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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk
    Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines
    The Honourable Dr Anthony Lynham

    Queen’s statue is moving to make way for Queen’s Wharf development

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

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

    Sunday, April 17, 2016

    Queen’s statue is moving to make way for Queen’s Wharf development

    A life-size statue of Her Majesty The Queen will find a new permanent home at Government House, where she can continue to look out over the city, at Bardon.

    Confirmation of the move comes ahead of the Queen’s 90th birthday this week.

    The statue is acknowledged as a remarkable likeness of the Queen when she was in her 50s.

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said she wished the Queen many happy returns for her birthday. She has enjoyed a remarkable life.

    “Over successive generations, the Queen has been an inspiration for so many Australians who admire and hold her in such high regard.

    “The statue is an important tribute to the Queen and her service and we have ensured people will have the opportunity to continue to view it,” the Premier said.

    However, the bronze sculpture will be relocated next month from Queen’s Place, opposite Parliament House ahead of the $3 billion Queen’s Wharf Project.

    “The Governor, His Excellency, the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, asked for the statue to move to Government House where is will be in place for Queensland Day celebrations in early June.

    “Being at Government House- the State’s vice-regal residence – will ensure the Queen’s statue will be viewed by the public on open days and tours and at official functions.

    “As a courtesy, both the Governor General and Buckingham Palace have been informed of the move and relocation.

    “A rededication ceremony will be held once the statue is in place at Government House where the Queen has stayed twice, in 1954 and 1977.”Ms Palaszczuk said.

    Minister for State Development, Dr Anthony Lynham said for the last 30 years the Queen’s Statue has looked out over Queen’s Place, on the site of the historic Bellevue Hotel which was demolished, despite great public outcry on the 20th of April 1979.

    Dr Lynham said negotiations are on-going about the relocation of other important memorials in the area of the big job generating, Queen’s Wharf development.

    The statue, by Dr John Dowie AM, is one of only two statues of the Queen in Brisbane and the only one in the world where she is holding an evening purse.

    The other Dr John Dowie statue of Queens Elizabeth 2nd is at Parliament House in Canberra.

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