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City Hall rededicated to the people of Brisbane

05 April, 2013

City Hall rededicated to the people of Brisbane

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk will open City Hall’s doors to the people of Brisbane on Saturday, 6 April, as part of celebrations for the historic building’s rededication and its $215 million restoration.

The Lord Mayor said the community would be invited to visit the beautifully-restored building following a ceremony in King George Square in which Her Excellency Penelope Wensley AC, Governor of Queensland, would unveil a special ‘Rededication Stone’.

“After three years of crucial restorations and repairs, I am excited that we are so close to delivering a modern, structurally stronger and more accessible City Hall back to the people of Brisbane,” he said.

“This truly is the people’s place and I hope Brisbane residents and visitors will come and see the features and events City Hall will offer.”

The Rededication Stone is a 130 kilogram marble stone similar to the existing ‘Foundation Stone’ – a stone which was unveiled in 1920 to commemorate building works starting on City Hall and is now affixed to the front of the building.

The Rededication Stone will be placed on the front of City Hall facing King George Square at the Ann Street end of the building, commemorating the hard work that has gone into the three-year project and all the supporters of the National Trust Brisbane City Hall Appeal.

Cr Quirk said most of the newly-restored rooms would be open for viewing over the rededication weekend, where people could see how the restoration works balanced the building’s original 1930s design with the introduction of modern features.

“I think people will be impressed by both how City Hall’s ‘old world charm’ has been enhanced and the subtle integration of new additions such as the 8,500 LED lights above the main auditorium, the large industrial kitchen built underneath it and the four new function rooms,” Cr Quirk said.

“For the first time, the Museum of Brisbane (MoB) will open the doors of its new home on top of City Hall to showcase its much-anticipated three new exhibitions.”

City Hall will be open for self-guided tours on Saturday, 6 April from 11.00 am to 5pm and Sunday, 7 April from 8.00am to 5pm.

A variety of family entertainment will be on offer over the weekend including four Queensland choirs, the Queensland Ballet, Jumping John from the Silly Billies and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. More special entertainment will be showcased throughout the week, including musician James Morrison, movies and circus workshops.

For more information about City Hall’s reopening visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or phone Council on 3403 8888. [ENDS]

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