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Council unlocks Spring Hill Reservoirs for Brisbane Open House

10 October, 2014

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk is encouraging Brisbane residents to take up the rare opportunity to explore a number of significant Council assets as part of this years Brisbane Open House.

The Lord Mayor said the annual Council-sponsored event would see around 90 of the city’s most remarkable, historic and architecturally unique buildings open their doors to the public free-of-charge for an exclusive sneak peek on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 October.

“Council is proud to take part in the Brisbane Open House program, opening the doors of some of our best City assets such as City Hall – including the magnificent Main Auditorium, unique Father Henry Willis Organ, historic WWII Signature Wall and iconic Clock Tower,” he said.

“For the first time as part of Brisbane Open House, Council will also be opening up the historic Spring Hill Reservoirs and the Walter Taylor Bridge north tower in Indooroopilly.

“The Spring Hill Reservoirs have a rich history, being built by convicts 150 years ago from 1871-1882, and forming part of Brisbane’s first gravity-fed water supply. They have been padlocked for almost 50 years, officially making their debut as an entertainment venue in just July this year, so this really is an exciting new offering for residents to discover.

“Following an extensive renovation, the Walter Taylor Bridge’s north Tower opened late last year for weekend historical Brisbane Greeter guided tours, which have been popular with residents. Since being constructed in 1936, the bridge’s towers have housed a tollway, boat shed, residential accommodation and a storage facility, and now these tours celebrate this rich history.”

Cr Quirk said Council would be again reopening the Old Windmill Tower in Spring Hill following great interest last year with more than 1,600 people drawn in to take a look.

“The Old Windmill Tower is the oldest convict-built structure surviving in Queensland and is also the oldest windmill tower left standing in the country. It is only opened up once-a-year for this event, with visitors invited to climb to the top or to admire from below,” Cr Quirk said.

He said the Howard Smith Wharves site below the Story Bridge, was another must-do as part of the event, being one of the last remaining wharf sites in the city centre.

“Howard Smith Wharves boasts a rich history as a bustling location for business dating back to the 1930s when it was home to a shipping company,” he said.

Residents can also take guided tours in Brisbane Square, exploring Brisbane Square Library on the ground floor – particularly its automated book sorting machine – and taking in the panoramic city views from Council’s conference centre on Level 16.

Tour places are limited and bookings are required at some venues. For more information about Brisbane Open House or to book a tour, visit www.brisbaneopenhouse.com.au

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