A new $150 million theatre to be built on the heritage-listed cultural precinct at South Bank will be funded in part by the Queensland government.
The Labor government will allocate $125 million in the Queensland budget and the Queensland Performing Arts Centre will contribute the remaining $25 million for the 1500-1700-seat theatre, which will be built on the Playhouse Green site.
The addition of the proposed venue would make QPAC the largest performing arts space in Australia.
The Queensland Premier said the new venue would support the state’s four home companies – Queensland Ballet, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Opera Queensland and Queensland Theatre – by providing access across five QPAC venues.
“Building a new theatre is a must to ensure we can keep attracting even more big shows and more visitors to our capital city,” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.
“A national design competition would be undertaken to deliver an outstanding architectural solution for the new theatre.”
The new theatre has been scheduled for completion in 2022 and would represent the largest investment in the arts since the Gallery of Modern Art was completed in 2006.
The state opposition has criticised the announcement, instead getting behind a market-led proposal by Sydney-based Foundation Theatres.
The proposed $100 million theatre on the old State Library site adjacent to Queen’s Wharf which would have required $25 million in taxpayer funds.
“The LNP has been calling for a new theatre for the last three years,” Dr Rowan said.
“It’s staggering that taxpayers are going to fork out for this theatre when a privately-funded proposal has already been lodged.”
On the weekend the Premier insisted that proposal was “still in play”.
“If they still want to pursue that they can,” Palaszczuk said.
Deputy Premier Jackie Trad said the new theatre would be a wonderful addition to the Queensland Cultural Centre that last year saw 6.5 million visitors.
“The new theatre will further enhance visitor attraction to the Centre, and with the growth of our local companies, we want as many visitors and tourists to experience our local artists and performing arts product as possible,” Trad said.
“QPAC schedules over 1000 performances annually and saw 1.3 million people through its doors in 2017.
“Its current theatres are nearing capacity, however with the addition of this new theatre QPAC would become Australia’s largest performing arts centre with the potential to welcome an additional 300,000 visitors each year when fully operational from 2022.”
Brisbane Metro to Reshape Adelaide Street
Brisbane City Council has released its plan to transform one of the cities vital public transport corridors into a new transit boulevard, including an underground tunnel entry for Brisbane Metro.
Adelaide Street in Brisbane’s CBD will now be transformed in order to declutter the existing infrastructure and provide a revised vision for a walkable, tree-lined boulevard, weaving together retail and key civic spaces with world-class public transport access.
The recently released Draft Adelaide Street Vision has outlined council’s plan to adapt the century-old transit corridor to meet changing community needs.
Visitation to Brisbane is marked to increase by around 30 per cent by 2020, and infrastructure to support and service the high-frequency Metro vehicles will be an initial focus.
The $944 million Brisbane Metro is a key driver for the new direction, with the project delivering a new tunnel under Adelaide Street to link North Quay to the King George Square Bus Station.
Pedestrian movement will also be prioritised with widened footpaths, build-outs and improved street crossings.
Clark Lane will also be activated with the addition of an adjoining pocket park with an outdoor gallery and creative lighting as well as enhancements to Hutton Lane to improve connectivity to Central Station.
Lord mayor Adrian Schrinner said the Draft Adelaide Street Vision outlined Council’s plan to adapt Adelaide Street to increase safety and transport accessibility.
“As our city experiences increased pedestrian and public transport activity, we want to transform this corridor into a world-class transit boulevard,” lord mayor Adrian Schrinner said.
“We’re going to make sure that is a world-class arrival experience in Adelaide Street and a much more pleasant environment, a safer environment, for pedestrians as well.”
Adelaide Street, one of four key city boulevards that is both pedestrian and transit-oriented within Brisbane’s CBD, was originally sounded out for its development potential in the City Centre Master Plan 2014.
“We need to plan a desirable entry point into the heart of the city ahead of the high-frequency Brisbane Metro, which is expected to increase passenger numbers to King George Square by 120 per cent,” Schrinner said.
Council is currently evaluating expressions of interest from five consortia to build the inner city infrastructure for the Metro before releasing a short-list to commence the tender proposal phase later this year.
The Brisbane Metro will stretch 21 kilometres, from Eight Mile Plains to Roma Street Station, and from the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital to UQ Lakes busway station.
Out of the project’s budget, $196 million has been set aside for the depot, fleet and systems, $557 million for infrastructure and project management and delivery costs $189 million.
The Brisbane Metro’s station at South Brisbane’s Cultural Centrewill cost $315 million, about a third of the metro’s budget.
The route will also close Victoria Bridge to vehicles, reconfiguring the number of metro and bus lanes from four to three, and includes the dedicated off-road cyclist and pedestrian path.
Brisbane residents can provide feedback on the draft Adelaide Street vision until 24 June, after which the council will begin working on the vision coinciding with Brisbane Metro’s construction timeline.
Developers, Government and Council Ink $1.2bn Infrastructure Deal
A $1.2 billion deal to secure the infrastructure needs of two priority development areas over the next 45 years has been made between Queensland government, Logan City council and nine property developers.
The deal will ensure necessary funding towards local roads, water and sewerage facilities for the two development areas Yarrabilba and Greater Flagstone, both located roughly within a 55-kilometre distance from Brisbane CBD.
The nine developers include Lendlease, Villa World, Mirvac, Peet, Pioneer-Fortune, Celestino, Pacific International, New Beith and Gittins.
The two areas are slated to deliver a substantial portion of new housing in south-east Queensland over the next three-to-four decades.
Infrastructure and planning minister Cameron Dick described the deal as the largest infrastructure agreement of its type.
“Some 170 kilometres of council roads will be upgraded through these developer contributions and over the next six years alone, the agreement will see up to $400 million in infrastructure investment, which will support more than 130 construction jobs each year,” Dick said.
“The deal will guarantee the roads, water supply and wastewater infrastructure needed to connect the emerging communities with the surrounding networks are delivered without placing an impost on existing ratepayers.”
Developers will fund the infrastructure through upfront charges, above their development costs within the Flagstone and Yarrabilba areas.
Lendlease Queensland Communities general manager Guy Gibson said the commitment by all parties will see major infrastructure improvements for the Yarrabilba community and Greater Flagstone.
“The finalisation of these infrastructure agreements with the State Government and Logan City Council is an important milestone in ensuring that over the next 45 years the project continues to be well planned and appropriately serviced.”
Facilities have already been delivered in the region, including two primary schools, retail precincts, a sports and community hub and recreational parks.
A state primary and high school are scheduled to open in 2020, while two further schools, one state and one independent, are each in the planning phase for greater Flagstone and Yarrabilba.
New $250m Underground Plans for Roma Street
Brisbane’s Roma Street busway station will be dug underground and integrated with the new Cross River Rail platforms, in a $250 million plan announced on Friday.
While a new underground train station was already promised for the Roma Street site, deputy Premier Jackie Trad unveiled plans that the 650-metre long busway would also be moved below, to be located directly under the Roma Street station plaza.
Despite no federal funding for $5.4 billion Cross River Rail project, Trad said the new underground busway would be delivered as an additional transport infrastructure project, funded by Transport and Main Roads.
“The underground interchange for the Inner Northern Busway to the Cross River Rail Project will support 480 jobs,” Trad said.
The Queensland government expects 36,000 people will transfer daily between rail and buses at the Roma Street station when the project is finished in 2024.
Plans will see the Roma Street precinct revitalised by replacing the “tired” transit centre, with the existing above-ground interchange to be demolished.
The new street frontage station plaza will be built on top of the busway interchange with underground train and bus plaza levels linked by lifts and escalators.
Cross River Rail early works have already commenced in Woolloongabba in Brisbane’s inner south-east.
Contractors are expected to start on Roma Street Station’s underground busway interchange by late-2019.
The multi-billion-dollar project
Cross River Rail is a 10.2 kilometre rail line from Dutton Park to Bowen Hills, which includes 5.9 kilometres of tunnel under the Brisbane River and Brisbane City Centre.
It’s anticipated a trip from Albert Street to The Gabba would take around three minutes.
Once Cross River Rail is open, 36,000 passengers are expected to use Roma Street each day to transfer between buses and trains.
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