An natural history and science museum – Queensland Academy of Sciences – has been proposed for Brisbane by Australia’s Liberal National Party (LNP).
The party, currently in opposition, says it will build the AUS$1 billion (US$750m) project next to the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) on the banks of the Brisbane River if it wins the upcoming state election.
Queensland Academy of Sciences – a ‘once in a generation’ project
The plan will be a “once in a generation transformative project to put Queensland at the forefront of tourism, science, technology and the environment,” says Queensland LNP leader Tim Nichols.
The Queensland Academy of Sciences would house a natural history museum, living science displays, an aquarium and world-class research and educational facilities. To be built on the site of the Parmalat milk factory, it is modelled in part on San Francisco’s California Academy of Sciences.
LNP shadow minister for Science and Innovation, Tarnya Smith says the party would invite design proposals for the museum within the first 100 days of forming government: “Just like the Opera House, we will conduct an international design competition to ensure we truly get an architectural icon. We want this ‘living building’ to be an ecological masterpiece that Queenslanders can proudly call their own for generations to come.”
The latest the Queensland state election can be held is May 2018.