CBD will continue to operate throughout the Queen's Wharf Brisbane construction phase (approximately 2017 to 2022). It will close when a new world-class international casino facility opens within the Integrated Resort Development, expected in 2022. The existing Treasury Casino will be converted into high end retail space.
At the Queen's Wharf Brisbane Integrated Resort Development, the casino gaming floor will be less than 5% of the overall development and is comparable to other Integrated Resort Developments in Australia and globally. The casino size and format will enable Queensland to compete effectively with similar developments across the region.
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Integrated Resort Developments
An Integrated Resort Development is a high quality, mixed use destination aimed at providing tourism, leisure and entertainment facilities that appeal to as broad a demographic as possible, including the international market. Such developments deliver broad direct and indirect benefits to the economy and community. They may also include casinos and offer gaming activities integrated with other service offerings to go beyond the traditional stand-alone casino.
On 16 March 2016, the Government announced that if one or both of the current regional Integrated Resort Development proposals do not go ahead, the Queensland Government may go back to the market to seek expressions of interest for the available regional licences.
On 28 October 2017, the Government announced a proposed Global Tourism Hub (GTH) for Tropical North Queensland, bringing a dynamic new tourism opportunity to the region. Visit Global Tourism Hubs for more information.