LNP to transform Brisbane with B.E.E.P - Better Queensland

LNP to transform Brisbane with B.E.E.P

  • Up to $2.5 Billion dollar project providing 7,750 jobs.
  • A new University Campus, Times Square type entertainment district, new health and Medical Hub, new television and production studios all part of LNP Plan.
  • Supercharged Market Led Proposal to pave the way for 17000 seat Brisbane live Arena

A Tim Nicholls-LNP Government will provide an exclusive mandate to help make Brisbane Live a reality, while also delivering a new inner city university campus, a new dynamic public square, film and broadcast production facilities, retail and apartments.  

LNP leader Tim Nicholls said the up to $2.5 billion Brisbane Entertainment and Education Precinct (B.E.E.P) would be modelled on other sports and transport-orientated developments around the world and would create thousands of jobs during construction and on an ongoing basis. 

“This will be a game changer for Brisbane,” Mr Nicholls said. 

“The LNP paved the way for the $3 billion Queens Wharf Development and, if elected, we will look to do the same for B.E.E.P as part of our plan to build a #betterQLD and create a ‘Jobs Bonanza’.

“The greatest risk Queenslanders face today is job insecurity. In the last year alone more than 30,000 Queenslanders lost their jobs – the worst year on record. 

“That’s why it’s important we get behind projects like B.E.E.P, which will create up to 7,750 jobs. 

“If elected the LNP would grant AEG Ogden and its partners a two-year exclusive mandate to come up with a fully costed business case to develop the site. 

“Once the plan is finalised, we will assess it within four months under our supercharged Market-Led Proposals (MLP) framework and so as long as it stacks up, work can start. 

“Under Labor, innovative private sector proposals have been stalled through the MLP process, that’s why we’ve committed to overhauling the framework so we’re working with proponents to actually get projects off the ground.

“The LNP has a track record when it comes to creating jobs and investment in Queensland. 

“We drove the Queens Wharf project and we will do the same with B.E.E.P.”

Mr Nicholls said under the LNP’s supercharged MLP framework, proponents will have far greater certainty, around the types of projects the government is looking to attract. 

“I would like to see a number of components in the B.E.E.P, including a sizeable public square, a university campus, production facilities, apartments, hotels, bars and restaurants,” he said.   

“Imagine a packed crowd pouring out from a Brisbane Live event into a Times Square type area. The square at the B.E.E.P would be a place where fans can celebrate major events, and where festivals and celebrations boost pride, community identity, quality of life and other intangible benefits.

“The public square would be an absolutely critical feature of this new entertainment precinct. Dynamic public spaces are what people are seeking now – from millennials all the way up – where they can have a great experience.

“I also believe there is an opportunity to develop multi-use television production facilities and eventually bring television network studios to the inner city from Mount Coot-tha.”

Mr Nicholls said education and learning will be a cornerstone of an LNP Government and which is why an education campus forms part of his vision for B.E.E.P.

“We will open up a tender process for a new university campus. It could be for an Australian University looking to expand or an international university looking to set up a campus here, all options will be on the table,” he said.

“It isn’t just some catchphrase, the LNP will literally build a better Queensland.

“The LNP’s Plan will create new jobs, support small business, invest in education to raise standards and provide better services for families and retirees.”

The LNP’s vision for the Brisbane Entertainment and Education Precinct includes:

  • A new university campus 
  • 12 hectares of new public space added to the 23 hectare Roma Street Parkland 
  • Times Square type public space and commercial precinct 
  • New Health and Medical Hub
  • 17,000 seat Brisbane Live arena
  • World class film and production studios

The project will deliver:

  • Up to $2.5 billion in investment with the potential for 7,750 jobs during construction
  • Enhanced public transport connections
  • New pedestrian access to Caxton Street, Kurilpa Bridge and George Street 
  • Protection of heritage building
  • World class residential developments

Photos of the project can be found at the link here.

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