Dr Anthony Lynham


New South Bank master plan


14 December, 2018 –

South Bank is a favourite destination for locals and visitors alike, but it’s important that the area continues to evolve and meet the needs of the community.

It’s been thirty years since South Bank hosted World Expo ’88 and the Palaszczuk Government and South Bank Corporation are developing a new master plan to revitalise the ‘people’s place’ for the next 30 years and beyond.

The new master plan will be for and by the community. It will be informed by public consultation and will harness the knowledge of planning and design experts, local First Nations groups, the people who live and work in the precinct and visitors alike.

Key stakeholders will also be involved, including Brisbane City Council, Business South Bank and the Queensland Performing Arts Centre.

The new master plan – funded by South Bank Corporation – will take about two years to develop, and a draft plan will be made available for public and stakeholder consultation.

To have your say on the new master plan visit futuresouthbank.com.au

A popular place

  • Around 14 million people visited South Bank last year – more than double the 6 million visitors to the parkland in 2004.
  • More than 8,000 people worked across the site in the 2016-17 financial year, helping to deliver $906 million in gross regional product for the state and a turnover of $1.7 billion for the precinct.
  • More than 15 million people visited South Bank during Expo ‘88 (April to October 1988).


  • South Bank has continually evolved – first as a meeting place for traditional landowners, the Turrbal and Jagera people, then as an early colonial port and bustling industrial zone.
  • The site was transformed to become the home of World Expo ’88 and has gone on to become a vibrant urban cultural precinct enjoyed by millions of people each year.
    Expo ‘88
  • At the conclusion of Expo ’88, the Queensland Government made the decision to retain South Bank under government ownership to create this unique precinct.
    The South Bank Corporation Act was passed in 1989, and the newly formed South Bank Corporation began work transforming the site into the amazing place it is today. In 1992, the parklands officially opened to the public.


  • All heritage listed venues and structures will be protected for future generations.
  • While there will be some changes, iconic elements of the precinct like Streets Beach, the Grand Arbour and Clem Jones Promenade, the site’s connection to World Expo ’88, its green space, and the unique Queensland feel of South Bank, will remain.

Further information can be found on the South Bank Corporation website – southbankcorporation.com.au