South Bank has scored the coveted Mayfair position in Monopoly: Brisbane Edition.
Unveiled, appropriately enough, at South Bank today by Lord Mayor Graham Quirk and Mr Monopoly, the Monopoly: Brisbane Edition landmarks replace the famous London streets from the original board game.
Cultural hub South Bank was awarded the exclusive and highly prized Mayfair position, while the Heritage-listed Story Bridge scored the coveted Blue position.
Jason Cairn, from Monopoly: Brisbane Edition manufacturer Winning Moves Australia, said the local landmarks were chosen based on suggestions offered by the public via email and Facebook.
“It was enlightening to consult with the public who resoundingly favoured South Bank, citing its lush parklands, unique beach, river views, world class eateries and events as reasons why it should be awarded the premier location on the board,” he said.
“Brisbane’s longest cantilever bridge connecting the northern and southern suburbs, Story Bridge was a popular second choice.”
On the other end of the spectrum, Mt Coot-Tha Lookout and Fortitude Valley received the backhanded compliment of being selected for the thrifty Brown portfolio.
Waterfront locations Portside Wharf, Manly Harbour Village and Breakfast Creek made up the Yellow portfolio.
Sporting hot spots Eagle Farm Racecourse, The Gabba and Suncorp Stadium were chosen for the Orange portfolio; while Riverlife, City Hall – Shingle Inn and Brisbane Showgrounds – EKKA were chosen for the Light Blue locations.
Cultural hotspots QPAC, Queensland Museum and QAGOMA were selected for the Red portfolio; and shopaholics will gravitate towards the Pink portfolio’s Queen Street Mall and Eagle Street Pier.
Green is (kind of) the environmental portfolio, with Tangalooma Island Resort, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and University of Queensland.
The utilities have also been localised, with the inclusion of Brisbane Water, while Brisbane Trains, Brisbane Ferries, Brisbane Airport and Brisbane Buses take the traditional railway spots.
Even the Community Chest and Chance Cards have been given Brisbane tweaks — you’ll be fined for speeding on the Story Bridge and accidentally entering the Clem Jones Tunnel, and you’ll have to pay to un-impound your car after you cop a fine for hooning.
Public transport is just as problematic — you’ll be asked to go back three spaces when you forget to tap on with your GO card, or when Fortitude Valley station is flooded.
You’ll be able to score dollars with the right cards, of course — you’ll collect money for heading to the Goldie for a weekend away with your mates, winning first place in the Great Court Race at the University of Queensland, or watching the city lights from Mt Coot-tha.
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the board promotes the landmarks that stand out to locals and international visitors alike.
“The locations and buildings featured on the board serve as a reminder that our city has a lot to be proud of,” Cr Quirk said.
“I encourage everyone to discover or rediscover our world-class iconic landmarks and destinations.”
Monopoly: Brisbane Edition is available now and will set you back $49.95.
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