An annual event that gives the public a unique opportunity to view some of Brisbane’s iconic heritage sites has received a significant boost with the Queensland government announcing $150,000 in funding to be distributed over three years.
The Brisbane Open House will receive $50,000 per financial year to fund the production of print and online promotional material. The latest infusion is in addition to other funding that the event receives from the state government and Brisbane City Council.
Held in conjunction with World Architecture Day in October each year, the Brisbane Open House event opens up selected buildings to the public with guided and self-guided tours. The 2016 event, which drew 68,000 visitors, saw participation by 100 places and spaces, including 54 state heritage-listed buildings.
Steven Miles, Queensland’s minister for environment and heritage protection observes that the public gets a behind-the-scenes look at some of Brisbane’s most iconic heritage sites as they open their doors for Brisbane Open House. He adds that the event has inspired people to engage with the city’s historical sites and celebrate its rich history and diverse built environment.
Brisbane Open House 2017 will be held from 7 to 8 October.
Image: Torbreck, Brisbane, by Aubrey H Job & RP Froud (1961) has been a part of the Brisbane Open House program. Photo: Christopher Frederick Jones