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19 Jan' 17

Local jobs start to grow at Queen’s Wharf Brisbane

The Queen’s Wharf Brisbane development is only into its first month of a demolition and enabling works program, but the mega $3 billion project is already creating scores of local jobs.

From archaeologists to website developers, Destination Brisbane Consortium has engaged more than 80 external firms which has resulted in hundreds of local job opportunities for the people of Brisbane and South East Queensland.

Consortium Project Director, Simon Crooks, says more than 2000 people will be employed to construct the Integrated Resort Development.

“This is a project for Queensland, and we are passionate about having Queenslanders be a part of it,” Mr Crooks said.

“We’ve now got a consortium project team of 25 in place and we’re working with local consultants including structural engineers, geotechnical engineers, architectural designers, computer animated specialists, heritage engineers and archaeologists.

“The project so far has created jobs and opportunities in the areas of photography – accounting – risk management – legal – landscaping – cleaning – security – traffic management – graphic design – heritage management – building design – and communications.

“This is as well as the up to 150 people who will be employed by Probuild to carry out the demolition and enabling works throughout 2017.

“Our focus is on jobs for Queenslanders and working with organisations that share our vision.

“We require our contractors on Queen’s Wharf Brisbane to agree to support local jobs, local suppliers, local training and apprenticeships, Indigenous participation and to enforce the highest level of health and safety standards for our people.

“We also have a long-held commitment to local content and training. We’re committed to 10 per cent of hours being for trainees/apprentices during Queen’s Wharf Brisbane’s construction and this part of our contractual agreements signed with the Queensland Government in November 2015.”

Mr Crooks said when construction reaches a peak in 2020/21, the number of construction jobs will be more than 2000.

When Queen’s Wharf Brisbane opens, expected in 2022, The Star Entertainment Group will then require 8000 operational roles.

“The Star Entertainment Group already has one of Australia's largest apprentice chef programs with its Culinary Institute, and it’s also partnering with TAFE Queensland to train Queensland’s hospitality workers of the future and offer inaugural six-star training in Queensland,” Mr Crooks said.

Brisbane-based firms already engaged on the project include:

  • Butler Partners
  • TTM
  • Urbis
  • Cottee Parker
  • CUSP
  • Soak Creative
  • Tomahawk Creative
  • Proof Research
  • Livewire
  • KDPR
  • Mike Curtain Photography
  • PDC BIM
  • Ironside Risk
  • Bennett & Bennett

About Queen’s Wharf Brisbane:

Queen’s Wharf Brisbane is a $3 billion integrated resort development. It is being built by the Destination Brisbane Consortium which is comprised of The Star Entertainment Group, Far East Consortium and Chow Tai Fook Enterprises. The development will be a game changer for the city, and will feature:

  • 50 new restaurants and bars.
  • More than 1000 premium additional hotel rooms.
  • 2000 residential apartments.
  • Reactivation of some of the city’s most significant heritage buildings.
  • More than 2000 jobs during peak construction and 8000 operational jobs.
  • A 100 plus-metre Sky Deck.
  • 12 football fields of enhanced public open space.
  • A new pedestrian bridge from the CBD to South Bank.

Milestones for the Queen's Wharf Brisbane development will be updated online at www.queenswharfbrisbane.com.au and on the Queen’s Wharf Brisbane Facebook page www.facebook.com/queenswharfbrisbane/.

Local Brisbane businesses available for interview:

Soak Creative – Alan Gould – 0405 717 492
Urbis – Liz de Silva Illesinghe – 0478 976 020
Cottee Parker – Ross Daley – 0411 598 647

Further information:

Graham Witherspoon | Stakeholder & Communications Manager
Destination Brisbane Consortium
T +61 (0) 424 435 345
E gwitherspoon@destinationbrisbane.com.au

Media Release
16 Jan' 17

Heritage protection comes first at Queen’s Wharf Brisbane

Just days after taking possession of the Queen’s Wharf Brisbane development site on 1 January, the Destination Brisbane Consortium is moving to protect the heritage buildings in the precinct prior to any significant enabling works starting.

Investigations have begun to determine the foundation conditions of several of the heritage buildings.

The investigations are looking at the base of the buildings, to determine the extent and method of their construction, and to identify if there has been any subsidence since they were built in the 1800s.

Destination Brisbane Consortium Project Director Simon Crooks said the work was of vital importance before any demolition and excavation activities occur.

“We need to undertake a dilapidation survey of the footings of these buildings, as this will identify what potential retention systems are required,” Mr Crooks said.

“These investigations will be done to Harris Terrace, The Mansions, National Trust House, the former Public Services Club, and the Printery. Additional investigations may be undertaken on further buildings depending the extent of new works and their proximity to heritage buildings.”

Mr Crooks said the consortium has engaged Brisbane firms - Mount Cotton Constructions, structural engineers Calibre Consultants and geotechnical engineers Butler Partners - to undertake the work.

“They will need to dig small test pits of between one and three metres deep at the footings of each of these buildings,” Mr Crooks said.

“Small amounts of some footpaths will be dug up, with all work supervised by an archaeologist and reported back to the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection.

“Depending on the material around the footings, it may take a few days to a week to assess each building, after which point the test pit will be filled back in and any retention systems put in place if required.

“Several of the heritage buildings have already been identified through preparatory testing throughout 2016 as needing protective bracing ahead of nearby demolition and excavation work. This will be done prior to hard demolition commencing, expected in March 2017, and will look like steel scaffolding up against the building.”

With 11 heritage sites located within the precinct, their restoration and repurposing will be a major aspect of the development of Queen’s Wharf Brisbane.

“We take this very seriously, as is demonstrated by the award-winning stonework conservation and heritage management that consortium partner, The Star Entertainment Group, has undertaken of the Treasury hotel and casino buildings,” Mr Crooks said.

“We will be fitting out all heritage buildings in the site with vibration and movement monitoring equipment for the duration of our development works.

“These will identify in real time if there is any tilting or movement.

“Further, we will have in place monitoring on the Riverside Expressway, as well as groundwater, temperature, vibration and surface displacement monitoring.”

The Queen’s Wharf Brisbane development is a game changer for the city, and will feature:

  • 50 new restaurants and bars.
  • More than 1000 premium additional hotel rooms.
  • 2000 residential apartments.
  • Reactivation of some of the city’s most significant heritage buildings.
  • More than 2000 jobs during peak construction and 8000 operational jobs.
  • A 100 plus-metre Sky Deck.
  • 12 football fields of enhanced public open space.
  • A new pedestrian bridge from the CBD to South Bank.

Milestones for the Queen's Wharf Brisbane development will be updated online at www.queenswharfbrisbane.com.au and on the Queen’s Wharf Brisbane Facebook page www.facebook.com/queenswharfbrisbane/.

Harris Terrace in current condition
Harris Terrace in current condition

 

Harris Terrace as part of Queen’s Wharf Brisbane (indicative)
Harris Terrace as part of Queen’s Wharf Brisbane (indicative)

 

Media Release
01 Jan' 17

Work begins on Brisbane’s world-class integrated resort

Destination Brisbane Consortium has today taken possession of the Queen’s Wharf Brisbane development site to begin demolition and enabling works on its $3 billion world-class integrated resort.

For the next several years, the consortium will transform the historic yet underutilised Queen’s Wharf Brisbane CBD site into a vibrant tourism and entertainment destination set to be the envy of other Australian states.

The developer, Destination Brisbane Consortium, is a joint venture between lead partner The Star Entertainment Group and its two Hong Kong-based partners, Chow Tai Fook Enterprises and Far East Consortium.

The Star Entertainment Group CEO and Managing Director Matt Bekier said today marked a fresh beginning for Brisbane and an exciting future for the Queensland economy.

“Today marks a new year, new changes to our CBD streets, and a new facelift for Brisbane as the city begins its long-anticipated transformation,” Mr Bekier said.

“With an expected opening in 2022, this development will put Brisbane on the map as a tourism, leisure, and entertainment destination, attracting an extra 1.39 million visitors to the city each year.

“In the interim, we know it will be a long and complex build and we want to thank the people of Brisbane in advance for their patience as our consortium begins the demolition and enabling works and will continue to keep them regularly informed.”

Destination Brisbane Consortium Project Director Simon Crooks said the hand-over represented a significant milestone for the project team.

“Last year, we worked on our detailed design and planning and now we can finally take over the site, with the first step involving our demolition and enabling works contractor safely hoarding the site,” Mr Crooks said.

“We have been and will continue to work closely with the state government, Brisbane City Council, and TransLink to manage any impacts on motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists.

“Meanwhile, we are committed to keeping the community well-informed during construction and our recently refreshed website now allows users to subscribe to receive free regular updates.”

As part of the demolition and enabling works, Mr Crooks said people will initially see the contractor secure the site for safety with mesh fencing that will then be replaced with permanent timber hoarding, which will remain throughout construction.

“The hoarding will be followed by the gradual safe demolition of the three non-heritage buildings, located at 80 George St, 100 George St, and the Neville Bonner building at 75 William St,” Mr Crooks said.

“The demolition of each building will take place brick by brick, floor by floor as the safety of workers, motorists, pedestrians, cyclists, and the surrounding heritage buildings will be of the highest importance.

“All nine heritage buildings and two heritage parks will remain in our development, and be beautifully restored and repurposed into a range of cultural, retail, dining, hotel entertainment, and tourist attraction spaces.”

Mr Bekier said the economic benefits of Queen’s Wharf Brisbane will be significant to Queensland, including 2000 jobs at peak construction in 2020/21, and 8000 jobs once open and fully operational.

“More than a year ago, our consortium entered into contractual agreements with the state government in which it committed to some very clear priorities to use contractors that support local jobs; local training and apprenticeships; Indigenous participation; local suppliers; and to enforce the highest level of health and safety standards for its people,” Mr Bekier said.

“Further, the state government has a rigorous oversight process in place to monitor compliance of these commitments.
“Quite simply, our consortium’s focus is on jobs for Queenslanders and working with organisations who share that vision.”

To stay informed about traffic conditions and changes during construction, visit www.131940.qld.gov.au or call 13 19 40.

For more about Queen’s Wharf Brisbane, visit www.queenswharfbrisbane.com.au

Project facts:

  • Two CBD roads closed from 1 January 2017 to enable the project’s safe construction: a section of William Street, from Elizabeth to Margaret streets, during the build; and Queens Wharf Road permanently.
  • Appointed early works contractor, Probuild, will erect the hoarding for safety, before removing three non-heritage buildings in the precinct – expected to take up to 12 months to complete.
  • The demolition and enabling works will be followed by the main construction works, which is expected to begin in late 2018/19 once excavation of the foundations, basements and underground car parks is complete.
  • The Queen’s Wharf Brisbane development will extend from the current Treasury Casino building at the top of Queen Street Mall to Alice Street, and from the Brisbane River’s edge to George Street.
  • The Queen’s Wharf Brisbane integrated resort development contains:
    • world-class gaming facilities, comprising less than five per cent of the development
    • 1000 additional new premium hotel rooms
    • 50 new bars and restaurants, plus significant new retail space
    • restored and repurposed heritage buildings and places
    • the equivalent of 12 football fields of public space
    • a free and accessible Sky Deck 100m above William St
    • 2000 apartments
    • a new pedestrian bridge to South Bank.

For more information:

  • Alison Smith, General Manager Corporate Affairs – Queensland, The Star Entertainment Group, +61 438 787 038
  • Graham Witherspoon, Stakeholder and Communications Manager, Destination Brisbane Consortium, +61 424 435 345
Media Release
30 Dec' 16

Reminder: CBD roads to close 1 January

Destination Brisbane Consortium wishes to remind commuters, residents and visitors to Brisbane of two CBD road closures that will take effect on Sunday 1 January 2017, to enable work to begin on the Queen’s Wharf Brisbane development.

The section of William Street (between Elizabeth and Margaret Streets) will remain closed during the expected six-year construction period, while Queens Wharf Road will close permanently.

“This is an exciting time for Brisbane but these changes are needed to enable this very significant infrastructure project to go ahead,” Destination Brisbane Consortium Project Director Simon Crooks said.

“I’d like to thank Brisbane residents for their patience and understanding about these road changes.

“We’ll continue to work with state government, Brisbane City Council, and TransLink to manage impacts to motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians throughout the development.”

The 1 January road closures come after Destination Brisbane Consortium announced its demolition and enabling works contractor last week.

“Probuild will begin the demolition and enabling works in January and we expect this will take most of the year to complete,” Mr Crooks said.

“The demolition will be of the three non-heritage former government buildings at 80 George Street, 100 George Street, and the Neville Bonner Building at 75 William Street.

“This will be a slow demolition process where safety will be the highest priority, as these are buildings within the CBD that are surrounded by motorists, pedestrians, cyclists, and numerous heritage buildings.

“All heritage buildings within the site will remain protected and secured, ready to be restored and repurposed as part of the future development under the Queen’s Wharf Brisbane Priority Development Area Development Scheme.”

The bicentennial bikeway will remain open during the demolition phase.

To stay informed about traffic conditions and changes during construction, visit www.131940.qld.gov.au or call 13 19 40. 
For information on Queen’s Wharf Brisbane visit www.queenswharfbrisbane.com.au

Map 1: William Street and Queens Wharf Road closures.
Map 1: William Street and Queens Wharf Road closures.
Map 2: Pedestrian access around the Queen’s Wharf Brisbane precinct
Map 2: Pedestrian access around the Queen’s Wharf Brisbane precinct

 

Media Release
22 Dec' 16

Probuild appointed to commence Queen’s Wharf Brisbane demolition works starting 1 January 2017

Destination Brisbane Consortium has announced Probuild as the successful tenderer for Queen’s Wharf Brisbane demolition works.

The project involves the removal of three non-heritage government buildings which have already been vacated due to government staff relocating to other government CBD buildings. 

The consortium selected the national construction company, which has a Queensland base, to undertake the demolition works under the Queen’s Wharf Brisbane Priority Development Area Development Scheme. 

The future redevelopment of the site will be the subject of further separate development applications. 

Destination Brisbane Consortium Project Director, Simon Crooks said Probuild will start on 1 January 2017 under Demolition & Enabling Approval that will allow various services relocation works, hoarding of the site, and soft strip-out of the non-heritage buildings earmarked for demolition, followed by their removal to ground level. 

“Our contractor will begin the demolition and enabling works in January and we expect this will take most of the year to complete,” Mr Crooks said. 

“The demolition will be of the three non-heritage former government buildings at 80 George Street, 100 George Street, and the Neville Bonner Building at 75 William Street. 

“This will be a slow demolition process where safety will be the highest priority, as these are buildings within the CBD that are surrounded by motorists, pedestrians, cyclists, and numerous heritage buildings. 

“All heritage buildings within the site will remain protected and secured ready to be restored and repurposed as part of the future development under the Queen’s Wharf Brisbane Priority Development Area Development Scheme.” 

Mr Crooks said the consortium’s focus is on jobs for Queenslanders and working with organisations who share its vision. 

“Probuild will require up to 150 workers to complete these works and we expect our contractors to support local jobs; local suppliers; local training and apprenticeships; Indigenous participation; and to enforce the highest level of health and safety standards for our people,” Mr Crooks said. 

“We have a commitment to local content and training, with contractual agreements signed with the Queensland Government in November 2015.”

Mr Crooks said jobs for Queenslanders had already started flowing from the development. 

“We have already engaged many Queensland companies that employ hundreds of local people to assist in the significant amount of work that has been done to advance the planning and design process, as well as detailed site investigation works,” Mr Crooks said. 

The Queen’s Wharf Brisbane development is a game changer for the city, and will feature: 

  • 50 new restaurants and bars. 
  • More than 1000 premium additional hotel rooms. 
  • 2000 residential apartments. 
  • Reactivation of some of the city’s most significant heritage buildings. 
  • More than 2000 jobs during peak construction and 8000 operational jobs. 
  • A 100 plus-metre Sky Deck. 
  • 12 football fields of enhanced public open space. 
  • A new pedestrian bridge from the CBD to South Bank. 

Milestones for the Queen's Wharf Brisbane development will be updated online at www.queenswharfbrisbane.com.au and on the Queen’s Wharf Brisbane Facebook page www.facebook.com/queenswharfbrisbane/

For interest in construction roles and opportunities for the demolition and enabling works please contact Probuild on queenswharf@probuild.com.au or 1800 676 329

Media Release
22 Dec' 16

Traffic and transport fact sheet

Construction activities will start in January 2017 for the core area of the development, which will house the iconic arc shaped buildings, hotels, restaurants and extensive public spaces, and will take approximately six years to build.

To enable construction activities and safely manage the project precinct, there will be changes to current traffic and transport routes. These changes will affect roads, car parking, pedestrian connectivity, public transport, and bikeways. Destination Brisbane Consortium is working closely with the Queensland Government, Brisbane City Council and TransLink to manage the impacts of these changes.

Factsheet
22 Dec' 16

Public Realm Fact Sheet

Destination Brisbane Consortium’s Queen’s Wharf Brisbane integrated resort will be a vibrant, unique and truly world‑class development that provides an exciting new recreational area in the Brisbane CBD.

Factsheet
22 Dec' 16

Design Fact Sheet

Destination Brisbane Consortium’s iconic design for the Queen’s Wharf Brisbane integrated resort development merges world‑class architecture with heritage buildings in an exciting new precinct that will showcase the city’s subtropical lifestyle through the use of outdoor and open spaces.

Factsheet
22 Dec' 16

Heritage Fact Sheet

Queen’s Wharf Brisbane is recognised as the birthplace of Brisbane’s European history, it has one of the greatest collections of culturally significant heritage buildings and places in Australia, dating back to the early 1800s.

Factsheet
22 Dec' 16

Queen’s Wharf Brisbane overview fact sheet

In 2017, work will begin on a world‑class integrated resort development that will put Brisbane firmly on the map as a tourism, leisure and entertainment destination.

The development will transform the Queensland capital’s CBD and river edge with its

Factsheet
19 Dec' 16

Leading Queensland Hospitality School Marks Full Year Since First Graduation Final

After its first year, Queensland’s leading hospitality training school has turned out 50 six-star-trained students and successfully fast-tracked 90 per cent of them into jobs. 

The Queensland Hotel & Hospitality School – a partnership between TAFE Queensland and The Star Entertainment Group – was launched in 2015 to train the state’s next generation of five and six-star hospitality workers. 

The school is helping build a pipeline of future tourism workers ahead of the Queen’s Wharf Brisbane project that will require 8000 operational roles, and amidst a shortage of hospitality workers in Queensland. 

Of the graduates employed, nearly 30 per cent are now employed by The Star Entertainment Group, while the remaining 70 per cent have been employed by the wider industry. 

As one of the first 14 students who graduated from the school last year, 20-year old Richard Tidswell today works as a food and beverage attendant at The Star Entertainment Group’s Treasury Brisbane property. 

“The school provided the knowledge and skills to begin my hospitality career but just as importantly, it helped me secure my first job through practical work experience and networking opportunities,” Mr Tidswell said. 

“The past year working for Treasury Brisbane has been great for my career – I’ve grown more confident in my barista and bartending skills, but also in being able to interact and develop relationships with customers.” 

TAFE Queensland Chief Executive Officer Jodi Schmidt said the school was leading the charge to prepare Queensland’s workforce for the thousands of new jobs expected in the coming years, including the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. 

“Now is an exciting time for people to start their career in hospitality and our Queensland Hotel & Hospitality School today offers three outstanding programs to choose from,” Ms Schmidt said. 

“They are the International Hospitality Service Program, culinary arts apprenticeships, and front-of-house apprenticeships. 

“The results after the first 12 months are fantastic and demonstrate how our school can give students an edge, especially through the work experience they receive with leading industry employers like The Star Entertainment Group.” 

Development of the school’s courses is overseen by an industry panel, made up of many of Queensland’s leading global brands including Hilton Brisbane, Palazzo Versace, Hotel Jen Brisbane, Next Hotels Brisbane, the Royal International Convention Centre, Sofitel Brisbane Central, and Sea World Resort & Waterpark. 

Ms Schmidt thanked the hotel groups and industry partners for their unprecedented and highly successful collaboration.

The Star Entertainment Group Managing Director and CEO Matt Bekier said the one-year anniversary is an important milestone ahead of significant tourism infrastructure projects in South East Queensland, including its Jupiters Gold Coast and Queen’s Wharf Brisbane developments. 

“We’re delighted with the great outcomes the school is achieving, and how the employment gained by graduates in the wider industry shows the value these courses are bringing,” Mr Bekier said. 

“We look forward to achieving even bigger numbers in the years to come as our company, and industry, continues to grow and transform.” 

Mr Bekier said The Star Entertainment Group has a long-held commitment to local jobs and training, which will also apply at the $3 billion Queen’s Wharf Brisbane development. 

“Our focus is on jobs for Queenslanders and working with organisations who share our vision,” he said. 

“At Queen’s Wharf Brisbane, we will require our contractors to support local jobs, local suppliers, local training and apprenticeships, Indigenous participation, and enforce the highest level of health and safety standards for our people.” 

Mr Bekier said Queen’s Wharf Brisbane will require more than 2000 construction workers and 8000 operational roles when open, expected in 2022. 

“Our partnership with TAFE Queensland is important to ensure we train Queensland’s hospitality workers of the future and offer this inaugural six-star training in Queensland,” he said. 

“The Queensland Hotel & Hospitality School builds on our daily focus on training, which also includes our school work experience program, mentoring programs, internships, and management training.” 

Mr Bekier said The Star Entertainment Group’s Jupiters Gold Coast property is also set to provide more career opportunities once its $345 million transformation is complete. 

“New opportunities will come with the six-star hotel tower that we’re building at the front of the property, which will be ready in time for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games,” he said. 

The Star Entertainment Group also plans to build an additional 700-key hotel and apartment tower on Broadbeach Island, as the first new tower in a master plan of proposed further development in a consortium with Hong Kong-based partners Chow Tai Fook Enterprises and Far East Consortium. 

The Queensland Hotel & Hospitality School’s next courses begin on 23 January 2017 at its Southport campus and on 30 January 2017 at its South Bank campus. 

For more information, visit http://tafegoldcoast.edu.au/ or http://tafebrisbane.edu.au/

Media contact: 

Naomi Jamieson, The Star Entertainment Group, naomi.jamieson@star.com.au or 07 3306 8746 

Quinn Sunderland, TAFE Queensland, Quinn.Sunderland@tafeqld.edu.au or 07 3514 3622

Media Release
13 Apr' 16

Hospitality Training School's Partnership with Industry Provides Job Outcomes and Delivers Third Program

Queensland’s leading hospitality training school is providing job outcomes for its graduates as it delivers a third program to support the state’s growing hospitality and tourism industry. 

The Queensland Hotel & Hospitality School, a partnership between TAFE Queensland and The Star Entertainment Group, is leading the charge to meet future demand for high end skills required for large-scale developments across the state. 

In 2015, the school launched a six-star International Hospitality Service Program, from which all graduates from the first cohort were offered full-time work in the industry. A further 14 apprentices have begun the school’s second offering – the Culinary Arts Apprenticeships program – which was also launched last year. 

Now seven employees from The Star Entertainment Group are about to sample the school’s latest offering – the Front-of-House Apprenticeships program – developed with the support of the Restaurant and Catering Industry Association. 

Minister for Training and Skills Yvette D’Ath said it was wonderful to see the landmark partnership between TAFE Queensland, The Star Entertainment Group, and industry to develop the Queensland Hotel & Hospitality School. 

“This initiative recognises the significant demand to come from developments such as the Queen’s Wharf Brisbane integrated resort, which will include five new hotels and 50 new bars, restaurants, and cafés,” Ms D’Ath said. 

“The valuable input that industry has fed into the school’s training enables it to produce graduates that meet their requirements and fast tracks them into being offered employment. 

“This has already been demonstrated by the inaugural six-star International Hospitality Service Program graduates, who were all offered full-time roles in the industry. 

“They have been offered jobs across a number of properties in a variety of food and beverage roles including in restaurants, hotels, and events, with the second intake starting the program in February. 

“A Front-of-House Apprenticeships program will now also deliver industry qualified waiters specialising in high end sommelier and barista service, which will not only increase their skills but also their future employability. 

“Over the next two years, they will carry out their apprenticeships at The Star Entertainment Group’s Queensland properties – Jupiters Gold Coast and Treasury Casino & Hotel in Brisbane – with TAFE Queensland providing six-star training and assessment.” 

TAFE Queensland Chief Executive Officer Jodi Schmidt said the program was another practical demonstration of TAFE Queensland leading the charge to prepare Queensland’s workforce for the thousands of new jobs expected in the coming years. 2 

“It really is an exciting time to be starting your career in hospitality and our new Queensland Hotel & Hospitality School gives students the edge in a competitive local and international job market,” Ms Schmidt said. 

“Upon completion, the apprentices will receive a Certificate III in Hospitality from TAFE Queensland and be recognised as an industry professional with a Trade Certificate issued by the Department of Education and Training, Queensland. 

“Some of the activities they will be qualified to perform include serving food and beverage to customers; providing silver service; advising customers on a wide variety of domestic and international wines, as well as beers, spirits, and liqueurs; understanding how to match particular foods with complementing beverages; and managing the sale and service of wines.” 

Restaurant and Catering Industry Association Chief Executive John Hart said the demand for highly skilled service staff in the industry was overwhelming right now. 

“We welcome the commitment from TAFE Queensland and The Star Entertainment Group to take on one of the first groups of waiting apprentices,” Mr Hart said. 

The Star Entertainment Group Managing Director Queensland Geoff Hogg said at the heart of its business is ensuring it is a leader in customer service and that the company provides guests with thrilling experiences every time they visit. 

“Our company’s strong focus on training will become even more vital given our partnership in the Destination Brisbane Consortium, set to deliver the multi-billion dollar Queen’s Wharf Brisbane integrated resort development in the CBD in 2022,” Mr Hogg said. 

“Our integrated resort development will rely on key talent to deliver outstanding customer service across a wide range of roles, which makes talent acquisition and organisational development a cornerstone for us. 

“The three programs being run by the school through our partnership with TAFE Queensland will help ensure we have passionate and highly trained people in five and six-star service to fill the 8000+ jobs that our development will need in tourism, entertainment, and hospitality once it comes online.” 

The seven new Front-of-House apprentices and where they will be based are: 

  • Gerald Zamukunda, Treasury Casino & Hotel 
  • Jacinta Grant, Treasury Casino & Hotel 
  • Jessica Anderson, Jupiters Gold Coast 
  • Nicholas Dor, Jupiters Gold Coast 
  • Macarla Bishton, Jupiters Gold Coast 
  • Krystal Campbell, Jupiters Gold Coast 
  • Ayako Wakuyama, Jupiters Gold Coast 

All graduates from the inaugural six-star International Hospitality Service Program were offered immediate roles at various properties including: 

  • Treasury Casino & Hotel 
  • The Star Sydney 
  • Rydges South Bank 
  • NEXT Hotels Brisbane 
  • Sofitel Brisbane Central 
  • Hotel Jen Brisbane 

For more information visit http://tafebrisbane.edu.au/qhhs 

ENDS 

Media contact: 

The Star Entertainment Group: Naomi Jamieson, naomi.jamieson@star.com.au / 0419 661 648 

TAFE Queensland Brisbane: 0402 310 135

Media Release
04 Feb' 16

Pre-Construction Works Begin in Queen's Wharf Brisbane Precinct

Preliminary site investigation works for the multi-billion dollar Queen’s Wharf Brisbane Integrated Resort Development have begun, Destination Brisbane Consortium announced today. 

Consortium partner, The Star Entertainment Group, joined Queensland’s Minister for State Development Dr Anthony Lynham to view the first geotechnical drilling area under the Riverside Expressway. 

The Star Entertainment Group CEO, Matt Bekier, said the early stage pre-construction works will occur throughout the riverfront area during 2016. 

“These works will help us understand the ground conditions throughout the precinct, and inform the detailed design work that we will do this year before demolition and construction activities are expected to start in 2017,” Mr Bekier said. 

“Preliminary investigations will continue throughout 2016 and include marine ecological surveys and thorough internal heritage-building inspections.” 

While the geotechnical testing is only a small scale activity, they are important works ahead of the project starting next year. 

“We are all looking forward to construction starting in 2017, and this activity puts us one step closer,” Mr Bekier said. 

“The soil samples taken during this testing process will inform the engineering aspects of detailed design and how we manage future construction activities.”

The Queen’s Wharf Brisbane precinct marks the original site of European settlement in Brisbane more than 190 years ago. The area runs from the edge of the Brisbane River up to George Street, incorporating the city blocks running north to south from Queen Street to Alice Street. 

Mr Bekier said the Integrated Resort Development expects to attract 1.39 million additional tourists per year to Brisbane. 

“Our development will be an asset for this state that will compete with anything in Macau, Singapore or other destinations around the world. We look forward to progressing a development of which the people of Brisbane will be immensely proud, and that will deliver substantial economic and other benefits for Queensland,” Mr Bekier said. 

The development will provide: 

  • 12 football fields of enhanced public open space 
  • a new pedestrian bridge from the CBD to South Bank 
  • 50 new restaurants and bars 
  • approximately 1100 additional hotel rooms 
  • 2000 residential apartments 
  • reactivation of some of the city’s most significant heritage buildings 
  • more than 2000 construction jobs and 8000 operational jobs. 

The preliminary investigation works are a normal pre-construction activity. The geotechnical drilling is expected to continue throughout February. Much of the testing will occur of a night, but will not require road closures. Road and pedestrian traffic management will be in place at all times.

Pedestrians in the area are urged be mindful of any changed conditions and to be aware of and follow safety-related signage. 

The bulk of preliminary works will be undertaken by local firms including: 

  • Bennett + Bennett - one of Queensland’s largest surveying and planning firms 
  • Butler Partners - a Brisbane-based geotechnical, geo-environmental and groundwater consultancy with years of experience working in the Brisbane CBD. 

The timeline for the Queen’s Wharf Brisbane development is: 

2017 

Anticipated start of construction activities following completion of 1WS 

Likely activities include the removal of non-heritage buildings, then start of underground car park construction 

2018 

Commence foundations for core development area 

2019 

Foundations, car park completed 
Heritage work commences 

2020 

Core development starts to take shape as construction progresses above ground 

2021 

Internal fit out commences of IRD buildings 

2022 

Opening of core integrated resort including hotels and all public realm areas.
Conversion begins of Treasury building and beneath Queens Gardens to create a retail zone that links Queen Street Mall to the heart of the precinct.

2024 

Anticipated opening of the repurposed Treasury building.
 

For more information: 

Peter Jenkins
Head of Media and Communications, The Star Entertainment Group +61 439 015 292 

Alison Smith
General Manager Corporate Affairs – Queensland, The Star Entertainment Group +61 438 787 038

Media Release
17 Dec' 15

Premier congratulates Queensland’s first six-star graduates

Premier congratulates Queensland’s first six-star graduates 

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has congratulated Queensland’s first six-star hospitality training program graduates, as the state prepares for an international tourism boom following the approval of developments such as the $3 billion Queen’s Wharf Brisbane project. 

As founding partners in the Queensland Hotel and Hospitality School, TAFE Queensland and The Star Entertainment Group developed the six-star International Hospitality Service Program to meet the demand for high end skills. 

“These first 14 graduates have a bright future ahead as Queensland readies itself for an estimated 8000 operational jobs, in addition to 2000 construction jobs, from the $3 billion Queen’s Wharf development alone,” Ms Palaszczuk said. 

“They can graduate with the confidence that they are the best in the business, and that there are great jobs waiting for them. 

“I want every young Queenslander to experience that level of confidence as they graduate,” 

“That’s why I’m focused on creating jobs.” 

The Premier joined graduates at Treasury Casino & Hotel, along with some of Queensland’s largest hotel groups and industry partners, including: Hilton Brisbane, Palazzo Versace, Hotel Jen Brisbane, NEXT Hotels Brisbane, the Royal International Convention Centre, Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove Resort, Sofitel Brisbane Central and Sea World Resort & Waterpark. 

“This unprecedented collaboration between many of Queensland’s leading global brands speaks volumes about the vital role TAFE Queensland plays in delivering industry relevant training and collaboration which benefits our entire economy,” Ms Palaszczuk said. 

“That’s why my government has strengthened and reinvested in TAFE, because it plays such an important role in delivering the skills we need now, and in the future.” 

The Star Entertainment Group is part of the Destination Brisbane Consortium which will deliver Queen’s Wharf Brisbane, a $3 billion Integrated Resort Development containing five new hotels, 50 new bars and restaurants, plus a variety of new retail, entertainment and public event spaces. 

“We are proud to work with TAFE Queensland to develop these new six-star training courses and help raise the service culture in south east Queensland,” Group CEO Matt Bekier said. 

“Our partnership with TAFE Queensland is about jobs for Queenslanders and taking our training to a level where we can compete with the best in the world.

“We are forecasting an additional 1.39 million tourists to visit Queen’s Wharf Brisbane each year once it opens in 2022, with much of the inbound tourism coming from Asia. These are visitors who will be looking for authentic tourism experiences including local food, wine and dining,” he said. 

“Ensuring we have the best trained staff will enhance Queensland as a “must go” destination for international travellers.” 

TAFE Queensland Brisbane General Manager Aaron Devine said the first 14 students to complete the new International Hospitality Service Program were trained in delivering five and six-star food and beverage service including fine dining service, food and wine-matching, barista skills; operating a bar; providing advice on beers, spirits, liqueurs, Australian and imported wines; as well as providing silver service. 

“These students are the future of Queensland’s six-star tourism industry,” Mr Devine said. 

“They have done a magnificent job, setting high standards and thriving in both the classroom and our world class partner hotels and convention centres.” 

“TAFE Queensland is at the forefront of delivering talented Queenslanders to take important roles at major projects like Queen’s Wharf Brisbane. 

“We are working closely with industry to deliver highly skilled workforces as the trusted provider of vocational education.” Mr Devine said. 

More details on the Queensland Hotel and Hospitality School program is available at http://tafebrisbane.edu.au/qhhs 

Media contacts: 

Premier’s Office: 0428 098 437 

TAFE QLD Brisbane: 0402 310 135

Media Release
16 Nov' 15

Destination Brisbane Consortium and Queensland Government enter into agreements for Queen’s Wharf Brisbane

Echo Entertainment Group Limited (Echo)1 today announced that the Destination Brisbane Consortium (DBC) has entered into development agreements with the Queensland Government for the delivery of the Queen’s Wharf Brisbane project. This follows the Queensland Government’s selection of DBC as the preferred proponent on 20 July 2015. 

As announced previously, Echo has partnered with pre-eminent Hong Kong-based organisations Chow Tai Fook Enterprises Limited (CTF) and Far East Consortium (Australia) Pty Limited (FEC Australia), a wholly owned subsidiary of Far East Consortium International Limited (FEC), to form the DBC joint venture for the Queen’s Wharf Brisbane Project. The parties have formed two joint venture vehicles (the IR Joint Venture and the Residential Joint Venture), which together are responsible for completing the development of the Queen’s Wharf Brisbane Project. 

The development of Queen’s Wharf Brisbane remains subject to the planning approvals process and the granting of all necessary planning and development approvals as well as the passing of legislation pursuant to the Casino Control Act 1982 (Qld) to establish the Queen’s Wharf Brisbane Casino Agreement under which a Casino Licence may then be issued by the State of Queensland. 

Echo’s Managing Director and CEO, Matt Bekier, said “We are excited to have finalised and signed the development agreements with the Queensland Government to progress our vision to develop Queen’s Wharf Brisbane into a globally recognised Integrated Resort that competes with the best in Macau, Singapore and any other destinations worldwide. The redevelopment of Queen’s Wharf Brisbane has the potential to deliver significant and positive change for the people of Brisbane, the Queensland Government and DBC. Echo, along with its partners within DBC, looks forward to progressing the opportunity to deliver on the vision for Queen’s Wharf.” 

Queen’s Wharf Brisbane Precinct Development 

DBC’s proposal includes total investment of approximately $3.0 billion2 that covers a range of tourism infrastructure and residential developments: 

  • An iconic world class Integrated Resort and entertainment precinct with over 1,100 premium hotel rooms and feature Sky Deck – approximately $2 billion3; 
  • A residential precinct of approximately 2,000 apartments – approximately $0.9 billion; 
  • Public infrastructure, including a pedestrian bridge, and development of public area spaces largely along Brisbane’s riverfront and repurposed Treasury Casino & Hotel buildings; and 
  • Investments in improved connectivity solutions for the City of Brisbane. 
  1. Company name is changing to The Star Entertainment Group Limited as approved by shareholders on 4 November 2015. Refer separate ASX Announcement. 
  2. Includes payments to the Queensland Government of $272 million by opening of the Integrated Resort complex for the gaming licence, fees, leases and land. 
  3. Includes investment in public realm and other public areas.

 

Financial Commitments and Economic Contributions 

DBC’s proposal will also deliver to the State of Queensland substantial economic benefits such as: 

  • Significant payments to the State Government of $272 million by the time the Integrated Resort Complex opens; 
  • Minimum guaranteed State gaming tax payments to the State Government of $880 million in total over the first 10 years of operation; 
  • More than 2,000 jobs during construction; 
  • Creation of more than 8,000 jobs in Queensland once Queen’s Wharf Brisbane is fully operational; 
  • $1.69 billion projected annual increase in Queensland tourism; 
  • $4 billion projected boost to Gross State Product; and 
  • 1.39 million additional tourist visitors estimated per annum. 

Investment supported by long-dated casino licence with attractive terms 

The agreements entered into with the Queensland Government provide for a new casino licence to be issued for Queen’s Wharf Brisbane, under which casino operations are permitted to commence upon completion of the Integrated Resort. In parallel, Echo will cease the gaming operations at the current Treasury Hotel and Casino. 

The proposed Queen’s Wharf Brisbane casino licence will deliver the key operating terms for successful delivery of the Integrated Resort, which include: 

  • Casino licence term and Integrated Resort precinct lease term of 99 years; 
  • A 25 year casino exclusivity period for 60km from the Brisbane CBD, from commencement of operations of the new Integrated Resort; 
  • Gaming tax rates consistent with current levels; 
  • Maximum approved electronic gaming machines of 2,500; 
  • Unlimited gaming tables (including electronic derivations) consistent with current Queensland casino licences; and 
  • Contractual arrangements that provide regulatory and operating certainty on key licence conditions until 10 years from opening of the new Integrated Resort. 

Echo Entertainment’s expected investment under the proposal 

As announced previously, Echo will contribute fifty per cent of the capital to the development of the Integrated Resort and act as the operator under a long dated casino management agreement. CTF and FEC Australia will each contribute twenty five per cent of the capital to the development of the Integrated Resort and will each contribute fifty per cent of the capital to undertake the residential and related component of the broader Queen’s Wharf Brisbane development. 

As part of the proposal, Echo will invest approximately $1 billion into the Integrated Resort including contributions to payments to the Queensland Government and investments in public realm. This capital commitment includes Echo’s share of payments to the Queensland Government. 

Echo will also retain ownership of the existing Treasury Casino and Hotel buildings under a long-dated lease. These buildings will be repurposed into retail facilities and premium hotel accommodation after the new Integrated Resort opens. 

As part of the operating arrangements between the consortium members, Echo’s existing casino operations and business will be replaced with the new development upon completion and Echo will operate the Integrated Resort in return for a fee. The fee will be determined by the revenue and earnings generated by the Integrated Resort.

Under those arrangements, CTF and FEC will generate referral fees for VIP business directly referred to the facility. As a result of these arrangements, it is anticipated that Echo will be entitled to receive approximately sixty per cent of the cashflow generated by the Integrated Resort, taking into account the operator and referral fee arrangements, ownership proportions and any corporate level costs incurred by Echo in relation to the operation of the Integrated Resort.4 

Echo expects to have the capacity to fund the project through existing and new debt facilities and free cash flow generated by the business. Echo is confident, based on the joint venture arrangements entered into, that the returns expected to be generated by the investment will be appropriate to meet the company’s return hurdles and will deliver superior value to Echo shareholders. 

Construction is anticipated to commence in 2017 and Echo expects the new Integrated Resort to open in 2022. A summary of the plans submitted to the Queensland Government by Destination Brisbane can be accessed at www.queenswharfbrisbane.com.au

For a summary of the key commercial details, see Appendix A

For further information contact:

Financial Analysts: 

Harry Theodore, Head of Strategy, Investor Relations and Group Reporting, 02 9657 8040 

Chad Barton, Chief Financial Officer, 02 9657 9140 

Media: Peter Jenkins, Head of Media Communications, 0439 015 292 

 

Media Release
09 Oct' 15

Industry partners take six star approach to job training

The state’s first ever sixstar training course for hospitality students has started, with 14 Queenslanders learning the ropes so they will be job ready for opportunities such as the proposed Queen’s Wharf development.

The multibillion dollar development will trigger unparalleled demand for Queenslanders with hospitality skills, and TAFE Queensland and Echo Entertainment Group have partnered to develop programs that will turn out the highly skilled workers needed.

Training and Skills Minister Yvette D’Ath said the Brisbane CBD development was an unequalled chance to provide job ready Queenslanders for more than 8000 ongoing roles, on top of the more than 2000 jobs needed during the construction phase.

“It is essential that we make the most of this longterm opportunity for thousands of Queensland workers,” Mrs D’Ath said.

“This partnership between TAFE Queensland and Echo Entertainment is laying the groundwork to cater for the next generation of skills demanded by the worldclass project and similar highend tourism opportunities across the state.”

In June, TAFE Queensland and Echo Entertainment Group entered a partnership to create the new Queensland Hotel and Hospitality School. It will deliver tailored programs and qualifications to meet the latest industry requirements and highest international standards.

Mrs D’Ath met the first 14 students to start the new International Hospitality Service Program, and joined them for a skills training session in fine dining placesetting and a food and winematching class.

“This first cohort of students are the future of Queensland’s and Australia’s sixstar tourism industry,” Mrs D’Ath said.

“The Queensland Hotel and Hospitality School graduates will be jobready

for five and sixstar hotels and the region’s finest restaurants, lifting the quality of the entire industry in southeast Queensland.

“The Palaszczuk Government is committed to growing jobs – and what better way to do so than through the creation of exciting new training opportunities that cater to industry demands.”

Echo Entertainment CEO Matt Bekier said he was excited by the jobs and career pipeline that the Queen’s Wharf development would create for Queenslanders wanting to work in retail, hospitality, tourism and entertainment.

“Our Queen’s Wharf development will make Brisbane a ‘must go’ destination for international travellers. When you team that up with the global drawcards that south east Queensland continues to attract, such as the G20 Leaders Summit, the Asia Pacific Cities Summit and the Commonwealth Games, TAFE Queensland will have a vital role in helping deliver world class chefs, world class hotel staff and world class hospitality staff,” Mr Bekier said.

Chief Executive Officer TAFE Queensland Jodi Schmidt said the partnership was a new era for education and training in Queensland.

“This partnership will see two leading organisations working hand-in-hand to deliver the best outcomes for industry and  students. Training delivered through the school will prepare students to take a job anywhere in the world,” she said.

“With Echo as our industry partner to support this training, we’ll be turning out the state’s next generation of highly skilled tourism and hospitality employees – that’s what Queensland needs to prosper in the ultra-competitive tourism industry.”

The school is initially providing three new six-star training programs:

  • 6Star International Hospitality Service Programs: Now under way in October, this intensive threemonth program is run on campus and onsite with leading hospitality partners, and incorporates an accredited Certificate III in Hospitality.
  • Culinary Arts Apprenticeships: This apprenticeship model will deliver a high-level commercial cookery apprenticeship, to help deliver future culinary stars and provide the finest contemporary cuisine to the highest of international standards.
  • Front of House Apprenticeships:An industry led initiative designed to create exemplary food and beverage specialists with a recognised trade qualification for this profession within the hospitality industry. This program has been developed in conjunction with the Restaurant and Catering Association of Australia.

The school builds on the existing relationship between Echo Entertainment and TAFE Queensland, which already supports the next generation of chefs through the Echo Culinary Institute.

The school has been welcomed by industry partners, and is overseen by a panel which includes Hilton Brisbane, Palazzo Versace, Hotel Jen Brisbane, Next Hotels Brisbane, the Royal International Convention Centre, Sofitel Brisbane Central, The Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove Resort and Sea World Resort & Waterpark.

2016 intake dates are to be released shortly, at: 

http://tafebrisbane.edu.au/course/16168/certificateiiihospitalityincludinginternationalhospitalityserviceprogram or http://tafegoldcoast.edu.au/course/16204/certificateiiihospitalityinternationalhospitalityserviceprogram

To register your interest for new course start dates, please call:
TAFE Queensland Brisbane on 13 72 48
TAFE Queensland Gold Coast on 07 5581 8300

Media contacts:

Brooke Baskin (Training and Skills Minister) 0400 774 303
Alison Smith (Echo) 0438 787 038
TAFE QLD Brisbane 0402 310 135

Media Release
21 Jul' 15

Testimonials - Destination Brisbane Consortium Queen's Wharf Brisbane

Daniel Gschwind – Chief Executive Qld Tourism Industry Council 

“We’re delighted that Destination Brisbane Consortium’s proposal has been selected. It will create an iconic and world-renowned integrated resort that can compete with the best in the world. Queensland’s tourism industry currently generates 241,000 jobs and $23 billion in Gross State Product for the state. The existing operations of DBC partners in hotels, leisure, tourism and department stores will help to stimulate visitor demand to Brisbane. Tourism offers great opportunities for Queensland’s future but we need landmark investments like DBC’s to turn the potential into real jobs and income for the state.” 

John Kotzas, CEO Queensland Performing Arts Centre 

“Brisbane is very proud to celebrate culture and the performing arts, and this proposal will create a range of event spaces that will complement QPAC and forge direct links to South Bank. The Destination Brisbane Consortium’s international partners and brands will supplement relationships with QPAC, with our art galleries and will support broader government objectives for Brisbane and Queensland.” 

Professor John Brannock, Director Urbis, Adjunct Professor in Town Planning at The University of Queensland 

“Queen’s Wharf Brisbane will set a global benchmark in integrated development and public realm quality, with the delivery of a place-defining 24/7 entertainment precinct. From an urban planning perspective we are delighted with how this proposal will repurpose some of the greatest collections of heritage buildings and places in Australia in a strategic and sensitive way to celebrate Brisbane’s past and play an active part of the new precinct.” 

Phillip Di Bella – Chair of the CBD Economic Development Board 

“Queen’s Wharf Brisbane will create a new tourism drawcard for Queensland and drive substantial jobs, economic impacts and other benefits for Brisbane. It’s a game changer that will help unlock economic growth for south east Queensland by attracting international visitors and investment. This is a vision that the people of Brisbane can be immensely proud of.” 2 

Chris Mountford – Executive Director Property Council of Australia 

“The redevelopment of Queen’s Wharf is a city changing multi-billion dollar investment in Brisbane. This project is yet another demonstration of the important role the property industry can play in creating jobs, prosperity and strong communities. Large scale private investments such as this project not only shape our urban places, they are jobs and economic growth generators. The property industry is already Queensland’s largest private sector employer, and the biggest contributor to state tax revenue.” 

Bevan Lynch – Chair, Urban Futures Brisbane 

“Destination Brisbane Consortium’s proposal has been designed by Brisbane, for the people of Brisbane, by a team blending Queensland’s best creative talent combined with specialist international experience to deliver a uniquely Brisbane sub-tropical city precinct which provides the much needed connectivity from the CBD to the South Brisbane Reach of the Brisbane River, and in doing so creates city making public spaces and pedestrian links which connect the Queen Street Mall, Victoria Bridge, Southbank and the Botanical Gardens. This holistic integrated urban design scheme compliments and completes the City Centre Master Plan in this significant historic precinct of Brisbane.” 

John Aitken – CEO Brisbane Marketing 

“As we plan towards Brisbane 2022, the Queen’s Wharf priority development area will be a game changer offering Brisbane a world class fully integrated casino, entertainment, dining, retail, conventions, celebration and community precinct in our city’s historic riverfront precinct. It will enhance our local and visitor experience with an iconic development that will serve to link the City, South Bank Parklands, our Conventions and Cultural precinct and our greatest natural attraction, the Brisbane River. Importantly the successful proponent of the Queen’s Wharf project will carry the responsibility of becoming a key player in driving Brisbane’s global reputation as a competitive tourism, major events and conventions destination as well as one of the world’s top ten lifestyle cities.”

Media Release
21 Jul' 15

Destination Brisbane Consortium proposal selected by Queensland Government as preferred tenderer for Queen's Wharf Brisbane

Echo Entertainment Group welcomes the Queensland Government’s decision to progress the proposal from Destination Brisbane Consortium (DBC) for the transformational redevelopment of Queen’s Wharf Brisbane. 

Echo has partnered with pre-eminent Hong Kong-based organisations Chow Tai Fook Enterprises Limited (CTF) and Far East Consortium (Australia) Pty Limited (“FEC Australia”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Far East Consortium International Limited (“FEC”), to form the DBC joint venture for the Queen’s Wharf Brisbane Project. 

The proposal, which remains subject to finalising agreements with the Government, includes investment across a range of tourism and public infrastructure and residential developments. The plans align with the Queensland Government’s vision for a revitalised Queen’s Wharf precinct and include the following elements: 

  • Iconic world-class Integrated Resort and new entertainment precinct adjacent to the CBD and riverfront, connected to South Bank 
  • More than 1100 new premium hotel rooms to operate under five new brands to Brisbane, including Ritz-Carlton and Rosewood Hotels and Resorts 
  • The iconic signature “Arc” building, including a spectacular feature Sky Deck, with restaurants and bars fully accessible to the public
  • Fifty restaurants and bars, from hatted fine dining to pop-up cafes
  • Enhancement of the Brisbane riverfront and public parklands in the precinct, including a new pedestrian and cycle bridge to South Bank to improve the connectivity and amenity along the waterfront, activating twelve football fields of new and revitalised public space 
  • Repurposed Treasury Casino and Hotel buildings to bring to life the overall precinct vision from Queen to Alice Street 
  • World class gaming facilities 
  • Significant event space in the precinct with three major event spaces having capacity to cater to up to 60,000 people 
  • Significant retail facilities across the precinct 
  • Tourism attractions including a light and water river show 
  • More than 5000 car parking spaces, with more than 3500 available for the Integrated Resort, to make the precinct fully accessible to local visitors
  • Residential precinct of approximately 2000 apartments 

The DBC proposal also boasts significant economic benefits for Queensland and outcomes for government around job creation, tourism and revenue targets. These include: 

  • Investments in improved transport and connectivity solutions for the City of Brisbane 
  • Creation of more than 8000+ jobs in Queensland once Queen’s Wharf is operational 
  • Creation of around 2000 jobs during construction 
  • $1.69 billion annual increase in tourism 
  • 1.39 million additional tourists per annum 
  • $4 billion to Gross State Product

DBC’s proposal also includes building Australia’s first world-leading Tourism and Hospitality School on the Gold Coast, to transform the capability of Queensland’s hospitality sector over the next ten years. Additionally, Echo’s head office functions will be expanded and relocated to Queensland. 

Echo Entertainment Group Chairman, John O'Neill AO, said: “I would like to thank the Queensland Government and welcome this exciting partnership to develop and operate arguably the most significant new placemaking project in the history of the Brisbane CBD. This project is potentially transformational for both Brisbane and Echo Entertainment. 

“Our commitment to South East Queensland is evident in the scale and quality of what we’re proposing, including the relocation of our headquarters to Queensland at the appropriate time. This significant investment follows major redevelopment programs announced and underway on the Gold Coast and completed in Sydney.” 

Echo Entertainment Group CEO, Matt Bekier, said: “We are also delighted the Queensland Government shares our vision to develop Queen’s Wharf Brisbane into the best Integrated Resort in Australia, and one for which Brisbane will be globally recognised. It will be an asset for this state that will compete with anything in Macau, Singapore or other destinations around the world. We look forward to progressing a development of which the people of Brisbane will be immensely proud, and that will deliver substantial economic and other benefits for Queensland. 

“We are also spending $345 million to redevelop Jupiters Hotel and Casino at Gold Coast, including a major refurbishment of all 592 rooms and constructing a new six star, 17-storey hotel tower for completion in advance of the Commonwealth Games. The Star in Sydney is enjoying significant momentum from the property’s $870 million 2013 transformation. 

“This is an exciting announcement for us, and for Queensland, when you consider the infrastructure, job and public amenity opportunities that are part of the overall Queen’s Wharf plan. We look forward to developing an enduring partnership with the Government to making this vision a reality. I would like to thank everyone who assisted during the preparation of the original submission and throughout the bid process to ensure ours was the proposal of choice. It was a stellar team performance, involving hundreds of people. From employees across the Echo Group to advisors, consultants and experts from a wide range of industry sectors and our partners in Destination Brisbane Consortium, it was a combined effort of remarkable proportions.” 

Echo Entertainment Managing Director Queensland, Geoff Hogg, said: “This redevelopment will transform Brisbane’s CBD. The precinct will showcase five new hotel brands; 50 restaurants and bars; dozens of unique waterfront attractions; a stunning curved building with an elevated Sky 

Deck designed to offer spectacular views of the river and city; plus the repurposing and revitalisation of beautiful heritage buildings to make them even more accessible to the public. This will be an asset for the state that is quintessentially Queensland, taking into account wonderful natural attractions, such as the riverfront and the weather, to create an iconic and globally appealing destination. We are very proud of our proposal, the design of which has been guided by Queenslanders to ensure it truly resonates with the local community as well as visitors. Our proposal also ensures there will continue to be only one casino in Brisbane.” 

David Chiu, Chairman of Far East Consortium International Limited, said: “To be part of the redevelopment of the Brisbane CBD is the most exciting project we are working on in the international arena. FEC currently owns 20 hotels, 6043 operating rooms and 20 active residential projects worldwide, and has contributed significantly to Melbourne’s skyline through 12 landmark urban renewal redevelopments. We are very happy to bring years of experience in international hospitality operation and mixed use development to Brisbane. This will be a transformational project for Brisbane, and combined with the natural beauty of the region, will make Brisbane a ‘must go’ destination for international travellers.” 

Henry Cheng, Chairman of Chow Tai Fook Enterprises Limited, said: “CTF has significant investments in countries beyond greater China. We are excited to bring our many years of global hospitality and iconic project development experience to Brisbane and are confident of helping shape the city into an incredibly vibrant modern metropolis of which the people of Brisbane will be rightfully proud and want to share with the world.” 

The Destination Brisbane Consortium proposal is designed to deliver a whole of precinct solution that will offer the very best for Queenslanders and millions of visitors from around Australia and the world. The partners within DBC bring an extensive set of relevant, complementary capabilities to this opportunity – combining deep local affinity with the best of global capabilities and networks. 

As announced previously, Echo will contribute fifty per cent of the capital to the development of the Integrated Resort and act as the operator under a long-dated gaming operator agreement. CTF and FEC Australia will each contribute twenty five per cent of the capital to the development of the Integrated Resort, and will each contribute 50% of the capital to undertake the residential component of the development. 

Construction of the Integrated Resort is expected to commence in early 2017 with estimated completion in 2022. Echo will also retain ownership of the existing Treasury casino buildings under a long-dated lease. Those buildings will be repurposed into retail facilities and premium hotel accommodation. 

A summary of the plans submitted to the Queensland Government by DBC can be accessed at www.DestinationBrisbaneConsortium.com.au. 

The DBC brings together Echo’s extensive Queensland and broader Australian experience in operating Integrated Resorts with CTF and FEC’s international hospitality operations, mixed use development expertise and strong links into Chinese and other Asian markets. 

The DBC’s combined business will give Queensland potential tourism marketing opportunities and insights into consumer behaviours via:

  • 1.7 million premium jewellery customers across China, Hong Kong and Macau, members of Chow Tai Fook Jewellery’s VIP program 
  • Over 4 million loyal customers in China, members of CTF group’s New World branded department store’s VIP membership program 
  • 500,000 worldwide members of Diamond Resorts (an affiliate partner for DBC) – all of whom have prepaid their accommodation and are seeking attractive new destinations for holidays 
  • 38 million-plus global loyalty program members of separate hotel programs owned by The Ritz-Carlton and Dorsett groups 
  • 275,000 active members of Echo’s Absolute Rewards Loyalty Program across Australia, with 42% of these members residing outside Queensland.

Mr Bekier said: “The redevelopment of Queen’s Wharf Brisbane has the potential to deliver significant and positive change for the people of Brisbane, the Queensland Government and Echo Entertainment Group, with the creation of a truly place-making precinct that will deliver broad based economic impacts, jobs and other benefits. Echo, along with its partners within DBC, looks forward to progressing discussions and delivering on the vision for Queen’s Wharf.” 

While Echo is finalising project documents with the Queensland Government, it is unable to provide further information regarding the proposal.

For more information: 

Analysts: Harry Theodore, Head of Strategy, Investor Relations and Group Reporting, 02 9657 8040 

Media: Peter Jenkins, Head of Media and Communications, +61 439 015 292 

Alison Smith, General Manager Corporate Affairs – Queensland, +61 438 787 038 

Overview of Chow Tai Fook Enterprises and Far East Consortium 

About Chow Tai Fook Enterprises Limited 

Chow Tai Fook Enterprises Limited is a Hong Kong based private company controlled by the Cheng Family. The principal activities of the CTF group of companies are investment holding, property, hospitality and consumer and retail businesses. 

CTF also is the controlling shareholder of New World Development Company Limited (NWD, HKEx Code:17), a leading Hong Kong based conglomerate listed on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong with a market capitalisation of approximately A$15 billion. NWD, through its Hong Kong listed subsidiaries, engages in property, infrastructure and service, department store and hotel businesses. Rosewood Hotel Group, a company to be wholly owned by CTF, manages a portfolio of 55 hotels in 18 countries across 3 different brands. 

About Far East Consortium (Australia) Pty Limited 

Far East Consortium (Australia) Pty Limited is a subsidiary of Far East Consortium International Limited (HKEx Stock Code: 35). FEC is an international property development company with a strong Australian presence. Founded in 1960, FEC is one of Asia’s largest property developers and is a public company listed on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong. 

Since commencing operations in Australia in 1994, the group has contributed significantly to Melbourne’s skyline through 12 landmark urban renewal redevelopments. FEC also owns Care Park Group, one of the largest car park operators in Australia, and Dorsett Hospitality Group (HKEx Stock Code: 2266), a hotel group listed on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong with hotels in mainland China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, and the United Kingdom.

Media Release
21 Jan' 15

Destination Brisbane Consortium announces strategic partnership with TAFE Queensland

In a landmark announcement for the Queensland hospitality and tourism sectors, the Destination Brisbane Consortium (DBC) has formally announced the first of its proposed strategic partnerships in the establishment of its Queensland Hotel & Hospitality School. The school will focus on building the required capabilities, expertise and reputation for service excellence to deliver Australia’s best Asia-facing hotel and hospitality school. 

DBC has joined forces with TAFE Queensland to deliver the new Hotel & Hospitality School and jointly train the next generation of Queensland tourism and hospitality staff. Students will be trained across food & beverage, hotel and entertainment, gaming, security and management programs. 

Echo Entertainment Group’s CEO, Matt Bekier (representing DBC) and Jodi Schmidt, CEO of TAFE Queensland, have entered into a partnership supported by a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in connection with the Queen’s Wharf proposal. 

The announcement builds on the existing relationship between Echo Entertainment Group and TAFE Queensland, which already supports the next generation of chefs through Echo’s Culinary Institute, creating opportunities for training and mentoring through the Chef Apprenticeship program. 

With the current redevelopment of the Jupiters Gold Coast property well under way, the partnership will help ensure a world class guest experience which encapsulates the Queensland spirit ahead of its completion in 2017. 

Should DBC be successful in its bid for Queen’s Wharf Brisbane, the opportunities will increase significantly, with tourism and hospitality trainees gaining first-hand, industry-leading experience at one of Queen’s Wharf’s five high-end hotels, 50 food and beverage outlets and other entertainment facilities through trainee and apprenticeship programs. 

“This commitment provides an extraordinary opportunity to strengthen South-East Queensland’s position as one of Australia’s premier tourism destinations,” Mr Bekier said. 

“The Destination Brisbane Consortium is committed to delivering a world-class development in the city and to do that, we need world-class chefs, world-class hotel staff and world-class hospitality staff.”

“Through DBC’s partnership with TAFE Queensland, we’re training that generation of staff and providing the opportunity to gain the sort of experience that is coveted around the world.” 

“Our proposed Hotel & Hospitality School will provide first class training for up to 11,000 team members – 3,400 already based at our SE Queensland properties with a further increase of 8,000 with a successful outcome on the Queen’s Wharf bid.” 

TAFE Queensland CEO Jodi Schmidt praised the partnership as an unparalleled opportunity for students to gain real world experience and significantly boost job prospects. 

“TAFE Queensland is about giving people practical skills to do extraordinary things. Through our partnership with DBC, we’re strengthening our offer and ensuring our students are even better prepared for a career in hospitality.” 

“This partnership will deliver a new era in education and, by leveraging DBC’s strong knowledge of the key Asian tourism market, our students will be better prepared to take on a job anywhere in the world. 

The Queensland Government is currently considering two competing proposals to redevelop the Queen’s Wharf Brisbane precinct into an integrated resort and entertainment precinct. 

More information: 

Naomi Hammond - 0424 861 845

Media Release
22 Dec' 14

Destination Brisbane Consortium Unveils Proposals for 'Best Integrated Resort in Australia'

Destination Brisbane Consortium (DBC) today unveiled landmark designs for Queen’s Wharf Brisbane. 

The plans include 

  • The iconic signature “Arc” building 
  • A spectacular feature Sky Deck, with restaurants and bars fully accessible to the public 
  • Five new premium hotel brands, three 6-star venues, including Ritz-Carlton and Rosewood 
  • Fifty restaurants and bars, from hatted fine dining to pop-up cafes 
  • Dozens of unique attractions, including a spectacular water and light show, playing several times each night in the new “River Arena” 
  • A new lyric theatre at QPAC 
  • Riverfront moonlight cinema
  • 12 football fields of public event space

DBC’s proposals also include the establishment of a new, Asia-facing Queensland hotel and hospitality school, headquartered on the Gold Coast, with campuses at Queen’s Wharf Brisbane. 

Echo Entertainment Group Chairman John O’Neill AO promised the plans would deliver “the best Integrated Resort in Australia” should DBC be successful in their bid to develop the highly significant city-centre site. 

“Firstly, I would like to thank the Queensland Government for providing this opportunity to outline our plans today, and to congratulate them on their foresight and vision, and for the highly professional way in which they have managed the bidding and probity processes,” he said. 

For Queen’s Wharf, which he described as “arguably the most significant redevelopment project in the history of the Brisbane CBD”, he added “Brisbane should have the best integrated resort in Australia. Not just a good integrated resort that plays second fiddle to Melbourne, Sydney or Perth, but the best integrated resort in the country”. 

Destination Brisbane Consortium today committed to delivering just that.

DBC presented iconic architectural features for the Queen’s Wharf Brisbane development, designed through extensive consultation, research and local expertise to ensure that DBC’s design fits and amplifies Brisbane's unique subtropical climate, lifestyle, cityscape, traditional cultural significance, and heritage assets. 

Echo Entertainment Group Managing Director and Chief Executive, Matt Bekier, described the DBC approach as a “whole-of-precinct vision”. 

“By relocating the existing casino, and transforming Brisbane’s heritage Treasury Casino buildings into a premium shopping experience and a new six-star Ritz-Carlton Hotel, DBC’s proposal connects and activates the whole precinct with Southbank, Queen Street Mall and the CBD,” he said. 

“By using the whole precinct, we have been able to provide real connectivity to the rest of the city, making sure that this really becomes the new heart of the CBD. 

And of course Destination Brisbane Consortium’s scheme does not require an additional casino in the precinct,” Bekier said. 

“It is very deliberately, unmistakably, quintessentially Brisbane,” O’Neill added. 

He went on to emphasise that for Destination Brisbane Consortium, Queensland is the “absolute, unequivocal priority”. 

“Echo Entertainment Group will have more business and more staff in Queensland than anywhere else in the world when Queen’s Wharf opens. We have very significant equity in this development – real skin. So much so that the Board of Echo Entertainment Group recently formally committed to move our corporate head office to Brisbane, if Destination Brisbane is appointed to develop Queen’s Wharf”, he said. 

DBC’s design and the many attractions and features were shaped after specific research conducted in key markets across Queensland, Australia and China. The research demonstrated that DBC’s particular scheme will deliver 1.39m additional overnight tourist visitors to Queensland each year from Day 1. “That is a genuine game-changer for tourism in Queensland,” observed O’Neill. “The distinctiveness and appeal of our scheme, together with the huge reach of our Consortium Partners’ distribution channels into China, Asia and around the world, can super-charge Queensland Tourism.” 

DBC also estimate that the new precinct will generate at least 8,000 new jobs for Queensland. 

“The 8000-plus new jobs this will deliver to Queensland, will be in addition to the over 3,000 people already employed at Echo’s existing Queensland facilities,” said Bekier. “These jobs will be in the operation of the resort, in head office functions and in the new Queensland Tourism and Hospitality School”. 

More information: 
Naomi Hammond - 0424 861 845

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