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    Deputy Premier, Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Jeff Seeney

    'Queen's Wharf' to become Brisbane icon

    Deputy Premier, Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Jeff Seeney

    Thursday, November 21, 2013

    'Queen's Wharf' to become Brisbane icon

    One of Brisbane’s most historic areas will be recognised with the naming of the Government Precinct Redevelopment at 1 William Street, as ‘Queen’s Wharf Brisbane’.

    Deputy Premier and State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Minister Jeff Seeney told State Parliament today the name reflects the significant role the precinct held as the entrance to the early colony of Brisbane.

    “We promised Queenslanders better infrastructure and planning and growth in the construction pillar of the Queensland economy, and that’s exactly what we’re delivering with this precinct,” Mr Seeney said.

    “The name ‘Queen’s Wharf’, according to the National Trust, harks back to 1825 when Lieutenant Henry Miller, a detachment of the 40th Regiment of Foot and their convict charges constructed a wharf on the northern bank of the Brisbane River, to be known later as ‘Queen’s Wharf’.

    “We have listened to community and industry feedback that highlighted the importance of the heritage area to the public and today’s name change gives the area a clear identity that, in years to come, will be internationally recognised.

    “It will reconnect Brisbane’s city centre to the river and its historic links at the William Street end of the city.”

    Mr Seeney said extensive public consultation undertaken earlier this year has resulted in a number of changes, not least a new Precinct Vision and Objectives, which have been released today on the project website.

    “There has been a lot of feedback with almost 2200 comments received during the consultation process,” he said.

    “People have been very focused on the new development delivering better public realm and heritage outcomes for the community.

    “The October announcement of the government’s intention to offer a casino licence for an integrated resort development in the Queen’s Wharf area, plus up to an additional two licences for the regions has sparked national and international interest.

    “Government officers have engaged with a broad range of international developers to canvass international interest and there are more than two interested parties.”

    Mr Seeney said the government’s efforts to get the process underway were on track with former Queensland Auditor-General Len Scanlan appointed as probity adviser and the Expression of Interest process will be announced before Christmas.

    “Queen’s Wharf will one day become nationally and internationally recognised as one of Brisbane’s icons,” he said.

    To view the Queen's Wharf Precinct Vision and Objectives, visit

    [ENDS] 21 November 2013

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