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Brisbane and Redland

Map of Brisbane and Redland region

Our 12 Queensland regions are the best that Australia has to offer.

Brisbane, the state’s capital, is a dynamic river city with world-class infrastructure. The region is a hub for leisure visitors, and a world-class place to study, invest and do business, with gorgeous natural surroundings such as beautiful Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island).

This region is home to memorable tourism experiences and filled with innovators with ground-breaking ideas that are putting us on the world map.

Whether it’s delivering a new $3.6 billion world-class integrated resort, Queen’s Wharf Brisbane, or creating one of Queensland’s largest innovation hubs at The Precinct, we’re backing Queenslanders who live and work in this region.

We know innovation and tourism are crucial to the region’s growth – now and in the future.

The Brisbane-Redland region has many local success stories supported by our strong innovation and tourism investment. We’re working together to deliver jobs, economic growth and benefits for your community, our state and the world.

  • 7,700m2

    The Precinct innovation hub

  • 2,050

    Advance Queensland recipients

  • $243M

    Advance Queensland funding

  • $3.6B

    Queen’s Wharf Brisbane

  • 10,000

    jobs supported by Queen's Wharf Brisbane

  • $24M

    Minjerribah economic transition

Innovation

Anyone can have a great idea or come up with an innovative solution to a problem. The hard part when you’re in a region can be getting access to the help you need to turn your idea into a business and your business into a global success story.

Advance Queensland is helping Queenslanders to grow their business and build our innovation economy.

The Brisbane-Redland Region has many local success stories that we support though programs such as Ignite Ideas, the Industry Attraction Fund and the Business Development Fund.

We have designed or funded many programs to support innovators across Queensland including:

  • Advancing Regional Innovation Program - gives each region up to $500,000 to develop region-wide innovation projects.
  • Regional Startup Hubs Support Program - a local skills-building program delivering education and networking events.
  • Startup Onramp Regional Queensland Program - shows people with a great idea how to become a startup founder.
  • Regional Angel Investors Support Program – helps investors to find innovators who need financial backing.

Case study: Making Great Content for Kids

Like a Photon Creative (LAPC) was formed by Kristen Souvlis and Nadine Bates – experts in children’s content across television, publishing and digital entertainment. LAPC became the third Australian company to produce for Sesame Street USA, with Kristen and Nadine the first Australian female producers for the channel.

LAPC’s KinderGo app aims to become the premier Australian reading tool for educators of children aged two to seven years, enticing readers with the use of fun language and unique illustrations. KinderGo content is already in the marketplace, including on Virgin Australia’s inflight entertainment system. With the single biggest investment by business angels and Advance Queensland backing, LAPC will take KinderGo to the world.

Tourism

Tourism is crucial to Queensland’s economic growth. Situated on a winding river, Brisbane is one of the most unique capital cities in Australia while the Redland has no shortage of bayside attractions. Just 51km from Brisbane City is one of Queensland’s most beautiful islands – Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island).

We are investing over $24 million in projects to support the economic transition of the island from its traditional reliance on sandmining to a globally recognised cultural and eco-tourism destination.

At the same time, the Brisbane region is getting a further boost to tourism with a new Virgin Australia daily service from Tokyo to Brisbane. It’s expected this will generate more than a quarter of a billion dollars and create 2,760 jobs in Queensland over the next three years.

Case study: Queen’s Wharf transforming Brisbane

A new $3.6 billion world-class resort, Queen’s Wharf Brisbane, is being constructed and will put Brisbane on the map as a tourism, leisure and entertainment destination. With a diverse range of dining, shopping, entertainment and accommodation options, Queen’s Wharf is expected to generate an extra 1.39 million visitors a year and deliver a $1.69 billion dollar a year increase in tourism spending.

The Queen’s Wharf Brisbane precinct will have four new luxury hotels, more than 50 new bars and restaurants, 2,000 residential apartments and the size equivalent of 12 football fields of public space when the development is complete. At peak construction there will be as many as 2,000 workers on site and once completed Queen’s Wharf will create up to 10,000 more jobs.

This project is proof of the government’s commitment to creating jobs in Queensland and boosting tourism to the Brisbane region.

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Last updated: 11 Feb 2020