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

    BRISBANE’S NEWEST PARKLAND BENCHMARK FOR FUTURE DEVELOPMENT

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

    Sunday, July 13, 2008

    BRISBANE’S NEWEST PARKLAND BENCHMARK FOR FUTURE DEVELOPMENT

    The State Government today unveiled Brisbane’s newest park, which has transformed industrial land at Hamilton into riverfront parkland and returned it to the public for the first time in decades.

    Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure and Planning Paul Lucas, and Minister for Transport John Mickel today officially opened the Northshore Riverside Park at Hamilton.

    “This integrated development is a sign of things to come,” Mr Lucas said.

    “For decades past this area was prime port land; now it has been turned into a resource the whole community can access and enjoy for the next century.

    “The Port of Brisbane has for many years experienced massive growth, in line with the increase in new businesses and families choosing to call South East Queensland home.

    “In 1988, the Port of Brisbane Corporation decided to move port operations out of the Hamilton area downriver to Fisherman Islands, where there is deeper water and room to grow. Since that time, port operations have been progressively moved out, and last year work began on the urban-renewal of the area.

    “As you can see, this decision has been of huge benefit to the people of Brisbane.

    “Not only has there been reduced shipping traffic in the river, but it has meant that all this land is now available to create new housing and public facilities, such as this park and café.”

    Mr Lucas said the 2.5 hectare park included an outdoor performance area, barbecue and picnic areas, a playground, and the Hamilton Port History Walk, and that the public could cycle or walk along the entire 200 metres of riverfront.

    “Not only does this great park showcase the future of urban redevelopment, but it’s a great place for mums and dads to bring the kids and enjoy the great Queensland climate.”

    Mr Lucas said the park and cafe featured a range of special ecologically sustainable development initiatives, including:

    • Water-sensitive flora in specially designed drought-tolerant gardens
    • A natural foreshore using existing river sand
    • A mangrove plantation
    • Reuse of original port wharf timbers, which form part of the seating located around the parkland
    • A plantation of fig trees from the original port landscape
    • Reuse of rock from the original river wall constructed to create the old port area

    Mr Mickel said work on the park started in August last year.

    “Before work started here, the area we’re standing on was a wharf,” Mr Mickel said.

    “People want the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, and this park just 6km from the heart of the city is a great example of what we can achieve.

    “Already the Brisbane community is recognising the potential of this park, with up to 8,000 people expected to attend the Brisbane Riverfestival’s Symphony on the Shore here next month.”

    Mr Mickel thanked the Northshore Development Group, a division of the Port of Brisbane Corporation, on the delivery of the parkland and cafe, which has set a benchmark for future development in the area, recognising the commitment to lifestyle and environmental standards.

    Mr Lucas said the Urban Land Development Authority was continuing with the master planning process for the 304ha Northshore Hamilton urban development area.

    “When complete, Northshore Hamilton will be home to around 20,000 people and accommodate 3,000 workers,” Mr Lucas said.

    “Developing this land in a consolidated way means that, as well as providing residential and commercial buildings, we can also provide great public spaces like this park.”

    Media inquiries: Robert Hoge 0419 757 868