Starting January 1, certain streets in inner-city Brisbane will be closed for six years to pave way for a casino and resort complex worth $3 billion. The street in question is William Street and the location of the resort is between William and George streets.
In 2015, Destination Brisbane Consortium, which comprises Star Entertainment and certain venture partners, won the right to construct a huge entertainment complex close to William Street. As a part of this construction, the State Public Works and Executive Building and Neville Bonner building will be demolished sometime in 2017. However, the heritage buildings in George and William streets will be preserved.
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The resort complex will be called Queens Wharf development and pays homage to the first penal colony in Brisbane. This colony was established in 1825 on Queens Wharf Road along Brisbane River. The Consortium got the idea to name the project Queens Wharf Brisbane after Fairfax Media published several articles in 2013 to educate readers about how the city came into existence.
It is believed that the development will take about six years to complete and during that time Queens Wharf Road, which runs along Brisbane River. However, the adjacent Bicentennial Bikeway will remain open during this period.
The project will see construction of a new casino and resort along with three hotels, boardwalks, retail areas, and several eateries along the riverside. There will also be a bridge spanning the Brisbane River, and this bridge will be called Neville Bonner Bridge in honor of the Queenslander who became the country’s first indigenous parliamentarian.
Simon Crooks, project director, thanks to the denizens of Brisbane for their patience and cooperation as the project will lead to road changes. Mr. Crooks stated that they would be working with Brisbane City Council as well as the state government and TransLink to ensure pedestrians, cyclists and motorists were not inconvenienced during the construction period.