Crane your head to the sky and spot progress

The Courier-Mail - - STATE POLITICS -

THE num­ber of cranes on Bris­bane’s sky­line is start­ing to go up again, led by ma­jor projects such as Queen’s Wharf.

And in the state’s north, a $1.6 bil­lion ex­pan­sion of Townsville Port took a leap for­ward yes­ter­day with ap­proval of the En­vi­ron­men­tal Im­pact State­ment.

The lat­est Rider Levett Buck­nall Crane In­dex shows an in­crease of four, to 85, in Bris­bane in the six months to June. The fig­ure is still 10 be­low the pre­vi­ous 12 months, and 19 down on two years ago.

The num­ber of cranes work­ing on residential projects has dropped from 72 to 61, but the re­port found there had been strong ad­di­tions to the ho­tel and mixed-use sec­tors.

New projects in­clude Queen’s Wharf and the up­grade of Kings­ford Smith Drive.

South Bris­bane, West End and Wool­loongabba re­main hotspots, joined by Bu­randa, where three cranes are work­ing on al­most 1600 stu­dent rooms.

While Bris­bane has turned the cor­ner, the gap be­tween it and the south­ern cap­i­tals con­tin­ues to grow. Syd­ney has 350 cranes – more than half the na­tional to­tal – and Mel­bourne has hit a peak with 151.

The re­port found the Gold Coast was still show­ing signs of growth in 2017, up one to 31.

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