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Wayne Swan

Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer

3 December 2007 - 27 June 2013

30 April 2011


Joint Media Release with
The Hon Anna Bligh MP
Premier of Queensland
Senator the Hon Joe Ludwig
Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
Minister Assisting the Attorney-General
on Queensland Floods Recovery

Hunt for Cutting-Edge Designs for Brisbane Ferry Terminals

The Federal and Queensland Governments today announced the hunt is on for cutting-edge designs for eight Brisbane Ferry Terminals destroyed during the floods.

Acting Prime Minister and Treasurer Wayne Swan, Queensland Premier Anna Bligh and Joe Ludwig, Minister Assisting the Attorney-General on Queensland Floods Recovery, today launched the international design competition for the terminals that will be rebuilt with Federal and State funds.

"This competition is an invitation to designers and architects from across the world to become part of the rebuilding of our city," Mr Swan said. "The results of this design competition will show everyone that Brisbane is not just back on its feet, it's standing tall again."

Premier Bligh said this was an unprecedented partnership between the Federal and State Governments who have committed $145 million to replace the Brisbane Ferry Terminals and the Riverwalk.

"CityCat and Ferry Terminals are not infrastructure that would normally qualify for funding under the National Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements, but the State and Federal Governments recognise how vital they are to our capital's transport infrastructure.

"That's why we stepped in to fully fund their reconstruction. What's more, it's an opportunity to put a unique stamp on our city. We have some truly iconic infrastructure here in Brisbane, from the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) to the Kurilpa Bridge.

"This is a once-in-a-generation chance to build CityCat and Ferry Terminals that are truly unique and will be instantly recognisable as a distinctive part of the River City's landscape."

Expressions of interest will be sought for a single design that can be adapted for eight terminals at River Plaza, West End, North Quay, Queensland University of Technology, Sydney Street, Holman Street, Regatta, and University of Queensland St Lucia.

A selection panel, chaired by the Government Architect Professor Philip Follent, and supported by a technical advisory group, including representatives from Brisbane City Council, will select a shortlist of three who will be asked to develop a concept design.

The winning design will be awarded a contract as consulting architect. Members of the public will also be able to have their say on the shortlisted entries.

Expressions of Interest open on Thursday 5 May 2011. For more information go to

30 April 2011