Media Release: Boggo Road Gaol Redevelopment Update

The redevelopment at Boggo Road Gaol has entered into the next stage.

Calile Malouf Investments, who have the rights for the redevelopment, lodged their development application (DA), on Tuesday 20th October.

Boggo Road Gaol is the last undeveloped heritage site in the inner-city. Its value to the people of Queensland and Australia is immense.

Boggo Road Gaol Pty. Ltd. has held a license to operate tours and events at this historic site, for the past three-years. Boggo Road Gaol Director, Jack Sim – and his staff – have been associated with the jail for 18 years.

To date, we have had more than 50,000 people visit the Gaol on tours, functions and events, Mr. Sim said.

“Over the past-three years, we have developed the Gaol into a vibrant community space”.

“We’ve been in a unique position to gauge the public’s thoughts, as to what they want for the future of Boggo Road Gaol”.

“Visitors and locals want the Gaol to be a major tourist attraction for Brisbane and Queensland – like Port Arthur and Old Melbourne Gaols”, Mr. Sim Said.

To make Boggo Road Gaol a fantastic tourism experience, comparable to these heritage attractions, the remaining cell blocks and cells must be retained, to convey the sites historical significance.

“The proposed markets and entertainment precincts are great ideas. However, the balance between how much of the gaol is adaptively re-used for entertainment, café’s and bars, versus the retainment of cultural heritage tourism is not right”, Mr. Sim Said.

Excellent access for visitors, especially – senior citizens, schools, students and disabled groups – is essential.

The ability to drop these groups literally at the gates, will end with the current proposal.

The Gaol belongs to the people of Queensland. We encourage the public to play their role in Boggo Roads future, by examining the plans and submitting their thoughts.

You can comment on the development application (A004241967), to Brisbane City Council by going to this link http://bit.ly/1QZevwQ

Boggo Road Pty. Ltd. will submit a proposal, in line with the development application process.

We will continue to work with the developers and Brisbane City Council to achieve a positive outcome for all stakeholders.

We have been greatly involved in the process to date. We will continue our liaison, as part of this process, and to share feedback from visitors and tourists alike.

Alternatively, you can contact council directly by:

Phone: 3403 8888

Website: www.brisbane.qld.gov.au

Or Post:

Brisbane City Council
GPO Box 1434
Brisbane Qld 4001

You can follow our latest updates at the Boggo Road Gaol Facebook page: www.facebook.com/boggoroadgaol/

Tours at Boggo Road Gaol will continue to operate.

To book, visit www.boggoroadgaol.com/tours/ or call (07) 3844 0059.

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Media Contacts:

Jack Sim

Boggo Road Pty. Ltd. Director

P: 0409 617 394

E: manager@boggoroadgaol.com

Kayla Pratt

Boggo Road Gaol Marketing Coordinator

P: 0478 191 901

E: marketing@boggoroadgaol.com

 

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