Submissions open Thursday 14 November and close Thursday 12 December 2019

QUAMPI, the Quandamooka Arts, Museum and Performance Institute will become Minjerribah’s cultural centrepiece located at 14-16 Ballow Road on beautiful Deanbilla Bay.

The centre has been almost 30 years in the making with many Elders and their families contributing to discussions with every level of government about a Cultural Centre on the Island since the 1990s.

QUAMPI will inject $8.5 million into Minjerribah and create 75 jobs during construction, and once operating, provide 18 ongoing jobs and add more than $2.5 million to the economy annually.

It will provide a contemporary tourism experience, and bring together ancient Quandamooka artefacts with contemporary art, music, dance and performance, as well as hosting international First Nation artists’ exhibitions and events. It will also have a café and dining facilities to host functions, conferences and other events to attract the growing business tourism market.

It will be a place for Quandamooka families that welcomes locals and visitors from near and far. And a place that Quandamooka Elders are proud of and that visitors come for an authentic cultural experience.

The design and layout was created by world-class Brisbane-based architects, Cox Architecture, in close consultation with QYAC.

QYAC and Cox Architecture have developed a ‘Quandamooka design philosophy’ that celebrates and embeds the Quandamooka foundations of Healthy Country, Healthy People and Healthy Culture into this and other projects. The design philosophy and concept were produced following extensive consultation and consideration of earlier studies and reports.

QYAC has been working with Elders, Traditional Owners, families, businesses and other stakeholders to have input into the design. Construction is planned to begin in 2020 and be complete by mid-2021.

Project delivery

The project is being delivered in 2 stages.
Stage 1 was completed in March 2019 and included:

  • site identification and securing the land at 14-16 Ballow Road, Dunwich
  • a project definition plan prepared by Cox incorporating the Quandamooka design philosophy, concept drawings and project planning principles
  • project and preliminary life cycle costings
  • site preparation, demolition and removal of the old asbestos mining barracks

Stage 2 is underway:

  • detailed design and layout by Cox Architecture
  • development approval
  • construction

Development approval

World-class Brisbane based architects, Cox, have finalised the detailed design and layout for QUAMPI and submissions are now being sought on the proposed infrastructure designation.

You can make a submission, on or before, 13 December 2019 to the Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning:

Designation reference MID-0109-0376
Phone 1300 967 433
Website https://planning.dsdmip.qld.gov.au/id-consultations
Email infrastructuredesignation@dsdmip.qld.gov.au
Mail PO Box 15009, City East, QLD, 4002

Construction opportunities

Expressions of interest (EOIs) for indicative works packages are now open for QUAMPI.

View the indicative works packages and scope.

EOIs close 31 January 2020.