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    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister for Training and Skills
    The Honourable Yvette D'Ath

    Jobs jackpot looms as Queen’s Wharf moves a step closer

    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister for Training and Skills
    The Honourable Yvette D'Ath

    Tuesday, April 19, 2016

    Jobs jackpot looms as Queen’s Wharf moves a step closer

    Queensland’s job-generating Queen’s Wharf development is another step closer after the Palaszczuk Government today passed vital new laws to secure the future of the $3 billion project.

    The Queensland Parliament today ratified the Palaszczuk government’s Brisbane Casino Agreement Amendment Bill 2016 and the Queen’s Wharf Brisbane Bill 2015.

    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath said the laws will support the implementation of the project as a world-class tourism facility that will reinvigorate the heart of Brisbane, as well as protect the city’s renowned landmarks during the construction phase.

    “These laws pave the way for the Queen’s Wharf development to jump out of the planning phase and start paying dividends by building jobs for Queenslanders,” Mrs D’Ath said.

    “We know this development will significantly stimulate the construction, tourism and hospitality sectors and open new markets and opportunities in this great state: It will create 2,000 construction jobs and 8,000 ongoing jobs once operational in 2022.

    “Queen’s Wharf will be a vibrant, new world city development designed to attract visitors and investment in Queensland.

    “Its design will celebrate our city’s unique heritage and deliver high-quality public spaces for public events and everyday use.”

    Mrs D’Ath said the amendments will allow the redevelopment of the current hotel and casino to be approved under the same development approval scheme as the Queen’s Wharf Brisbane project and will replace the existing Brisbane Casino Agreement.

    She said all Queenslanders could be assured that Brisbane’s iconic landmarks will continue to be protected under the new development regime.

    “The current casino and hotel site includes several of Queensland’s most historic landmarks such as the Treasury Building, Land Administration Building, Queens Park and the former State Library, known now as the John Oxley Library Building,” Mrs D’Ath said.

    “These legislative amendments will mean any redevelopment proposed for the repurposing of these locations, once the casino has been relocated, would require the approval of the Queensland Minister for Economic Development and will be in line with the Queen’s Wharf Brisbane Development Scheme.

    “Any development applications that relate to the current use of the Brisbane casino and hotel complex will continue to be assessed and approved under the existing approval process as provided for in the Brisbane Casino Agreement,” Mrs D’Ath said.

    “These amendments are an integral part of the QWB redevelopment and are consistent with our election commitment to create jobs and strengthen the economy.”

    For further information on the Queens Wharf Development visit http://www.destinationbrisbaneconsortium.com.au/ .

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