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Third crane at Queen’s Wharf site

Thu, Aug 22, 7:54am by Staff Writer

Queensland’s Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones revealed on Wednesday that a third tower crane would soon tower over Queen’s Wharf’s Brisbane.

Mirage News reports that the first of the site’s tower cranes started operating in late June.

The third crane will go up over the weekend, but by Christmas there could be as many as 10 craines at the site.

“This just means there are more jobs for construction workers in the heart of Brisbane,” she said.

“Already we’ve got hundreds of workers on site. But as we see activity ramping up, the contractor will be on the lookout for more and more staff.”

During its peak construction phase, Queen’s Wharf will employ more than 2000 construction workers.

Once it’s up and running with 50 new restaurants and a world-class retail precinct, the area will support more than 8,000 local jobs.

“After two-and-a-half years of demolition, construction has now begun – it’s an exciting time for Brisbane,” Ms Jones said.

“The tower cranes will be used to build the three integrated resort towers, first residential tower, podium level and greatly anticipated Sky Deck, which will sit 108 metres above the river.”

“It will be toward the end of 2020 that we’ll see construction works reach the George Street level with the first stage of the integrated resort development ready for completion in late-2022.”

The contract to build Brisbane’s new inner-city Neville Bonner Bridge pedestrian bridge from Queen’s Wharf to South Brisbane will soon be released.

Around 100 workers will build the bridge – named in honour of Australia’s first Indigenous parliamentarian.

Queen’s Wharf construction underway

The first of ten tower cranes has arrived at the site of the $3.6 billion Queen’s Wharf integrated resort in Brisbane, marking an important step forward for the major project.

Casino News Daily reported in June that the first crane springing up at the site means that the hotel and casino resort’s development is moving from excavation to actual construction phase. Excavation work started nearly two and a half years ago.

Australian casino operator The Star Entertainment Group and its Chinese partners – Chow Tai Fook Enterprises and Far East Consortium formed Destination Brisbane Consortium to win the right to develop the Queen’s Wharf property over rival Crown Resorts in a 2015 tender.

The new 49-metre Favco crane will be used to build one of four hotel and residential towers planned for the resort.

Another crane will be built up next week.

Commenting on the new project milestone, Queensland Tourism Minister Kate Jones said that “when you have up to 10 tower cranes on the city skyline, that’s a great thing.”

Speaking to local media, Ms Jones added that the mega-resort scheme is a “project that will create long term sustainable jobs in Brisbane, and also be a game changer for Queensland’s tourism industry.”

The Tourism Minister revealed that 8,000 ongoing jobs will start being recruited from 2020 onwards.

She also pointed out that the State Government expects the integrated resort to “inject tens of millions of dollars back into the local economy” each year.

The Star’s complex in Brisbane is set to be completed in 2022.

Hotels, food, apartments and casino to feature

The property will feature four luxury hotels, more than 50 new food and beverage outlets, 2,000 residential apartments, a casino, as well as a public area occupying the equivalent of 12 football fields, among others.

Workers began preparing the site where the hotel and casino resort will be located in early 2016 with the demolition of non-heritage government buildings in the area.

Construction phase officially began in July, with Multiplex, the construction company, taking over from Probuild.

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