TJ Ryan Foundation Research Associate, Chris Salisbury, comments on the Queens Wharf resort development in Brisbane’s CBD and the looming demolition of the old Executive Building in George Street. The author ponders the building’s political ‘heritage’, and what will become of the huge Beattie government logos on its rooftop.
‘CBD commuters in Brisbane will have noticed signs of disruption around William Street and Queens Wharf Road. This follows the handover on January 1 of the Queens Wharf resort and casino site to the Destination Brisbane Consortium.
‘Basking in a new year glow, State Development Minister Anthony Lynham happily declared the jobs-generating project officially underway. Contractors have commenced site-enabling works, which include “soft strip-out” of three adjoining, now-emptied government buildings soon to be demolished.
‘A focus of media attention in the last month was the coming demolition of the former Executive Building at 100 George Street. Stories highlighted the building’s rich internal history, tracking the public’s last glances inside the old Cabinet room and Premier’s office.
‘Little focus was given to the building’s distinctive external features, and even less to the Beattie-era government logo adorning the top of the building. Perhaps few will lament the logo’s departure. Still, it’s worth noting that this highly visible and very recognisable legacy of the Beattie era will soon disappear from its prominent place in the city’s skyline.’