Preserving Brisbane’s Indigenous culture

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.

Our consortium has developed a cultural heritage management plan that details the process for identifying, informing and handling items of cultural significance.

Neville Bonner Bridge

Senator Neville Bonner AO – the first Indigenous Australian to become a member of the Parliament of Australia – has been honoured with the precinct’s new pedestrian bridge to be named after him.

Born in 1922, Senator Neville Bonner AO was a great Indigenous leader and a strong advocate for Indigenous rights until his death in 1999.

One of the three non-heritage buildings that Destination Brisbane Consortium will demolish through the development is the Neville Bonner building named after him.

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.

Our consortium was pleased to see Senator Bonner’s sole surviving son Alfred ‘Tiny’ Bonner, other Bonner family members and representatives of the Indigenous community attend the event.

The Neville Bonner Bridge will link both sides of the Brisbane River and connect directly to South Bank and Brisbane’s cultural precinct.

Previous Indigenous artwork and artefacts in the building have been relocated:

• The Neville Bonner ‘bust’ – a larger-than-life bronze sculpture — will be displayed at Queensland’s Parliament House until it is relocated to the Queen’s Wharf Brisbane precinct once built.

• The Net, created by Barbara Heath, has been a feature of the Neville Bonner Building since the late 1990s. The Net will feature at 1 William Street from January 2017.