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    JOINT STATEMENT
    Acting Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Curtis Pitt
    Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines
    The Honourable Dr Anthony Lynham

    New jobs start flowing at Queen’s Wharf

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Acting Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Curtis Pitt

    Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines
    The Honourable Dr Anthony Lynham

    Thursday, December 22, 2016

    New jobs start flowing at Queen’s Wharf

    The awarding of the demolition tender for the Queen’s Wharf Brisbane project will generate what’s estimated to be the first 150 jobs with thousands more to come.

    Acting Premier Curtis Pitt said the three areas would be considered for declaration as associated development areas to assist in the construction of the transformational project.

    “This major project is estimated to generate around 2,000 jobs in its six-year development phase so the government needs to ensure it can proceed as smoothly as possible.”

     Mr Pitt said the Destination Brisbane Consortium had chosen Probuild as the successful demolition tenderer.

    He said Probuild would start work on 1 January 2017, with demolition and enabling works expected to take a year.

    Early works included:

    o        site hoarding

    o        demolition of non‑heritage buildings

    o        heritage maintenance, and

    o        service diversions.

    State Development Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said he was particularly pleased that DBC expected its contractors to support local jobs, local suppliers, local training and apprenticeships, Indigenous participation, and to enforce the highest level of health and safety.

    “The DBC has consistently stated its commitment to local content and local training and apprenticeships and has committed to ensuring its lead builder will meet the 10 per cent target,” he said.

    “Our government has committed to a 10 per cent training guarantee for projects such as Queen’s Wharf Brisbane,” he said.

    “The policy requires apprentices and trainees to carry out a minimum of one in 10 hours of work on the project.

    “For a project such as Queens Wharf, this means hundreds of jobs and training opportunities for the next generation of Queensland’s construction workforce.”

    The site will be secured from 1 January with demolition to follow of the non-heritage buildings, including former government buildings 80 George Street, 100 George Street, and the Neville Bonner Building.

    All heritage buildings within the precinct will remain protected for restoration and repurposed.

    Queen’s Wharf Brisbane opens in 2022.  It will deliver hotels, residential towers, and 50 food and beverage outlets: 

    • 12 football fields of enhanced public open space
    • a new pedestrian bridge from the CBD to South Bank
    • more than 8000 operational jobs. 

    Media inquiries:       

    Acting Premier and Treasurer’s Office 0447 316 432

    Minister Lynham’s Office 0439 341 314