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    Premier and Minister for Reconstruction
    The Honourable Anna Bligh


    Premier and Minister for Reconstruction
    The Honourable Anna Bligh

    Sunday, February 12, 2012


    Premier Anna Bligh has announced an inspiring new vision for the expansion of South Bank to make Brisbane the world’s most people-friendly river city.

    Ms Bligh said the government had spent six months planning an extended South Bank to form a 5km recreational river strip that runs from the Story Bridge to Hockings Street.

    “We have a vision that can make the Queensland capital one of the most people-friendly river cities in the world,” said the Premier.

    “Queensland is famous for quality of life and what better place to celebrate our lifestyle than in the centre of our capital city on the banks of the Brisbane River?

    “We are on the cusp of unprecedented prosperity in Queensland and our job is to guide private investment in ways that can benefit all Queenslanders.

    “The South Bank Corporation has done an outstanding job. They have shown that you can create world-class recreational areas for the public and use commercial and residential developments to offset the costs.

    “We don’t want to lose that expertise now the original South Bank is more or less finished.

    “Just like the original South Bank this next stage will evolve over a 15 to 20 year period as the area of the entire precinct expands by 27 hectares - from 42 hectares to 69 hectares.”

    Premier Bligh said the vision for the South Bank expansion includes:

    • South Bank Corporation to become responsible for the area along the river stretching from the Goodwill Bridge to Hockings Street.
    • New riverfront parklands to be established, to include expanded green space, a Olympic sized pool and aquatic play area, picnic and BBQ areas in addition to art spaces, markets and a retail and dining precinct.
    • Hope Street and Montague Road to become vibrant destinations, similar to James Street (Fortitude Valley) and Little Stanley Street (South Brisbane).
    • A major new cultural institution to be built, possibly a national Indigenous museum.
    • New commercial and residential buildings to offset the costs of new public infrastructure.
    • Queensland Government to acquire land currently owned by industry.

    “Through World Expo 88 and its great legacy, South Bank transformed Brisbane from a big country town into a vibrant capital city,” said the Premier.

    “Now we want to deliver a major expansion, creating new parkland and public spaces stretching upstream around the Brisbane River.”

    The Premier said the Government expected existing industry in the area to relocate to more suitable sites.

    “We will work with Parmalat, the largest landowner in the area, to seek to acquire their land to deliver a significant expansion of riverside parkland and places for public recreation,” said the Premier.

    “We expect these new facilities and parklands can be delivered at no cost to taxpayers because they will be offset through the redevelopment potential of the landholdings in much the same way that the original Southbank was developed.”

    The Premier said that GOMA and the Queensland Art Gallery would become the geographical and cultural centre of a river playground unique in the world.

    “In no other inner city precinct can you swim at a beach, eat at great restaurants, see the world’s best artworks and soak up river breezes and vistas all within a short stroll in a vehicle-free area,” she said.

    “There are so many options for how this space could be used. High priority would be given to glorious green space but other new facilities could include a riverside pool and aquatic play area.

    “Given the importance of Kurilpa Point to Brisbane’s traditional owners, a new cultural institution highlighting Indigenous culture could be developed.

    “And areas in need of revitalisation like Montague Road and Hope Street could be transformed into vibrant urban areas like Little Stanley Street or James Street with creative spaces and markets complemented by residential, office and retail development.”


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