13 Nov 2019

Victorian company to build Brisbane's casino bridge

The Melbourne company that built a bridge across the Yarra to honour an AFL legend will build a bridge across the Brisbane River honouring Australia's first Indigenous parliamentarian.

Victorian company Fitzgerald Constructions built Melbourne’s Jim Stynes Bridge, honouring the late Brownlow Medal-winning medallist, and the Seafarers Bridge upstream along the Yarra.

It also built a bridge to the Queen's Wharf casino stablemate, the Star, on the Gold Coast.

The Neville Bonner Bridge is part of the $3.6 billion Queen's Wharf casino development and included in the budget.

Mr Bonner was a Queensland federal MP, Australia’s first Aboriginal parliamentarian and 1979’s Australian of the Year.

The Queen's Wharf casino and hotel development is being built by the Destination Brisbane Consortium.

In July, Queensland Tourism Minister Kate Jones said the bridge would cost "in the vicinity of $100 million" but that price would be paid by the Destination Brisbane Consortium, not taxpayers.

Work will begin at South Bank between the Wheel of Brisbane and the river’s edge about March 2020 and finish in 2022. Several of the riverside trees will be removed.

Queen's Wharf project director Simon Crooks said the bridge would span the Brisbane River and connect the casino and hotel resort with South Bank.

It will be the newest pedestrian bridge over the Brisbane River in 10 years.

Mr Bonner, from Ipswich, was a conservative Queensland senator from 1971 until 1983 and died in 1999.

The Queen’s Wharf Brisbane development is being delivered by a joint venture led by The Star Entertainment Group and Hong Kong-based partners Chow Tai Fook Enterprises and Far East Consortium.

Queen’s Wharf Brisbane includes four luxury hotels, more than 50 bars and restaurants and 2000 residential apartments between William Street and George Street.

Fifth and sixth apartment towers have been approved for the site, offering 1360 apartments, but the construction timing has not been confirmed.

The internal fit-out of the hotels and casino will begin in 2021 and into 2022.

In 2023, the Star Group will leave the Treasury Casino in the Queen Street Mall and the Lands Administration Building in George Street.

SOURCE ; https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/queensland/victorian-company-to-build-brisbane-s-casino-bridge-20191022-p5337q.html

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