Queen's Wharf Brisbane Priority Development Area (PDA)
What is a Priority Development Area (PDA)?
Queen's Wharf Brisbane was declared a Priority Development Area (PDA) by the Minister for Economic Development Queensland (MEDQ) on 28 November 2014.
Declaring a PDA facilitates the planning and delivery of the Queen's Wharf Brisbane Integrated Resort Development and establishes the necessary policy environment to support the intended development outcome for the site.
A Plan of Development (PoD) typically accompanies an application for a Material Change of Use and deals with any proposed use, and any associated Building Work or Operational Work. A PoD is prepared by an applicant and may include maps, graphics and text that collectively demonstrate how proposed uses and works will contribute towards the achievement of the Priority Development Area (PDA) vision which is stated in the Queen's Wharf Brisbane PDA development scheme.
A PoD is required to be consistent with the relevant PDA vision, structural elements and relevant PDA-wide criteria, and indicates the location and function of temporary and permanent uses and structures and how these uses and structures will relate to each other. A PoD also demonstrates impacts and connections to areas adjoining the subject land.
Who is delivering the PoD?
On Monday 16 November 2015 the Queensland Government reached contractual close with the Destination Brisbane Consortium (DBC)—The Star Entertainment Group (formerly Echo Entertainment Group), Far East Consortium (Australia) and Chow Tai Fook Enterprises—to deliver the $3 billion Queen's Wharf Brisbane Integrated Resort Development.
As part of the development assessment process, DBC has now prepared and submitted to Economic Development Queensland (EDQ) a development application containing a PoD, which covers the majority of the Queen's Wharf Brisbane Priority Development Area (PDA). EDQ will undertake an assessment of the development application, required public notification of the development application and then, after consideration of submissions and all other relevant material, issue a decision on the proposal.
Where a PoD is approved, all conditions of approval must be complied with in order to carry out works or materially change uses onsite. Schedule 1 of the QWB PDA development scheme identifies that all aspects of development are exempt where consistent with an approved PoD. However some aspects of detailed design may be required to be submitted to EDQ at a later date for compliance endorsement against the conditions of approval and approved documents.
Why did Destination Brisbane Consortium submit a PoD application to Economic Development Queensland?
Queen's Wharf Brisbane was declared a Priority Development Area (PDA) by the Minister for Economic Development Queensland (MEDQ) on 28 November 2014. As a result, development within the PDA is administered by Economic Development Queensland (EDQ), and assessed through the legislative framework established under the Economic Development Act 2012.
The development application containing the PoD will be independently assessed by EDQ in accordance with the Economic Development Act 2012, against the Queen's Wharf Brisbane PDA development scheme, the Queen's Wharf Brisbane PDA public realm and movement network planning and design guideline and any other relevant documents and guidelines called up in the development scheme.
On 12 March 2017 the Minister for Economic Development Queensland decided to declare three areas for PDA-associated development. This allows these proposed developments to be dealt with under the ED Act in a similar way to development within the PDA. Find further information on the three declarations for Queen's Wharf Brisbane.
What are the associated timeframes around the Queen's Wharf Brisbane Plan of Development?
There are several stages that need to be completed by both the Destination Brisbane Consortium (DBC) and the state as part of the Plan of Development (PoD) application. This includes:
On 15 May 2017 DBC lodged the PoD application with Economic Development Queensland (EDQ).
On 30 May 2017 the PoD application was determined to be properly made by EDQ.
Subsequent to submission of the PoD, EDQ made a formal Information Request to DBC on 27 June 2017 seeking further information on the application in several key areas. As a result, further information was provided by DBC to EDQ on 24 August 2017.
On 1 September 2017 EDQ advised DBC that the Minister for Economic Development Queensland (MEDQ) was satisfied that the Information Request had been complied with and that notice of the Priority Development Area development application must now commence.
From 6 September to 19 October 2017 public notification was undertaken for the development application.
EDQ completed a review of all submissions received and considered the matters raised.
EDQ had 40 business days to decide the application from the conclusion of public notification.
On 21 December 2017, the decision for the PoD development application was made by the Minister for Economic Development Queensland (MEDQ) and published on the EDQ website. The decision is available for viewing on the EDQ website by searching DEV2017/846.
How can I provide a formal submission on the PoD application?
The formal submission period was undertaken for 30 business days from 6 September 2017 to 19 October 2017 and is now closed.
During the submission period, interested parties and members of the public were invited to make written submissions to Economic Development Queensland (EDQ) in response to the Queen’s Wharf Brisbane Plan of Development (PoD) application.
I've made a submission – now what?
Economic Development Queensland (EDQ) has confirmed receipt of all submissions and considered the matters raised in each submission, as well as all other relevant material, in issuing the decision on the proposal.
The decision is now available on the on the EDQ website by searching DEV2017/846.
Whole of project
Who is the Destination Brisbane Consortium?
Queen's Wharf Brisbane is being delivered by Destination Brisbane Consortium—a joint venture between The Star Entertainment Group (formerly Echo Entertainment Group), Far East Consortium (Australia) and Chow Tai Fook Enterprises. Destination Brisbane Consortium is the contractor responsible for delivering this world-class tourism, leisure and entertainment precinct in the heart of the Brisbane CBD.
Queen's Wharf Brisbane is a $3 billion project for Queensland. The multi-billion dollar investment will provide massive economic development opportunities for Queensland.
How many jobs will be created?
Queen's Wharf Brisbane will create more than 2000 jobs during the peak construction period and 8000 ongoing jobs when operational.
How can I be a part of Queen's Wharf Brisbane?
Queen's Wharf Brisbane is a five to seven year demolition and construction project providing around 2000 new jobs followed by a subsequent long term operational period for around 8000 employees.
The Department of State Development along with the Destination Brisbane Consortium will continue to engage and provide information to businesses and the community as the Consortium refines their delivery strategy.
What are the project benefits?
Queen's Wharf Brisbane provides the state with:
a $3 billion Integrated Resort Development
with flow-on effects, the final net increase in jobs will be around 11,500
more than 12 football fields of redeveloped and enhanced public realm
a new pedestrian bridge to South Bank
around 50 food and beverage outlets
new retail precincts
more than 1000 premier hotel rooms
approximately 2000 apartments.
Furthermore, the Destination Brisbane Consortium's value offering to the state government will include:
delivery of Australia's best $3 billion dollar Integrated Resort Development
staged payments to the state government of $272 million
guaranteed casino taxes for the first 10 years of the casino operations of approximately $880 million.
What are the benefits to business?
During Queen's Wharf Brisbane's construction phase (approximately 2017 to 2024) the Queensland Investment Corporation (QIC) believes that a large number of other professions will benefit from the project including the retail trade, education, health, community services, wholesale, tourism, hospitality and professional services (e.g. architectural, engineering, technical, legal, accounting, advertising, management and consulting).
What will the government do with payments received?
The Queensland Government will use revenue received to pay down state debt and the normal allocations of government.
What other opportunities is The Star Entertainment Group providing Queensland?
A master plan concept has been created for The Star Gold Coast to provide future potential development options at the iconic Broadbeach landmark. The proposed master plan includes up to five new towers on Broadbeach Island. These would complement the existing resort, and the new six star all-suite luxury hotel tower which is under construction and due to open in time for the Commonwealth Games. The first new tower within the master plan was approved in December 2016 and is expected to start early works in late 2017. Its construction will then ramp up after the April 2018 Commonwealth Games. The future master plan is designed to complement Queen's Wharf and provide an integrated tourism investment in South East Queensland.
The Star Entertainment Group has announced that its head office will be expanded and relocated to Queensland increasing job opportunities for Queensland.
Was there ever a theatre proposed in the Queen's Wharf Brisbane precinct?
There was an option in the Destination Brisbane Consortium bid for a theatre at QPAC. That option was not taken up. The proposal did not include a financial commitment to fund the ongoing operations of the theatre. The state also deemed that a private operator could impact on the profitability of QPAC, located across the Brisbane River, due to the competition and the private operators' programming.
The Queensland Government, through Arts Queensland, has embarked on a business case for a new theatre to ensure the state gets the best possible value-for-money outcome for Queensland. Destination Brisbane Consortium contributed $250K towards a feasibility study on the development/location of a new theatre.
Heritage and Public Space
What is happening to the heritage buildings and places?
No heritage building in the precinct is being demolished. All heritage buildings and places will be retained, revitalised and reactivated helping to bring the new precinct to life and creating greater access to the community to these wonderful spaces.
When the Integrated Resort Development is operational, the heritage buildings and places will feature strongly within the development through their conversion into cultural, retail, dining, hotel entertainment and tourism spaces.
The beautiful heritage properties will be revitalised and reactivated, helping bring the new precinct to life as a unique and vibrant development with a blend of historic and contemporary architecture.
Is Queens Gardens (between George, Elizabeth and William Streets) closed?
While the Queen's Wharf Brisbane Integrated Resort Development commenced construction activities in January 2017, changes to Queens Gardens will not occur until approximately 2022 to 2024 when the existing Treasury Casino will be converted into a high end retail space and works on the retail link under Queens Gardens commences.
Will the Destination Brisbane Consortium be responsible for maintaining and improving the heritage buildings?
The Destination Brisbane Consortium will be responsible for maintaining and improving the precinct's heritage buildings and places.
The Star Entertainment Group has a positive reputation for preserving and enhancing some of Brisbane's most prestigious heritage buildings and taking stewardship of the Treasury Casino and Hotel over 20 years ago, they have invested more than $55 million to restore and repurpose them for public use.
Extensive monitoring and protection has been applied to heritage buildings within the precinct including the protective bracing of the former DPI building and Harris Terrace. The bracing protects these buildings which have some dilapidation from further damage during demolition and construction. Motion monitoring has been fitted to heritage buildings throughout the precinct to ensure the slightest movement is detected and assessed.
How does the state ensure that the Destination Brisbane Consortium is preserving the heritage aspects of the precinct?
The Destination Brisbane Consortium will prepare Conservation Management Plans (CMP) for all twelve heritage buildings and places in the Queen's Wharf Brisbane precinct which includes Miller Park, Queens Gardens and the William Street-Queens Wharf Road retaining wall.
The CMPs will be prepared in accordance with the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection guidelines for preparing management plans and focus strongly on the conservation of heritage values in accordance with Burra Charter principles. The reports advocate the ongoing use of the buildings, and provide guidance for their adaptive reuse with consideration of how to best conserve and enhance the significant elements of each place.
What public space will be provided in the precinct?
The Destination Brisbane Consortium will deliver more than 12 football fields of enhanced public space, streetscapes and a new pedestrian bridge to South Bank. This includes improved access to the eleven heritage buildings and places located in the precinct, new parks, waterfront spaces and plazas as well as connect with existing city assets including the Botanic Gardens, South Bank, the Cultural Precinct and the Queen Street Mall.
Which public realm area within the precinct will be enhanced and revitalised first?
The area proposed to be developed first is located between 1 William Street and the Goodwill Bridge. This will include a new Mangrove Walk and an improved bikeway as well as Waterline Park that sits behind 1 William Street.
Mangrove Walk will include interpretative heritage and integrated story-telling elements that will also provide an alternative path from the Botanic Gardens to Queen's Wharf Plaza and Queens Wharf Road. It will feature:
an Indigenous message trail
an exploratory trail with educational installations and interpretive signage
a series of landings and lookouts with shaded seating nooks to enjoy the view
a boat-shed cafe with views up and down the Brisbane River.
It will also provide a launching facility for small non-motorised crafts such as kayaks and canoes.
How does the Queen's Wharf Brisbane planning regime protect heritage buildings and places?
The Queen's Wharf Brisbane Development Scheme puts a significant focus on heritage buildings and places. The twelve heritage buildings and places will be restored and repurposed for future generations to enjoy. The heritage aspect of the development will proudly sit alongside contemporary new architecture, and help showcase Brisbane's history.
Destination Brisbane Consortium's Integrated Resort Development will go through an independent development assessment process. The process will be managed by Economic Development Queensland (EDQ), as the development sits within the Queen's Wharf Brisbane Priority Development Area (PDA).
EDQ will assess Destination Brisbane Consortium's development application in accordance with the Economic Development Act 2012, against the Queen's Wharf Brisbane PDA Development Scheme, the Queen's Wharf Brisbane PDA public realm and movement network planning and design guideline and any other relevant documents and guidelines called up in the development scheme. EDQ will consult with the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection and the Queensland Heritage Council on all significant heritage matters through the process.
Does Queen's Wharf Brisbane mean a second casino will be opened in Brisbane?
No, Brisbane's existing Treasury Casino will close and be replaced by a new purpose built facility expected to open in 2022.
What is the state government's cap for gaming machines?
There is a cap on gaming machines for both clubs and pubs in Queensland. Separately each casino operating in Queensland has state government approval to operate a defined number of gaming machines.
Will there be additional Electronic Gaming Machines (poker machines) in the precinct?
The Queen's Wharf Brisbane casino operator will have an entitlement to 2500 gaming machines, although not all machines may be installed at opening. It is the Queen's Wharf Brisbane casino operator who will decide how many machines are operating at the casino opening and during operations. This is a commercial decision for The Star Entertainment Group.
Is there a limit of table numbers available in the Queen's Wharf Brisbane precinct?
The number of table games operated at the casino will be determined by the Queen's Wharf Brisbane casino operator. Although the number of tables are constrained by the amount of gaming floor area approved by the Gaming Regulator.
How does the Queen's Wharf Brisbane Integrated Resort Development compare to other Australian operations?
The casino gaming floor will be less than 5% of the overall development and is comparable to other Integrated Resort Developments in Australia and globally. The casino size and format will enable Queensland to compete effectively with similar developments across the region.
How does the government ensure responsible gambling?
The Queensland Government has a strong commitment to responsible gambling and to minimise the harmful impacts of problem gambling. Queensland Responsible Gambling Advisory Committee provides advice to the government responsible for gambling on emerging social concerns associated with gambling in Queensland. The Queensland Government is also an active member of Gambling Research Australia (GRA) which is a partnership between the Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments to initiate and manage a national gambling research program.
A Queensland Responsible Gambling Code of Practice is also in place which represents a voluntary, whole-of-industry commitment to best practice in the provision of responsible gambling.
Has the Government conducted a cost analysis of expected revenue versus total costs of social impacts of gambling?
As the casino licence contains confidential information that is commercially sensitive to the casino licensee, the Community Impact Statement is not made publically available. In assessing the potential social and economic impacts of the Queen's Wharf Brisbane Integrated Resort Development (IRD), of which the casino is a part, a rigorous process was undertaken as part of the casino licence bid. This process required the proponents to submit information demonstrating, amongst other things, their commitment to responsible gambling and minimising harm from gambling.
Additionally, the government is considering a Longitudinal Benefits Realisation framework that will monitor and capitalise on the economic benefits and opportunities, and identify impacts, of Queen's Wharf Brisbane over the life of both its delivery and operations.
Over what part of the precinct will the state government issue a 24/7 liquor licence?
The exact area subject to the 24/7 commercial special facility liquor licence to be granted under the Liquor Act 1992 will be finalised closer to the opening date. The area will be agreed between the state government (Commissioner for Liquor and Gaming) and the Licensee and will be within the core Integrated Resort Development area and will not extend to the whole precinct.
What were the recent legislative changes and how do they relate to the PoD application?
On Tuesday 19 April 2016 the Queensland Parliament passed the Brisbane Casino Agreement Amendment Act 2016 and the Queen's Wharf Brisbane Act 2016. The Brisbane Casino Agreement Amendment Act 2016 allows the redevelopment of the existing Treasury Casino and Hotel to be approved under the same planning regime as the entire Queen's Wharf Brisbane project. The Queen's Wharf Brisbane Act 2016 provides for ratification of the Queen's Wharf Brisbane casino licence and provides a framework to support the implementation of Queen's Wharf Brisbane as a world-class tourism facility as well as protection of the city's renowned landmarks during the construction phase.
When will construction commence?
Destination Brisbane Consortium commenced early construction works onsite in January 2017 in accordance with a development permit granted by Economic Development Queensland (EDQ) on 19 December 2016 (EDQ reference: DEV2016/816).
When will construction finish?
The Integrated Resort Development is anticipated to open in 2022 including hotels and all public realm areas. When it opens, Brisbane's existing Treasury Casino will be replaced with a new facility at the new Queen's Wharf Brisbane development.
In approximately 2022 the conversion of the Treasury building and beneath Queens Gardens to create a retail zone that links Queen Street Mall to the heart of the precinct will commence. The anticipated opening of the repurposed Treasury building is 2024.
What are the other project related activities?
2017 - Vacant possession of the Queen's Wharf Brisbane precinct will be granted to the Destination Brisbane Consortium and decommissioning and demolition of non-heritage buildings commence.
2019/2020 - Above-ground infrastructure core development area and structure to take shape.
2021 - Internal fit out commences.
2022 - Expected opening of the core Integrated Resort Development.
2024 - Anticipated completion of the repurposed Treasury Building.
How tall are the buildings in the precinct?
All buildings within the precinct will comply with planning requirements and the Civil Aviation Safety Authority's height restrictions for the Brisbane CBD which is approximately 274 metres.
How are you honouring the legacy of the late Senator Neville Bonner AO due to the demolition of the Neville Boner Building?
On Friday 12 August 2016 the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships (DATSIP) hosted a cultural closure event of the Neville Bonner Building. At the cultural closure event, attended by Senator Neville Bonner's sole surviving son Alfred ‘Tiny’ Bonner, other Bonner family members and representatives of the Indigenous community, the Minister for State Development Dr Anthony Lynham MP announced the naming of The Neville Bonner Bridge.
The Neville Bonner Bridge is a pedestrian bridge linking both sides of the Brisbane River forming a greater connection between the popular South Bank and Cultural Arts precinct to Queen's Wharf Brisbane.
DATSIP and the Department of State Development are also moving artwork that was located in the Neville Bonner Building to 1 William Street and QPAC. The Neville Bonner “bust”—a larger-than-life bronze sculpture—is now on display at Queensland's Parliament House until it's relocated to the Queen's Wharf Brisbane precinct when construction activities are completed.
Traffic and transport
Have the transport impacts been considered?
The state has been working with Brisbane City Council (BCC) and the Department of Transport and Main Roads (DTMR) on traffic and transport solutions to minimise disruptions to the CBD and ensure that visitors are aware of any construction impacts in advance.
As part of the Plan of Development (PoD) application, the Destination Brisbane Consortium's has submitted a Traffic Engineering Report (TER) to Economic Development Queensland for approval as part of the PoD, which will then be followed by Traffic Management Plans (TMPs) for each different construction and operational phase.
Which streets will be closed?
On 1 January 2017 William Street (between Elizabeth Street and Margaret Street) was closed and will be closed for the duration of construction which is for approximately six years. Along with this, Queen's Wharf Road was closed permanently. These road closures allow the safe demolition of the three non-heritage buildings and mitigate potential impacts to pedestrian and traffic.
The Destination Brisbane Consortium will be controlling and managing the changes, as they will primarily be responsible for executing those changes.
How will I be advised of the traffic and transport changes?
Traffic and travel changes (e.g. congestion, hazards, road works, etc) will be publicly notified QLDTraffic facilitating a single point of contact for road users.
On Monday 12 December 2016, there were changes to some bus services across Brisbane and surrounding areas. CBD buses changed due to road closures for the Queen's Wharf Brisbane Integrated Resort Development. The closure of William Street and Queens Wharf Road mean some buses driving through the CBD are now traveling a different route and using different bus stops.
What pedestrian and traffic management changes have been implemented to facilitate safety?
The Department of State Development formed a Traffic and Transport Working Group (TTWG) consisting of the Department of Transport and Main Roads, Brisbane City Council, Destination Brisbane Consortium and independent expert advisors to consider traffic and transport impacts during the various stages of the Queen’s Wharf Brisbane Integrated Resort Development.
The TTWG is responsible for considering the entire CBD transport network when making decisions relating to the project.
Changes that have occurred include:
upgrades to a number of CBD intersections from mid to late 2016 to minimise congestion and facilitate the closure of William Street and Queens Wharf Road during construction.
upgrades to the intersection of William and Elizabeth Streets to allow vehicles to safety exit the Treasury car park from William Street and to enhance pedestrian safety.
a scrambled pedestrian crossing was introduced on the corner of George Street and Margaret Streets to enhance pedestrian safety.
crossing improvements on the William/Margaret Street intersection were made to manage a vast number of pedestrians and ensure both pedestrian and vehicular safety.
changes made to the Elizabeth Street off-ramp so that buses can efficiently access both the Queen Street Bus Station and King George Street Bus Station.
What are the impacts to cyclists using the Bicentennial Bikeway?
The Bicentennial Bikeway, under the Riverside Expressway, is used by a large number of cyclists and pedestrians. In 2016 the Destination Brisbane Consortium (DBC) conducted cycle and pedestrian counts for the number of users along the path to gauge the peak and non-peak times. DBC has submitted a concept design for the Bicentennial Bikeway to Economic Development Queensland for assessment.
The Bicentennial Bikeway will remain open during the demolition phase. However, DBC and its contractors will maintain the function of the bikeway during the construction period, facilitating for safe construction activities near or across the bikeway.
When upgrades are being made to the bikeway the route for cyclists and pedestrians may change or be diverted depending on construction works throughout the six-year build. These changes will likely occur between the Goodwill Bridge and the rear of 1 William Street and may commence as early as late 2017. Cyclists will be notified through extensive signage and traffic controllers will assist with the safe management of these spaces when necessary.
Queen's Wharf Brisbane will provide high quality end of trip facilities for staff, residents and visitors to the precinct.
Are you closing or removing the Riverside Expressway or any of its off-ramps?
There are no permanent closures to the Riverside Expressway or any of its on or off ramps. For limited periods of time, temporary lane closures will be required to safely construct the Riverview Plaza and The Neville Bonner Bridge. These works will be conducted outside peak periods in accordance with existing works and maintenance practices for this vital piece of transport infrastructure.
The Destination Brisbane Consortium will work with the state on the best possible solution to build Riverview Plaza and the new pedestrian bridge over the Riverside Expressway to minimise impact to commuters.
What type of engagement activities have been undertaken by the state?
Since the project's inception in 2012, the Queen's Wharf Brisbane project team has continued to engage with a wide range of stakeholders, keeping them informed of the project, its timelines and to provide specific information when requested. A list of the engagement activities is available to view.
Is the state engaging with the Indigenous community?
The Department of State Development (DSD) along with the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships (DATSIP) is continuing to engage with the Neville Bonner family representatives. DATSIP, DSD and Destination Brisbane Consortium are also engaging with the Traditional Owners, Queensland Elders and Indigenous community on the project.
Will Destination Brisbane Consortium engage with the community?
Destination Brisbane Consortium is already successfully engaging with industry and the community and will continue to do so throughout the project.
What if I still have questions about the Queen's Wharf Brisbane Integrated Resort Development?
Members of the public, in the first instance, should visit the state's website for updates on the project. You can also find out more about Queen's Wharf Brisbane by visiting the Destination Brisbane Consortium website www.queenswharfbrisbane.com.au