Premier Annastacia Plaszczuk turned up yesterday at the site of Brisbane's Queen's Wharf development project, as sod was officially turned.
Demolition work began two years ago, but this week marked the official starting date of construction works.
The project is expected to result in a $3 billion hospitality and entertainment development and a public space the size of 12 football fields. It will include five hotels, 50 restaurants, bars and cafes and a casino.
The official opening is expected to be in 2022.
Casino Will Bring in Thousands of Jobs
At the turning-of-the-sod ceremony this week, Premier Palaszczuk said that the new project was extremely important for Brisbane, since it would generate thousands and thousands of new jobs.
It is expected that 2,000 people will be employed in the construction of the project alone, while a further 8,000 will be employed on an ongoing basis.
The six star casino will be run by Star Entertainment and the Australian casino group, along with TAFE Queensland, has set up the Queensland Hotel and Hospitality School in order to train staff ahead of the opening of the casino, hotels and restaurants.
"This is going to be a jobs bonanza, and with the opening of the second airport runway, we are going to see the ability to bring even more tourists here to Queensland," said the Premier.
"This is a huge game-changer for Brisbane."
The Queensland government believes that Brisbane's proximity to Asia will make the new casino a big attraction to high roller VIP gamblers from China.
Massive Demolition Works
Significant demolition works had to take place before construction of Queen's Wharf could begin. Among the structures knocked down to make way for the site was the state government's old Executive Building.
450,000 cubic meters of earth now need to hollowed out to the depth of 26 meters in order to create the massive foundations for the new complex.
To date, workers have removed and recycled 55,000 tonnes of concrete, 5,000 tonnes of steel and 50 tonnes of wire, cable and copper. The government said that 90% of the materials were recycled.