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What is Destination Brisbane Consortium?

Destination Brisbane Consortium is a joint venture established between The Star Entertainment Group, and Hong Kong-based Chow Tai Fook Enterprises and Far East Consortium. It will deliver the $3 billion Queen’s Wharf Brisbane integrated resort development. Our consortium brings together a powerhouse of Australian and global experience in property and hotel development, consumer and retail markets, entertainment and hospitality.

For more visit our Partners page

Where will the new integrated resort development be located?

The development will cover more than 26 hectares of state-owned and currently underutilised land and waterfront in the CBD of Brisbane, the capital of Queensland, Australia. The area extends from the current Treasury Casino building at the top of the Queen Street Mall to Alice Street, and from the Brisbane River’s edge to George Street.

What will the new development include?

Today, Queen’s Wharf Brisbane contains a number of underutilised heritage buildings, obsolete government buildings and neglected riverfront land under the Riverside Expressway in the CBD. Through Destination Brisbane Consortium’s iconic development, the precinct will transform into a place of life and activity that the people of Brisbane and tourists will be proud of and excited to visit.

For more visit our Fast facts page.

What parts of the development will be open to the public to enjoy?

Queen’s Wharf Brisbane will become a world-class destination for Brisbane open to everyone. In addition to revitalised heritage buildings and an array of new retail, dining and entertainment options, it will also provide 12 football fields of public space to enjoy. This includes parkland, newly created river spaces, the iconic Sky Deck positioned 100 metres above William Street and an outdoor cinema.

When will construction of the development commence and when is it expected to be open for visitors?

Construction will begin in 2017. Completion of the core integrated resort development including hotels and all public realm areas is expected in 2022. The Treasury building (currently housing the Treasury Casino) and the Land Administration building (currently housing the Treasury Hotel) will then be converted into high-end retail and The Ritz-Carlton Hotel. The anticipated re-opening of these iconic heritage buildings is 2024.

For more visit our Project timeline.

How will the construction be undertaken?

In December 2016, Destination Brisbane Consortium awarded a tender to deliver the first stage of construction, the early works, to Probuild. These early works will involve hoarding the site for safety and removing three non-heritage buildings in the precinct. Main construction works are expected to begin in late 2018/early 2019, for which a separate tender will be issued in due course

What part of the precinct will be completed first?

The area proposed to be developed first is located between 1 William Street and the Goodwill Bridge. This will become Mangrove Walk and Waterline Park. They will offer people an improved cycleway, recreation area and a lovely river walk when it opens in 2017.

How will Destination Brisbane Consortium manage health and safety during construction?

Destination Brisbane Consortium will always put first the health, safety and welfare of its employees, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and the general public. The consortium will appoint reputable principal contractors to undertake construction, in accordance with a workplace health and safety management plan.

For more visit our Health and safety page.

What are some of the beneficial economic impacts to be driven by the development?

Queen’s Wharf Brisbane will deliver transformational impacts on Queensland jobs, training and tourism. Some key impacts include:

  • Creation of around 2000 jobs during the peak construction period.
  • Creation of more than 8000 jobs in Queensland once fully operational.
  • Projected 1.39 million additional tourists per annum.
  • Projected $1.69 billion annual increase in Queensland tourism spend.
  • $4 billion projected boost to Gross State Product.
  • Additional training and apprenticeship opportunities through the Queensland Hotel & Hospitality School, a landmark partnership established in 2015 between The Star Entertainment Group and TAFE Queensland. For more visit tafebrisbane.edu.au/qhhs or tafeqld.edu.au
  • The relocation of The Star Entertainment Group’s corporate office from Sydney to Queensland.

How much will the development cost?

The total investment will be more than $3 billion. The development of Queen’s Wharf Brisbane will include:

  • An iconic world-class integrated resort and entertainment precinct with more than 1000 premium hotel rooms (across five hotels) and a feature Sky Deck with spectacular views from a height of more than 100 metres – investment approximately $1.9 billion.
  • A residential precinct of approximately 2000 apartments – investment approximately $0.9 billion.
  • Public infrastructure including a pedestrian bridge, development of public space along Brisbane’s riverfront and repurposed heritage buildings.

What is happening to the heritage buildings and places in the precinct?

The historic Queen’s Wharf Brisbane precinct is the birthplace of European settlement nearly 200 years ago, and a home to Indigenous Australians for thousands of years. It holds one of the greatest collections of culturally significant heritage buildings and places in Australia. After decades of mystery, these neglected buildings and places will come alive through careful restoration work and repurposing. Locals and visitors will be able to enjoy beautifully restored spaces in a variety of ways including cultural, retail, dining, hotel entertainment and tourist attraction spaces.

For more visit our Heritage Preservation page.

How does the state ensure that Destination Brisbane Consortium is preserving the heritage aspects of the precinct?

As part of the development, Destination Brisbane Consortium will prepare robust conservation management plans (CMPs) for all heritage buildings and places in the Queen’s Wharf Brisbane precinct. These heritage buildings and places include Miller Park, Queens Gardens and the William Street and Queens Wharf Road retaining walls. The CMPs will be prepared in accordance with the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection guidelines for preparing management plans, and focus strongly on identifying and conserving heritage values in accordance with the Australian ICOMOS Burra Charter. The CMPs will advocate the ongoing use of the buildings, and provide guidance for their adaptive reuse with consideration of how to best conserve, interpret and enhance the significant elements of each building and place.

For more visit our Heritage preservation page.

How does the Queen’s Wharf Brisbane planning regime protect heritage buildings and places?

Queen’s Wharf Brisbane will go through an independent development assessment process, managed by 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 throughout the process.

For more information about the Queen's Wharf Brisbane PDA development scheme, visit www.edq.qld.gov.au/qwb-pda.

What buildings are being demolished to make way for the development?

Three non-heritage buildings will be demolished to make way for the development. They are:

  • 80 George Street
  • 100 George Street and annex
  • the Neville Bonner building at 75 William Street.

How will the legacy of the late Indigenous Senator Neville Bonner AO be honoured due to the demolition of the Neville Bonner Building?

In August 2016, The Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships hosted a cultural closure event of the building, where it was announced that the new pedestrian bridge would be named ‘The Neville Bonner Bridge’ to continue his legacy. The Neville Bonner Bridge will link both sides of the Brisbane River and connect directly to South Bank and Brisbane’s cultural precinct.

For more visit our Cultural heritage page.

Has the Traditional Owners of the Land and/or wider Indigenous community been consulted on this development?

Queen’s Wharf Brisbane is a site of cultural significance for the Traditional Owners of the land. To ensure the protection of Queen’s Wharf Brisbane’s Indigenous heritage, Destination Brisbane Consortium is committed to working on vital cultural aspects of the development with the Traditional Owners of the land – the Turrbal and Jagera people – as well as Queensland Elders and the wider Indigenous community.

For more visit our Cultural heritage page.

How tall are the buildings in the precinct?

All buildings within the precinct will comply with planning requirements and the Civil Aviation Safety Authority's height restrictions for the Brisbane CBD, which is approximately 274 metres.

How will traffic and transport be impacted and managed during the construction?

Some Brisbane CBD traffic and transport routes are changing ahead of construction starting on Queen’s Wharf Brisbane. From 1 January 2017, these changes will affect roads, car parking, pedestrian activity, public transport and bikeways. Destination Brisbane Consortium has a traffic management plan and is working closely with the Queensland Government, Brisbane City Council and TransLink to manage the impact of these changes. We are committed to keeping the community well-informed ahead of any changes.

For more visit our Traffic and transport page.

Will roads close in the precinct and if so, which ones will they be?

On 1 January 2017, two roads closed to enable the development’s safe construction. These road closures are:

  • Queens Wharf Road (adjacent to the Brisbane River) is now permanently closed to traffic.
  • A section of William Street (between Elizabeth and Margaret Streets) is now closed to pedestrian and vehicle traffic during the construction period only.

How will I be advised of traffic and transport changes?

Any traffic and travel changes (such as congestion, hazards and road works) undertaken by Destination Brisbane Consortium will be publically available via www.131940.qld.gov.au or by calling 13 19 40

What are the public transport changes and how do I find out if I’m impacted?

What are the impacts to cyclists using the Bicentennial Bikeway?

The Bicentennial Bikeway will remain open throughout the demolition phase. During construction, any temporary bikeway route diversions will be communicated extensively in advance via signage and traffic controllers.

What are the impacts to pedestrians during construction?

The route for pedestrians may change depending on construction. On 1 January 2017, pedestrian access along William Street will close between Stephens Lane and Margaret Street, and the west side of George Street (between Charlotte and Margaret Streets). Pedestrian traffic will be directed to the east side of George Street for this section of the road. Bus stop 108 outside Harris Terrace will remain active for afternoon services.

Are you closing or removing the Riverside Expressway or any of its on and off ramps?

There will be no permanent closures to the Riverside Expressway or its on or off ramps during construction. Temporary lane closures will be required for some construction works, but will be conducted in off-peak periods to minimise impacts to commuters.

Will train services or CityCat and ferry services be affected during construction?

City train and access to CityCat/ferry services will not be affected.

What environmental measures are in place to minimise impacts to the environment such as dust, noise and vibration?

Queen's Wharf Brisbane will be a world-class environmentally-sustainable precinct that is built to a six-star Green Star Communities Rating. The precinct will showcase and maximise energy efficiencies and water conservation. Dust, noise and vibration management will be monitored and controlled in accordance with relevant requirements, as per other large scale projects within Brisbane's CBD.

For more visit our Environment page.

What mitigations are being taken to manage the risk of flooding during construction and once operational?

The safety of our people and contractors is a priority. The construction of the site will meet all regulatory requirements. Our flood modelling demonstrates that all Queen’s Wharf Brisbane essential services are above the Brisbane City Council’s Q100 flood levels and flood mitigation measures, such as a flood gate, are part of the design. Destination Brisbane Consortium will work closely with its contractors and suppliers to ensure that measures are in place to prevent water or any other issue affecting the Queen’s Wharf Brisbane site.

What payments are being made to government?

There are payments of $272 million to be made to the state government by the time the integrated resort complex opens. This reflects payments for the gaming licence, fees, leases and land, but should also be read in context of the overall project scope. In particular, the investment in public realm and other public areas is included in the total development costs for the integrated resort development. Destination Brisbane Consortium will also make minimum guaranteed state gaming tax payments to the state government of $880 million in total over the first 10 years of operation.

Will an additional casino be built in Brisbane as part of the development?

No. As lead consortium partner, The Star Entertainment Group’s existing casino licence will be leveraged, negating the need for an additional casino licence. The existing Treasury Casino in the Brisbane CBD will continue to operate during the construction phase and is expected to relocate to the new integrated resort development, in the signature Arc-shaped building, in 2022. The heritage buildings presently occupied by Treasury Brisbane will be repurposed to house high-end retail and The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, allowing greater public access to these iconic Brisbane landmarks. These conversion works are expected to begin in 2022 and be completed around 2024.

How large is the gaming footprint in relation to the entire integrated resort development?

The casino gaming floor will be less than five per cent of the overall development and is comparable to other integrated resort developments in Australia and globally.

What tourism opportunities are expected to be generated from the development?

Queen's Wharf Brisbane positions Brisbane as an international tourism destination that attracts visitors and investment to Brisbane and greater Queensland. The tourism demand forecasting and research undertaken by Destination Brisbane Consortium indicates that the actual facilities and attractions the consortium is proposing will generate a projected 1.39 million additional tourists per annum. Lead consortium partner, The Star Entertainment Group, along with its strategic consortium partners, also provide considerable and complementary hospitality and tourism development opportunities.

What hotel options will be available?

Locals wanting a fun weekend escape away or visitors looking to experience the delights of a new-world city will be spoilt for choice with five new internationally-recognised brands coming to Brisbane, offering a combined 1000+ premium hotel rooms.

These iconic brands are The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Rosewood, Dorsett and two hotels by lead consortium partner, The Star Entertainment Group. The development will also introduce Brisbane’s first six-star hotels.

How can I be part of Queen’s Wharf Brisbane as a potential job seeker or supplier?

Queensland individuals and businesses are encouraged to learn more about Queen’s Wharf Brisbane and the potential opportunities to get involved. The size and scale of Queen’s Wharf Brisbane will provide significant jobs, training and supplier opportunities for Queenslanders – during both construction and operational phases.

For more visit our Get Involved page.

How can I stay informed and updated on the development?

Destination Brisbane Consortium will continue to engage and provide information to the local community, businesses and work with governments. In the meantime, we encourage people to stay up-to-date through a variety of ways: