Frequently asked questions

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  1. Queen’s Wharf Brisbane general information
  2. Priority Development Authority (PDA) Queen’s Wharf Brisbane and planning framework
  3. Public spaces
  4. Casino and licensing
  5. Traffic and transport
  6. Construction management
  7. Heritage management
  8. Flood impact
  9. Indigenous matters

Queen’s Wharf Brisbane general information

Who is the developer for Queen’s Wharf Brisbane?

Destination Brisbane Consortium is the developer for Queen’s Wharf Brisbane. Destination Brisbane Consortium is a joint venture between The Star Entertainment Group, and Hong Kong-based Chow Tai Fook Enterprises and Far East Consortium.

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

Has the development been approved by government?

The Minister for Economic Development Queensland (MEDQ) on 28 November 2014 declared Queen’s Wharf Brisbane a Priority Development Area. Following this declaration the Queensland Government called for tenders to meet criteria that had been set through the PDA vision.

Development within the PDA is administered by EDQ, and assessed through the legislative framework established under the Economic Development Act 2012.

The development application containing the Plan of Development will be independently assessed by EDQ in accordance with the Economic Development Act 2012, against the Queen’s Wharf Brisbane PDA development scheme, the Queen’s Wharf Brisbane PDA Public Realm and Movement Network Planning and Design Guideline and any other relevant documents and guidelines called up in the development scheme.

Destination Brisbane Consortium has prepared and lodged a Plan of Development (PoD) with Economic Development Queensland (EDQ) on 15 May 2017. Our PoD has been deemed a properly made submission, which means it is available on the EDQ website (http://www.dilgp.qld.gov.au/planning/development-assessment/priority-development-area-development-applications.html) for everyone to review. In accordance with the assessment process, the Queen’s Wharf Brisbane PoD has now progressed to Public Notification which means anyone can make a formal submission if they wish. The PoD Public Notification period will remain until 19 October 2017. After that period, EDQ will assess the application and consider the submissions and advise on an outcome.

Once EDQ approves the PoD, Destination Brisbane Consortium will need to meet Compliance Assessment requirements for each aspect of development.

EDQ will continue to govern the project through all stages of its development.

What is the project timeline?

In November 2015 the Queensland Government officially appointed Destination Brisbane Consortium as the proponent to deliver Queen’s Wharf Brisbane.

In January 2017 Destination Brisbane Consortium began demolition and enabling work for the project.

Early 2018, Destination Brisbane Consortium expects to begin excavation for the project, followed by construction.

By 2022 the core of the development is expected to open, and then the consortium will begin the conversion of the existing Treasury Hotel and Casino into a Ritz-Carlton and high end retail store. This is expected to open in 2024.

Timing for the residential towers has not yet been confirmed but will be after the core of the development.

For more visit our Project timeline.

What is Queen’s Wharf Brisbane?

Queen’s Wharf Brisbane is an integrated resort development which will transform our city with a diverse mix of new riverfront space; high quality dining options to suit every taste and budget; exciting nightlife and entertainment; local and international retail brands; and world-class five and six-star hotels. The project will revitalise a tired and underutilised part of the city, which has been neglected for decades.

Located in the CBD, the $3 billion development will feature iconic contemporary architecture alongside beautifully restored heritage buildings, and provide locals and tourists with more than 12 football fields of public space to enjoy. It will strengthen our reputation as an international tourism, leisure and entertainment destination.

The development will also help better connect our city with a new pedestrian bridge to South Bank, and pedestrian access created underneath Elizabeth Street and Queens Gardens.

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:

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 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.

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 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.