Brisbane is on the move with restorations on the historic City Hall really taking shape and now work on the next phase of the Portside Wharf project getting underway.

The multi-million-dollar development is part of the government’s commitment to better manage the state’s booming population growth.

Charlotte Paterson reports.

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On site at the 215-million-dollar restoration of Brisbane’s City Hall. Lord Mayor Campbell Newman revealed the new roof-top location for the Museum of Brisbane and announced plans for a modern kitchen.

He says the self-sufficient kitchen will cater to more than twelve hundred people, will help ensure City Hall remains the heart of civic and community life within the CBD for years to come.

Campbell Newman, Brisbane Lord Mayor: “Our objective is to give back City Hall as this fantastic community resource for the people of Brisbane.”

Despite a shortfall in general donations from rate payers Mr Newman says he’s determined to get the job done by late 2012.

That’s the old, and for the new, Minister for Infrastructure and Planning Stirling Hinchliffe was at the Portside Wharf development site.

Stirling Hinchliffe, Qld Minister for Infrastructure and Planning: “The high density projects and developments like this are about, not only, accommodating the extra population that we have, but protecting the unique Queensland lifestyle that we enjoy.”

The minister says the project will boost the city’s riverfront with a mix of residents and commercial activities.

The Minister says the project will create 450 jobs over the next 18 months. And with more than half of the development’s dwellings already sold, nearby businesses are sure to benefit as shoppers flock to the area.

The is project is all about easing the pressure on Brisbane’s remaining tin-and-timber suburbs.

Charlotte Paterson, QUT News.