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    Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Paul Lucas

    Fresh Start for North Bank Redevelopment: Lucas

    Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Paul Lucas

    Wednesday, June 18, 2008

    Fresh Start for North Bank Redevelopment: Lucas

    The redevelopment of North Bank had a fresh start today with the opening of an independent workshop designed to help revitalise the neglected section of the river.

    Acting Premier and Minister for Infrastructure and Planning Paul Lucas said around 50 people from 30 organisations would take part in a three-day cooperative ‘enquiry-by-design’ to progress new North Bank proposals.

    Mr Lucas said although around 80% of the community supported some form of redevelopment, there were clearly concerns over previous designs.

    “This part of the river is an unsightly mess and the Bligh Government believes North Bank should be revitalised into community facilities, and commercial and public space,” Mr Lucas said.

    “Building the Riverside Expressway 30 years ago was an act of urban environmental vandalism up there with the bulldozing of Cloudland and the Bellevue Hotel.

    “And we’re determined to find a way we can give that section of the river back to the people.”

    Mr Lucas said the workshop brought together critics of previous designs, expert planners, engineers and environmentalists, government agencies, the National Trust, Brisbane City Council and the development industry.

    “We’re serious about this being an independent process,” Mr Lucas said.

    “Obviously any design will need to be environmentally and hydrologically appropriate. But other than a commitment to providing a development at no cost to taxpayers, this is very much a clean slate approach.

    “But we want to see what options the relevant experts can come up with.”

    Mr Lucas said the enquiry-by-design would run for three days with a further session next Wednesday where participants to finalise its design concepts.

    “A full report on the outcomes will be prepared and people will have a chance to have their say through further public consultation,” Mr Lucas said.

    “I make no apologies for wanting to get this right and ensure the public has confidence in the design.”

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    North Bank Enquiry by Design attendees

    • Bicycle Queensland
    • Brisbane City Council
    • Brisbane Development Association
    • Brisbane Marketing
    • Brookfield Multiplex
    • Business South Bank
    • Department of Infrastructure and Planning
    • Department of Premier and Cabinet
    • Engineering Heritage Australia
    • Main Roads
    • National Trust
    • Planning Institute of Australia (Qld)
    • Property Council of Australia (Qld)
    • Qld Parliamentary Service
    • Qld Performing Arts
    • Qld Tourism Industry Council
    • Qld Transport
    • Qld Treasury
    • Queensland University of Technology
    • Royal Historical Society
    • Royal Australian Institute of Architects
    • South Bank Corp
    • Spinal Injuries Association
    • TabCorp
    • Urban Development Institute of Australia
    • Ian Fairweather
    • Assoc Professor Peter Skinner
    A number of independent, local government, state government and Brookfield Multiplex technical experts will also be on hand to provide input into the process as needed.