After many years of success, South Bank Corporation saw the implementation of the 1997-2001 Master Plan Redevelopment for the Parklands. One of the key objectives of the 1997 Master Plan was to improve access and connectivity with surrounding areas. In order to establish South Bank as a part of the wider inner urban precinct, the Master Plan called for the Grey Street and Little Stanley Street grid to be reintroduced into a vibrant retail and commercial strip. Relocation of the busway and the development of an underground car park increased accessibility to the Parklands. The construction of the Goodwill Bridge was dedicated to pedestrian and cycle traffic to connect South Bank and the City. Due to South Bank Corporation’s goal of connectivity, in 2006 South Bank was recognised as part of the Brisbane City frame. Today around 12,000 people live or work in this award winning and internationally recognised precinct.
Around us you will see the Wheel of Brisbane and South Bank Cultural Precinct. The Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane takes you on a 15 minute ride with 360 degree views of Brisbane and includes an audio tour offering insight into landmarks and other interesting Brisbane information. The 60 metre tall wheel opened in 2008 and offers day, sunset and sparkling city night rides. Take a walk around the area that showcases the art and culture the South Bank has to offer; take a photo with the Brisbane sign. Visit the Queensland Performance Arts Centre, Queensland Museum and Sciencentre, Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art or State Library of Queensland.
What question/s will you ask the participants at this stop? (min 2 questions)
1. How tall do you think the wheel is?
2. What strategies can you think of to improve access and connectivity with surrounding areas?
That marks the end of our tour. Thankyou for listening and following along. I hope you have learnt a great deal about the history of South Bank and can take something away from today's experience. I encourage you to continue this walk down Clem Jones Promenade to River Quay. It is a popular scenic riverwalk with views of the river and Brisbane CBD and ends at award winning restaurants located at River Quay. Thankyou again and enjoy the rest of your stay in Brisbane.