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State of Origin Party Ideas

We’re approaching that time of year again where it becomes state against state and mate against mate. What happens if you live in Brisbane, and you cannot afford to travel to Sydney to watch games one and three? Luckily, there are State of Origin party supplies that will keep everything moving smoothly. You can show your true colours whether you are a blues fan or a maroons fan. Anyone who loves State of Origin will love these amazing decorations.

The first clash of State of Origin happens at the end of May, and it’s an exciting time for everyone. You do not have to attend the party in Sydney. In fact, you can organize a fun gathering in Brisbane and put together a great theme with party supplies that bring the action to your TV. There are some easy options online that can add to the atmosphere of your party. Speaking of cool State of Origin party ideas, why not greet your friends with a balloon wall, and have the clashing team’s colours? A balloon display like this looks extravagant, and it has a nice appeal. Instead of creating a balloon wall, you can also tack balloons around a door frame.

State of Origin party food becomes an equally important aspect of the fun. What good is a gathering without something to eat? Think about the easier party food when you have a gathering of friends and family who are watching the game. For example, you can create printable flags that will attach to the different coloured cupcakes. Cupcake toppers do not have much difficulty in making, and they are a great dessert treat especially for the halftime show. The QLD and NSW football cupcakes do not require much effort to make, and you only need some basic icing skills. What are some other State of Origin party food ideas? First, do not make it complicated. It can be as simple as ordering in some pizzas, but a lot of people have the same idea, so before you decide on pizza, why not have a BBQ with grilled pineapple, sausages and ribs?

Celebrating with a cake can add a level of legitimacy to the event, and you can even make the cake from your team’s favourite jersey. Everyone loves cake! Another one of the fun State of Origin party ideas is to create a predictor’s board where you say who will win. Have everyone guess what the end score will be and the person who comes the closest will a prize. You can also make it a cash prize where everyone puts $10 in the pool and the person who guesses the closest will walk away with the money.

Keeping the State of Origin spirit alive boils down to how you plan to celebrate it. You could honestly go to Sydney and have a terrible time. It does not matter where you are. What does matter is the friends you are surrounded by and how you plan to celebrate your State of Origin party.


South Bank Parklands

The South Bank Parklands are located at South Bank in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. The parkland, on the transformed site of Brisbane’s World Expo 88, was officially opened to the public on 20 June 1992.

The South Bank Parklands are located on the southern bank of the Brisbane River, at South Bank, directly opposite the City. The parklands are connected to the City by the Victoria Bridge at the northern end, and to Gardens Point by the Goodwill Bridge at the southern end.

The parklands consist of a mixture of rainforest, water, grassed areas and plazas as well as features such as the riverfront promenade, the Streets Beach, the Grand Arbour, the Courier Mail Piazza, the Nepal Peace Pagoda, the Wheel of Brisbane, restaurants, shops and fountains. The parklands are also home to the Queensland Conservatorium.

South Bank and its parklands are one of Brisbane’s most important cultural precincts and they regularly host large scale festivals and events. Approximately 11,000,000 people visit South Bank Parklands each year.


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The Goodwill Bridge

The Goodwill Bridge is a pedestrian and cyclist bridge which spans the Brisbane River in Brisbane, Australia. The bridge connects the South Bank Parklands in South Brisbane to Gardens Point in the Brisbane CBD.

The Goodwill Bridge was opened on 21 October 2001 and takes its name from most the popular entry in a public naming competition. The bridge does not carry any motorised traffic — it is shared by pedestrians, cyclists and inline skaters.

Two main components of The Goodwill Bridge are the pavilion and the arch. The pavilion is located in the middle of the Brisbane River between the arch and the city approach. It is a fundamental component of the pedestrian and cycle bridge and supports one end of the arch. The arch is 102 metres (335 feet) in length, 10 metres (33 feet) wide and 15 metres (49 feet) high and weighs 360 long tons (366 t; 403 short tons).


The structure was built downstream at Hemmant and took three months to construct. On completion barges floated the arch upstream at low tide it was floated under the Captain Cook Bridge and then lifted as a single structure into its final resting position by two heavy lift towers. Four strategically positioned platforms and the pavilion-viewing platform provide rest points for pedestrians and cyclists. With exception of cables, all materials utilised in the construction of the arch and the pavilions were sourced from local suppliers.

Controversy arose during the construction of the bridge over its growing cost, and a subsequent budgetary blow-out which resulted in the use of $20.3 million in government funds. The bridge was scheduled to be opened by Queen Elizabeth II during her visit for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting summit to be held in Brisbane, but after the postponement of that meeting and change of venue to Coolum on the Sunshine Coast in the wake of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, the bridge was instead opened by Queensland Premier, Peter Beattie.




The Victoria Bridge

The Victoria Bridge is a vehicular and pedestrian bridge over the Brisbane River. The current bridge, opened in 1969, is the third permanent crossing erected at this location. It is shared by vehicular traffic, pedestrians and cyclists.

Victoria Bridge connects South Brisbane near the South Bank Parklands and Queensland Cultural Centre to the Brisbane central business district (CBD) at North Quay.

Half of the road space on the bridge is now given over to the South-East Busway. In the 2006 Brisbane City Centre Draft Masterplan, a new crossing immediately adjacent to the Victoria Bridge, tentatively named the Adelaide Street Bridge was recommended for a feasibility study.

Construction of a bridge across the Brisbane River was first agreed to in 1861. The newly formed Legislative Assembly of Queensland forced the council to pay for the costs. £70,000 worth of borrowings was acquired from the Bank of Queensland.[3] Work first began on the foundations for the first bridge across the Brisbane River on 22 August 1864. The bridge, known as the Brisbane Bridge, was a tolled, timber structure which opened in June 1865. It was a temporary structure which was to be replaced by a more elaborately designed, iron lattice-girder bridge. The Bank of Queensland failed in July 1866, bringing about a halt to funding for the project. The state government was reluctant to take on responsibility for the bridge’s construction because it didn’t want to incur debt. The timber bridge quickly succumbed to marine wood worm and began to progressively collapse. The council wasn’t able to fully repair the structure and its remnants took two years to fall away into the river.

In 1871, an English company, Peto, Brassey and Co, agreed to complete the bridge. A new crossing, opened on 15 June 1874 by the Governor of Queensland, the George Phipps, 2nd Marquess of Normanby, was an iron structure and a toll bridge. The bridge was paid for by significant council borrowings that were to be recouped by tolls. However a lack of revenue forced its transfer to the Colonial Government. The tolls were abolished at this time. It included a turning span to allow tall masted river traffic to pass upstream. The position of the swinging span was fixed when the tram-lines were laid along the bridge. It carried a 6 in (0.15 m) and a 9 in (0.23 m) diameter pipe which supplied mains water to South Brisbane. This bridge was partially washed away in the 1893 Brisbane flood.

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Another replacement bridge was built and entered service in 1897, lasting until 1969, when it was demolished. In the meantime, ferries were used to transport people and goods. This second bridge was designed by Alfred Barton Brady. It was constructed of steel and had two carriage ways and two footpaths.[9] As early as 1943 evidence of the bridge buckling from the weight of increased traffic was noticed. Tram numbers on the bridge had to be restricted and the footpath removed as a result.

A new bridge which was opened on 14 April 1969, was needed to meet growing traffic demands. It cost A$3.2 million and featured a modern design which has been described as sleek and elegant. For a short period both bridges were open, each operating in one direction only.

A portion of the southern abutment of the previous bridge remains adjacent to the new bridge, carrying a pedestrian arch, a short remnant of tram track and a memorial to Hector Vasyli, a young boy who was killed in a traffic accident at that point when waving to servicemen returning from the First World War. The abutment is heritage-listed.

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The Kurilpa Bridge

The Kurilpa Bridge (originally known as the Tank Street Bridge) is a A$63 million pedestrian and bicycle bridge over the Brisbane River in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.The bridge connects Kurilpa Point in South Brisbane to Tank Street in the Brisbane central business district. In 2011, the bridge was judged World Transport Building of the Year at the World Architecture Festival.

Baulderstone Queensland Pty Ltd constructed the bridge and the company’s design team included Cox Rayner Architects and Arup Engineers.

A sod turning ceremony was held at Kurilpa Park, South Brisbane on 12 December 2007. The bridge was opened on 4 October 2009 by Queensland Premier Anna Bligh.

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