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Australia’s oldest bridge still in use

“Richmond Bridge is a lasting symbol of Tasmania’s convict heritage. The sandstone arches of Australia’s oldest known large stone arch bridge have spanned Tasmania’s Coal River since its completion in 1825. Built by convict labour, the Richmond Bridge reminds us of the forced migration that contributed to the development of Australian society.”  Department of Environment – summary of this National Heritage Place listing.

Do you need a bridge builder to connect with stakeholders for your projects and property dealings? If so, please lay the foundation stone here by contacting GPSü as we build bridges to agreements for land  and heritage.

Champion of Origin – Queensland & Victoria

Queensland State Archives display in Queens Street Mall 22/6/2016.

With Queensland winning the State of Origin series for 2016, it was interesting to see on the same day, the “Origin of Origin” display by Queensland State Archives in the Queens Street Mall. This prompted some research and reflection on the deep seated rivalry with New South Wales beyond the football story we are fed each year during the State of Origin telecast.

The Origin of Origin display contained the Proclamation of Queensland which declared Queensland a separate colony from New South Wales on 10th December 1859, when it was read to the 1st crowd of Queenslanders that had gathered. This initial crowd was about 4,000 people, presumably all cheering fans.

Proclamation (page 1) and transcript

Proclamation (page 2) and transcript

The origin theme becomes even more interesting when you consider that Lang Park (now called Suncorp Stadium) was initially named after Reverend John Dunmore Lang who not only had earlier established the cemetery on the same site in 1840 but also championed the separatist cause for areas now called Queensland and Victoria and is widely regarded as the author of separation which created New South Wales’ two great long standing rivalries which live on through sporting fans today.

In 1844, Reverend Lang, or “Reverend Agitator” as he was dubbed, called for the creation of a northern colony whilst he represented Moreton Bay (Brisbane and surrounds) in the New South Wales Legislative Council. This was defeated in the Council by 26 votes to seven.

Reverend Lang never gave up, as he must have had an unconquerable spirit similar to the Queensland spirit Queenslanders hear of during the annual State of Origin series and times of adversity.

Between 1851 and 1854 he held nine meetings to gain support for the separation. Support from the northern inhabitants for the separation was fuelled by perceptions that the northern district was increasingly neglected by the Government in Sydney.

In addition to separation of Queensland and Victoria, Reverend Lang’s political triumphs included the cessation of convict transportation, the introduction of responsible and democratic government, radical land reform, National education and the abolition of state aid to religion.

Darren Lockyer statue, Suncorp Stadium by Rae Allen

So maybe Suncorp Stadium should reserve a space for a bronze statue of this original Champion of Queensland, Reverend Lang, without whom there would have only ever been a one sided game favouring New South Wales.

More information about Reverend Lang is included via the references below. In considering the balance of Reverend Lang’s activism for the colonisation of Queensland, it is worth also considering the impacts that invasion, immigration and colonisation had on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples across the various colonies (now States of Australia) and throughout our shared history.


Peter Stanley is the Land Access & Property Consultant at GPSU.  GPSü will find ü Goodwill Project Solutions for enhancing your reputation and delivering land to your development. You can reach him at and discover more about GPSü at




D. W. A. Baker, ‘Lang, John Dunmore (1799–1878)’, Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, published first in hardcopy 1967, accessed online 23 June 2016.

This article was first published in hardcopy in Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 2, (MUP), 1967. Viewed at


Reverend Dr. John Dunmore LangJournal of the Royal Historical Society of Queensland volume 6 issue 1: pp. 236-246, Austin, C. G., Jordan, A. A., Laurie, Arthur Brisbane, Qld. Royal Historical Society of Queensland, 1959, Viewed 23/6/2016 at


The Langs in Queensland 1858-65: an unwritten chapter’, Cryle, Denis, 1949- Brisbane, Qld. Royal Historical Society of Queensland, 1987Journal of the Royal Historical Society of Queensland volume 13 issue 4: pp. 133-152, Viewed 23/06/2016 at


Quote on peace builders and bridge builders

Quote on peace builders and bridge builders.

“Become a peace builder, a bridge builder, not a destroyer, and the way you do that is through friendships and relationships, and through authentic character.” Ravi Zacharias


Aim for Goodwill

Picture by AK Rockefeller

“If you argue and rankle and contradict, you may achieve a temporary victory – sometimes; but it will be an empty victory because you will never get your opponent’s good will.” Benjamin Franklin

QLD the land of big hearts – could Petrie get the next icon?

Queenslanders pride themselves on their big hearts. Just ask any State of Origin fan.

The state’s been fortunate to have a heart shaped reef used as an icon in it’s tourism for Queensland and it’s Great Barrier Reef.  Also the Gold Coast hinterland has a heart shaped rock pool at Killarney Glen falls that will possibly become more famous during the 2018 Commonwealth games.

                  Heart Reef photo by F Delventhal

So what does this have to do with Petrie?

Moreton Bay Regional Council is seeking community feedback about the Moreton Bay Region University Precinct and Mayor Sutherland has said “Community feedback will be at the heart of how we develop this bustling new destination to generate thousands of local study opportunities and jobs for our region.”

In my opinion, the MBRC’s acquisition of the Petrie Mill and concept for developing a university on the site has been a strategic win for the community. The land is situated near the heart of the residential density of MBRC and strategically located adjacent to Petrie Station at the junction of the Caboolture Line and soon to be opened Kippa Ring Line. So the land is well located to achieve the jobs and educational benefits that their plan aims for.

This community feedback provides the opportunity to encapsulate the best ideas and common themes from community stakeholders to ensure the precinct develops into an area the community will love.

So my idea, that I wish to float by you and get your feedback on, is to see a big heart lake (reshaping the existing man-made lake) within the proposed University Precinct. The lake would need modifications to one side for everyone else to see the heart.  This could be achieved through earthworks to increase the usable area of the precinct site, or to a lesser effect, simply through planting around and within the lake.

So imagine if the man-made lake was reshaped to look like a symbolic love heart. This would give the precinct something more iconic to include in their branding and marketing. As every map would show the big heart that Queenslanders pride themselves on.

Please leave your feedback in the comments area below on this big hearted “Love Lake concept”.  Despite this being a man made lake, it is acknowledged there would be environmental costs that would need mitigating in order to realise the benefits of an iconic lake for the University Precinct.

If you are from the MBRC region, I also encourage you to have your say direct to MBRC about the University Precinct. To do so, simply register your details online and fill out the survey at University Precinct.

The survey will be available until 31 May 2016 late June 2016 as per response below from Councillor Denise Sims confirming MBRC survey extension for a further month due to a great take up from the community.

Councillor Denise Sims’ reply on Facebook confirming 1 month extension to Community Feedback survey.

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Peter Stanley, Land Access and Property Consultant at GPSü Pty Ltd